Hey everyone, I'm in the process of building a parts-o-caster and doing some reasearch. I've read just about everything I could find on this forum and others, and was hoping to get some more input. I have a USACG alder body routed s-s-s and still need to get the rest. Here's what I have decided on: -USACG AAA birdseye neck w/dark indian rosewood, pearloid/MOP dots, SS frets. (Still deciding between 6105, 6150, or 6100, but that's for another thread) I also need to decide on the neck carve, something on the beefy side though. Will put on a bone or tusq type nut most likely. -Steel vintage bridge (Tenatively a a Callaham, but still researching) -Going to take my existing loaded pickguard off another strat to get a feel for what she sounds like, then order pickups I think will compliment best. Then she'll get a pearloid pickguard too. So what's left? TUNERS! Right now I am torn between Schallers and Gotoh klusons, maybe even locking. Pretty opposite sides of the spectrum. I have the schallers on my fender strat and like them, and have kluson copies on my LP classic and don't like the "feel" of them as much, not as "solid". However both seem to tune fine! So in a sense it comes down to TONAL DIFFERENCES. Here are the generalizations I've read: Klusons are the lightest, and allow the attack to be a little snappier, perhaps even woodier. Schallers are the heaviest, and add a touch of high end and sustain, possibly softening the attack as well. Sperzels seem to fall smack in the middle of these two, but based on my past experiences with the wheel falling out, and that the thin wheel kinda hurts my fingers (Aww poor baby!) I've never liked them so I think Sperzels are out. Here I am thinking Klusons because they might be woodier and may help balance out what some have called the "zing" of SS frets. Another variable is STAGGERED POSTS. If I have to have a string tree, I'd like one only, not two. Since the staggered heights can help the angle over the nut be more correct this is desirable. There is a version of the klusons that have adjustable/staggered posts I beleive, and I know the schallers can come staggered. However with staggered klusons, how much of a PITA is it to wind these things? I've gotten pretty good at winding string wraps and have my own method that seems to work pretty well, but am curious since all my experience is tuners with holes through them and not a split post. (My bass has split post and hasn't been a problem though) So now we come to the whole LOCKING idea. In general the string gets locked into place, a half turn or so and you're done. What is the TONAL difference between MULTIPLE wraps of string with a standard tuner to get to the staggered break angle vs. ONE wrap with the locking tuners? In general, I always felt that fitting as many wraps tightly down the post was the way to go AS LONG AS THEY DON'T OVERLAP! So while I don't wrap the whole string ala BB King, I do put quite a bit on there. Also, if the tuners are locking and NOT staggered, what do you do about the break angle? Does it kinda defeat the purpose if it's locking but not staggered or kinda make it not worth it? Or wrap anyway to get the string down lower to get the angle or does it increase the need for string trees? Hope tha made sense. There are so many variables. Other random thought are, I'm not interested in LSR or the steinberger tuners, I want to keep SOME form of a traditional look. Also, I like the idea of SEALED (but still open to otherwise) tuners so I don't need to mess with them. Are the gotoh Kluson type tuners just sealed and have the vintage look or are they the whole worm drive thing, but a little improved?(I figure that's what it is.) Also, if they're not sealed, how often do they need to be lubricated? How long do they last/get stiff etc? Also if I went the Kluson route, they seem to have staggered or locking, but NOT both! I've read wilkinson makes a plate you can put on the neck to stagger Klusons in Dan Erlewine's book, anyone have a link to who's got these? I know a LOT of this is personal preference, but wanted your opinons/experience with this! Thanks.