Are the two-point brides on the Player Strats the same as the American hardware? The look exactly the same. I picked on up randomly to try out an amp and was really impressed with the sound and playability. I am thinking of getting one as a platform to upgrade. I have some extra Fender locking tuners and a set of Fralin Vintage Hots, and might invest in a Ilitch backplate to give that a try.
Also, interested in any firsthand experience of the differences between rosewood and pao ferro in practice? I think it looks good and I know its been used for a long time by boutique builders, and isn't necessarily a downgrade. Here is what Fender says, and what Warmoth says.
Thanks man! Sonic blue looks so good with a rosewood fretboard and mint green pickguard. The relic job was an afterthought actually because of imperfections in my refinish, I decided not to go too over the top because I normally hate relic'd guitars. You can see the primer in parts of the "dings" which is cool and I used cigarette ash to darken some parts of the wood. The aged screws are taken from a crappy old strat copy (my first ever electric guitar).