I got really impatient waiting for the new pickups to drop to a good price so I just got the old pickups and painted the covers black. I really just wanted to string it up and set up all the action.
Once I get the new pickups in and get that all wired up then I can say this strat is complete. Where it stands now this is version 0.9. I may add a few more coats of gloss later on to give it some super shine and protection. I've decided that I'll be using this guitar a lot for shows and I want it to last as long as it possibly again.
Surprisingly the guitar was very easy to set up. Most guitar players know how their guitars work and they are all very similar. I've set up the strat to have super low action. The string height is 2mm at the nut and 3mm at fret 12. It's stringed up with D'Addario EXL120+. These strings differ as most strings usually come with 9-42 and then 10-46. I like both but I wanted something in between so thankfully such a thing exists. 9.5-44!
The small nut width makes for easier thumb-over-neck chording and overall rhythm play. At the same time, the super low action and jumbo frets make lead an easier task too.
When I get the new pickups, I think you all deserve a sound test so when they arrive, I'll put up a recording shortly after.
Enjoy the pics!
PS. To any SH members who live in Australia in the Sydney area. My brother and I are starting a new society at UNSW called The Jam. We'll be aiming to gather people who all have a passion for music and instruments. We also aim to gather musicians in one place so it is easier for people to form bands. We'll also be offering cheap lessons and instrument services. We've already got 3 teachers on board: one for guitar, one for music theory and one for keyboards. It will take about 6 months to get prepared and then the club should be open by this time next year.