#1
After paying a visit to some guitar stores, ive decided to make a few modifications to my fender stratocaster. =D

This is it in its current state.



Im buying a $300 floyd rose tremolo system and a humbucking neck pickup for about $75 to give it a thicker metal tone.

I didn't choose the exact pickup im getting, I should be able to get a decent quality one though for that price, hopefully a noiseless one too, as my stock neck pickup fuzzes quite alot with the tone switches up full.

Im a bit of a stranger to modifying guitars however. Should I also get a locking nut? Ive seen some kramer ones on ebay. Or would one be included with the tremolo system? The guy said this tremolo will stay in tune reasonably well, compared to some cheaper ones they had.

Should I try and invest in another guitar before using my whammy bar at gigs? In case of a string break or something?

Also I'd need to make a recession in the guitar so I can do upbends right? What tools would I need for this? Would it be safer to get this done at the store?

Finally, how do i do the wiring for the neck pickup? I have a single neck and middle pickup, and a humbucking bridge pickup. (as you can see in the pic) I have a 5 way selector, two tone knobs (currently for the neck and bridge pickup) and a volume knob (affects all pickups). Would the wiring be the same for my new neck pickup as for my current one?

Thanks in advance for help. =D
#2
Hey man, most humbuckers dont give much fuzz unless theyre low quality, hence the name

If youre planning on installing a floyd, its best to get a locking nut, although ive seen some people get by with just locking tuners.

You'll need to rerout the bridge too, if you want to install the floyd.

TBH, i would go for a new bridge p'up myself, but thats just me. I dont know how strats with humbuckers sound anyway.

Good luck, looking forward to what it looks like
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#3
I would just buy another guitar with a Floyd Rose already installed.

Why the conversion to Floyd? Stability? Up bends?
Both can be relatively had with a standard trem. Really.
How to setup your guitar for up bends:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=629891

For tuning stability, there are several things you should do:
First, arrange your springs like this:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b230/zjokka/1987%20MIJ%20Fender%20Stratocaster%20upgrade/DSCN2562klein.jpg
Another good thing would be to apply lubricant to this circledarea - the string tree:

The lubricant should be applied to the underside of the string tree, where the string makes contact. This lubricant can be something like as common as pencil lead, a product like Big Bends Nut Sauce, or a graphite based product like Guitar Grease.
Using a graphite nut also goes a long way for tuning stability.
And don't forget stringing technique! Many players overlook this as a source for their tuning problems.
http://www.stringthis.com/howtostringu.html
And then there's always locking tuners.

Hopefully I can save you a few bucks.

Oh, and as for your problem with hum...
This is always going to be a problem with single coils, especially if you use a healthy amount of gain.
However, the amount of hum can be GREATLY reduced.
Check this:
http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/shielding/shield3.php
It's called shielding. It blocks a lot of that hum you experience.
Here's a diagram to give you a general idea of how it should look when you're finished:
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p315/naazrael/Shielded-S-variants-1.gif
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Last edited by forsaknazrael at Feb 25, 2008,
#4
Upbends, mostly with harmonics is my main desire...mostly inspired by herman li :P and kirk and steve vai a little bit also.
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Quote by Arycama
Upbends, mostly with harmonics is my main desire...mostly inspired by herman li :P and kirk and steve vai a little bit also.

Try setting up your guitar like it shows in that thread, then. I can do up to a step and a half of up bend, which is more than enough for harmonic-ness.
Plus, it costs NO MONEY to do, and requires no actual modification to your guitar.

Quote by Dave_M
How does that work? How does it help tuning stability?

It's just the most balanced way to align the strings, while letting enough slack so you can move around freely, and allow the guitar to remain in a floating setup.