Just received this Squier Mini Strat for a project I have in mind: This was a Goodwill find, so as you might expect it needed a little cleaning and TLC. I took her apart, cleaned her up and put back together the bits I'll be keeping (everything else going in my spare parts collection). Here's how she looks next to her older sister: I like that the fretboard kept that streaky quality even after I oiled it up (first time I've ever had a fretboard both look and feel dry). So why am I removing parts? What is this project. I'm gonna build me an electric Cuban trés. I was inspired by these videos: It seems simple enough. The only things that need to change are the bridge and the nut, both to accomodate the trés' three pairs of strings. I'm also going to replace the electronics with something ore robust. The controls for sure. I'm thinking of what to do, pickup-wise. And the pickguard will follow whatever comes of that. With that in mind, I have some questions/concerns I'd appreciate some guidance on: 1) Re. the nut: I've never "made" a nut before. Obviously I can buy a blank one, but I've never shaped one or made notches for the stings. Any resources on this? Practice makes perfect of course, but it'd be nice to have a little theory beforehand. I have a couple of acoustics that can use new saddles. Would that make for a good stepping stone into nut-crafting? Also, how about tools? I can't imagine I'll be making nuts often (only needed one in half a lifetime of playing), but I imagine what I'd need to do the job is a little specialized. 2) The bridge: The guy in the video talks about a Gotoh bridge, presumably a 12-string one. The trouble is that, on an instrument with 6 strings (or six pairs), none of them is centered as the middle course must be on a trés. He mentions that it's modified. Could he have drilled a center hole in the bride and just installed one of the saddles there? Do you know of any other suitable bridges that wouldn't need such modification? 3) Also about the bridge: Assume the new bridge doesn't perfectly match the holes on the guitar. I'm comfortable with plugging holes and drilling new ones, but where a new screw that at least partially touches the plug has to resist the pull of the strings at tension. I assume a bunch of toothpicks and wood glue won't do it. How about a more closely-sized dowel? 4) Just collecting opinions here, but what do you think, pickups-wise? The lipstick in the video sounds good. The Mini Strat has a swimming pool route, so I can pretty much do whatever I'd like. What would you do? Single pickup? More pickups (say maybe three lipsticks) for more tonal variation? Gold foils may sound good here, though I already have a goldfoil-equipped guitar. 5) How bout electronics? I recently modded my Strat for one volume, one master bass cut and one master treble cut, and I'm enamored with this setup. 6) Depending on what I decide re. pickups and electronics, I'll need a new pickguard. Know of anyone who makes custom ones that'll fit a Mini Strat? Or at least blank ones I can cut myself? 7) The tuners seem ok, but the backs are a little banged up, enough so that I'll replace them if the price is right. Any leads on replacement tuners that will fit the post/screw holes for these trapezoid-style ones? Also, it's staying pink.