Fender Lead II: Planning on re-wiring the guitar. Current switch setup is pickup toggle switch + phase switch for neck pickup. I don't use the out-of-phase switch all that much so instead I'm gonna re-wire it to toggle between Series/Parallel wiring modes. My awful MSPainted schematics are as followed; left diagram is the wiring as it exists, right is my modification:
From the way it's wired putting the toggle switch on the neck pickup while in series mode will probably have a killswitch effect to it. Eventually I want to put a mellower .47 cap in place of what's currently in the guitar, it's plenty bright at 10, all too plenty bright.
Crappy Squier Stratocaster: Plans are in place to turn what was once a crappy, piecemeal Squier Strat into an awesome Kazoozak Strat Deluxe, as follows:
As far as pickups, I'm trying to decide between GFS Mean-90s or their Loudmouth pickups. I'm going for a sound sort-of like Pete Townshend's tone on Live at Leeds, as well as Neil Young. A killswitch will be integrated into the wiring. As far as the tremolo goes, I'll probably just get new saddles for the existing Strat tremolo then block it. Alternately I can just get an actual good tremolo and use it (maybe a Wilkinson? How do those usually fare?), but the hardtail Lead II has been my main guitar for four years so I'm not in any rush to have a trem-equipped guitar at this juncture.
Last week I cut out a design for the pickguard, which will probably be refined several times before I send the sucker to a custom pickguard manufacturer (anyone have any suggestions)?
I borrowed a friend's Dremel to rout out space for the new controls, but upon the realization that I am a pussy and also had no clamps, drill press or even goggles and SARS mask to protect against sawdust I decided against working on it until I have the proper tools (or access to a friend who has them).