So I got round to taking a few pics of my new (to me) Mexican Standard. Before going any further, I must explain that I have a love/hate relationship with teles, primarily due to my short fingers. I can barely reach a G7 power chord on a 24" neck, so teles have aways given me problems with the longer scale. I'd buy one, keep it for 6 months and give up in disgust, only to crave another a few weeks later. So far I've stuck to CV Squiers, as I prefer the classic looks, but the skinny CV neck and goopy magnetic gloss and low frets make bending a drag on those models, so I thought of the Mex Standard with the satin neck might be better for me. I scored an unused used one from a guy that bought it as a backup, and promptly set about it. I must say before going on, that as far as I can tell there's little between the build quality of MIM standard, and the MIC CV Squier. In fact, I might say the neck on the CV is better finished (just not to my preferred shape). I'm not a fan of the modern bridge, so that was the first thing to go, replaced with a Fender 4-hole bridge which is a direct replacement. At the same time I added the 5 screw guard, and remounted the neck pickup. A set of genuine Klusons and some compensated barrels and I'm good to go. The next real mod will be the pickups. I'm not a fan of the ceramic pups, they're a bit too middy for my taste, so a set of alnicos of some sort will go in. (Any recommendations?) And there it is. The neck feels way better to me than the CV with the modern C profile, and now I have the classic looks that I prefer. It's very light, and plays very well, especially since I dressed and polished the frets.