2 weeks ago I put my Lester in for a re-fret. In the meantime I had ordered a new pick-guard, pickups and pots for my MIM Strat that used to be my #1. But it had been developing problems like loose knobs and intermittent loss of sound so I haven't played it much as of late. So as luck would have it the pick-guard showed up the day before and yesterday I stayed home because of the snow.... So..... I used the time to start my long needed Strat overhaul. I've seen other threads on here like this so I hope someone finds this useful, or at least amusing! It also shows one of the biggest perks to owning a 'beater' guitar! These mods were done without luthier tools. Just my toolbox assortment. I would NOT recommend this method for a Les Paul! LOL! It turned out great in the end, I love it all over again, and my finger tips still hurt from playing it all day yesterday! And that's what counts at the end of a good project, isn't it?