Well, a couple of months ago I bought a cheap 2003 S470DX with the amazing ZR tremolo and started to customize it (the only factory featur I liked was the ZR).
First, I remove the artic blue finish and leave it witha wallnut stained natural finish.
Next I changed the the PUPs to Di Marzio (Dual Sound, blue velvet, and Air Classic).
Then I decided to go for a custom made neck. Five piece, bird eye maple with two wallnut stripes, with a scarf joint (so the headstock is all bird eye maple).
But then I thought, the neck is too doog for the body, so I decided to go for a VV (ala 2020) finish..... until I made my final chioce:
I m adding a heavily figured bird eye maple veneer top with a gold sunburst finish fading to black, with the back of the guitar in black. The headstock will have the same finish (and since its made of bird eye maple it going to be a perfect match).
The neck (with an ultra profile) is almost finished and looks amazing. I ve already choose the bird eye maple for the veneer on the body.
The guitar will be finished in about 2 more weeks
The finished product will be an all gold sunburst bird eye maple guitar from the front, with an amazing 5 pice bird eye maple with 2 wallnut stripes neck coupled with an amazing ebony fingerboard (you have to see this neck and fingerboard!) with off set pearl dots, Di Marzio pups (with coil tap for the dual sound).
Any other suggestions?