So you'll be into this build $350 before you buy pickups. You can buy a used MIM strat for $350. I think the ceramic pickups in MIM strats are not great. Point being, you could buy a used MIM strat and put good pickups in it, or build your own guitar for around the same price. If you ever wanted to resell this guitar. You'll probably get more for the MIM with upgraded pickups than you would for a partscaster. Just my opinion.