First off, this post is offered as information and opinions, not recommendations. I got myself a daphne blue Squier Deluxe Strat a year or so ago. http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0300500523 It was a pretty nice hunk of wood right out of the box. I like the alnico V pickups, and the two point trem is very smooth and stable. It's just a better design than the six screw bridge if you are going to use the trem IMHO. I played it stock for quite a while, but I got the itch to do some mods... I thought I would share my experiences. #1. I replaced the zinc bridge block with a steel one from guitarfetish. Results - Subtle, but there seems to be more sustain, better tone. #2. Replaced the cast saddles with Fender branded bent steel. Results - Some love 'em, some hate 'em. They just sound more "stratty" to me. A positive, but again subtle change. #3. Replaced the "electronics". CTS 250k pot for volume, two CTS no-load pots for tone and the "blender" wiring scheme. A Sozo .068uF tone cap. A treble bleed r/c network on the volume pot. I used a .001uF cap and 150k resistor in parallel. Results - The no-load tone pot set-up puts some nice gloss on the tone when dimed. The blender circuit is a winner. Easy to use and understand. I particularly like the neck/bridge combo. Master tone for all three pickups is also a useful improvement. The treble bleed is a big improvement for me. The tone no longer looses it's presence when dialing the volume back. Tone cap? Just my preference. #4 Added a steel base plate to the bridge pickup. Result - This one surprised me. It seemed like one of those voodoo-hype ideas. I fabbed one up for nothing just to try it. It really did beef up the bottom of the bridge pickup tone. I like it! Conclusions - Most of these mods were pretty subtle taken by themselves. Cumulatively they add up to a strat that rings like a bell with some useful new tonal choices. Overall I am very happy with the end results. Notes - I spent about $80 total for parts and did the work myself. If you are going to replace the small sized pots in this model guitar you will need to drill the holes in the pick guard out to 3/8" and replace the knobs as the CTS pots have different splines on the shaft. Happy tinkering!