I know I've posted about this old guitar before, but I finally got it "finished"!
This is what it looked like when I bought it back in '87, my first guitar, a 1986 RG110. Great little guitar and I loved the neck.
I got an old Les Paul a few years later and thought I'd refinish it and make it better, solid bridge & filling the trem cavity, adding another pickup and switch, etc. Turned out to be a big mistake. The finish was super thick and the wood underneath wasn't all that pretty, so I used a dark rosewood stain. The oil stained neck felt wonderful! The tune-o-matic bridge I had for it did not work out and I was left with gaping 1/2" holes. Finally a couple months ago I put a cheap bridge on it just to see if I could get it playable. Turned out ok, but was ugly when up close... thanks to the ignorance of my youth.
I couldn't find a quality bridge that would fit up against the pickguard without butchering it. After pricing custom made pickguards and looking at weird options, I decided to just buy a cheap strat body and bolt the neck up to it. This gives all the options in the world, you can get anything in any configuration for a strat body. Ended up buying a solid alder loaded HSS Squire Bullet body off the 'bay for about $60 and after a little neck pocket work it bolted right up. Set it all up and it played pretty well! The old neck was still straight and felt awesome.
I had used the old stock Ibanez Super 70 bridge and the Squire single coils. Sounded ok, but the Squire pickups left a lot to be desired. I then loaded two Ibanez S1's in the neck and middle and it made it a lot better. They matched up well with the Super 70... but it didn't quite have the "kick" I wanted when switched to the bridge. So I picked up a set of Seymour Duncans taken out of a Jackson Soloist. A JB bridge and two STKS1N Classic Stack noiseless singles. Loaded them into a new pickguard today and wired it so the bridge is split when in the 4th position. I can't deal with the volume knob being so close to the strings on the strat pickguard, so I just put a small DPDT switch in place of the volume pot, installed 500k volume and tone pots in the two lower positions, added Orange Drop tone cap and a treble bleed cap across the volume pot. The DPDT switch grounds out the extra coils in the classic stacks to make them true single coils when flipped.
Turns out to be a very good setup! This old guitar is a monster now, rivals my nicest guitars in playability and sound. Action is wonderful! My grandson put the final touches on it when he got hold of a vinyl number set and added his touch. They'll peel right off... but I thought I would leave them on for now.
Not sure what to call it... an Ibastrat? A Squibanez? I can at least call it finished after 20+ years of hauling it around and storing it.