I’ve decided to bring my dream guitar (1959 Stratocaster in Daphne Blue w/ Maple Fretboard) into a reality. I’ve done plenty of research over the past few months. I narrowed down my options to make this dream come true. It would be a pricey option to purchase a custom shop nor do I want to take a $3599+ guitar out to jam with my buddies. My other option was Fender’s Mod Shop. I didn’t choose this option as it’s essentially an American Standard in which I already own. I browsed around for a reputable luthier that is local and reasonable. I found Mike Reynolds in San Jose, CA. Mike specializes in “refretting” guitars but offers fret-leveling/set-ups/assembly/and electronics repair. Check him out, tons of positive reviews and testimonials: https://www.facebook.com/SanJoseFretworks/ https://www.yelp.com/biz/mike-reynolds-fretwork-and-guitar-repair-san-jose I decided to upgrade my ‘16 American Standard Stratocaster neck with: Stainless steel frets - Jescar 55090/Narrow tall frets (similar to Dunlop 6105) Custom bone nut I purchased a Warmoth body in Daphne Blue and equipped it with: Xotic Raw Vintage 60 Pickup set Emerson Pre-wired Blender kit Fender American Standard bridge and springs (from current body) Fender Mint Pickguard Fender Aged white knobs, pickup covers, and switch-tip Fender Screws (pickguard, pickups, switch) Fender American Strap button set This guitar plays like butter! I couldn’t ask for a better playing guitar. The stainless steel frets feels really smooth under my fingers. The pickups paired with the blender kit allows me to dial different tones that I won’t normally get from a 5-way switch. The Raw Vintage 60 pickups are wound a little hotter (6.1k, 6.1k, 6.7k) than my Fender Fat 50s and are not as bright. They have a more pronounced midrange. I’m impressed with the fit and finish from Warmoth. The body has a resonance similar to my American Standard. I’m flabbergasted and thankful to be able to finally own my dream guitar.