I had the urge recently to build a guitar that would maintain the classic sensibilities of a classic strat but infuse it with modern attributes. I originally was going to ship it off to RS to get reliced in a modern Cobalt Blue color, but after seeing the body and neck that Tommy over at USA Custom Guitars sent me, I think I'm going to go for the 'minty' route and let nature take its course. . . I'll periodically update this in the next few months with pics of the 'progress'. Here's where I'm at right now. . . Body: 1 piece swamp ash weighing in at 3.6lb's Neck: AAA bird's eye maple with pau ferro fretboard and real clay dots. 6105 wire, 14 inch radius, C contour. Body is routed with the extra comfort contour and the trem routing is set for a Hipshot trem. The pickguard is a new design from Jeremiah at Sharp Concepts, which is absolutely wicked. The one problem is that we miscommunicated and he sent me one routed for three single coils, when in actuality I'll be tossing in a gold covered SSV+ in the brodge (or Aldrich, haven't decided yet) and two Suhr F/L's in the neck and mid position. So, I went ahead and shot a pic of the body with the current guard for aesthetics, I should have the new one in two weeks or so. The electronics will be the RS strat upgrades, and I'll be dropping in a Hip Shot GT-1 Drop D bender in the "E" slot along with five other Hipshot locking tuners alongside. And yes, everything will be in gold. Let's see. . . what else? Trem-setter in the rear, and I'm STILL deciding on whether or not to throw a waterslide decal on the headstock (my own name or something). . . Any thought's or opinions? Part of me doesn't want to mess with all that bird's eye, but then again, it IS a dream guitar for me. . . Anyhow, I'll be sending off the neck and body to get finished next week, so hopefully Scott and Roy up at RS can snap some shots through the finishing process. it'll be a nitro finish on the body, maybe just a satin finish on the neck. . . Thoughts?