I'm building a strat with USA Custom parts. The neck will be solid padauk or padauk with a Pau Ferro fretboard (or other material). The body is one piece swamp ash. Wilkinson vintage style bridge just like Suhr's using. Sperzel open back tuners. I want three single coils. I don't want it to be super bright. I'd prefer a richer P90ish, bass heavier, mid heavier tone, but as complex sounding as I can get. I know what you're saying, "Why did you pick swamp ash if you don't want super bright..." Well, it's a gorgeous piece of wood, it's one piece and I got it for a steal. My favorite strat that I've owned was an 89 Japstrat. Basswood body, all maple neck. It was not overly bright at all, but it had a wonderfully deep tone even with the stock pickups. I could have just been one of those magic strats, I dunno. I know that the basswood rolled the highs back a lot. How do we get the highs there for the Swamp Ash body padauk neck combo? I think I can one up the tone of the Japstrat in the mids and lows, but I really want to nail the highs. Are there any fretboard materials that you would recommend if you thought it would help me get there. I thought maybe a good piece of rosewood might roll the highs back if we need it. But I'd love to keep the neck all padauk as the piece I found looks freakin amazing. So. I've been thinking about Fralin Steel pole 43s, Harmonic Design SUPER 90 BRIDGE PICKUPS, I've heard that the Vintage Vibe stuff is good. I'd preferably like to buy from someone who can prewire everything so I can just drop it in. I can solder....okay my soldering sucks and I haven't the time to practice sooo. Advice guys?