This month is the 1-year anniversary of my first Tele build, and I am considering doing some tweaks, the biggest of which is applying a nitro finish to the body. I am also not completely satisfied with the tuning and intonation, so I will be addressing this as well. I figured while I’m making tweaks to her that now is the time to take suggestions from you guys on what y’all would upgrade, so that’s what this thread is for. Of course, opinions about upgrades will vary from person to person, but I want to know what YOU would change and why. This guitar was built from the StewMac Tele kit for anyone who wanted to know. First off - Refinishing the top: I wanted to try something unique for finishing the body, so I used a torch to burn the edges and applied a tung oil over the entire body. I loved the look of that finishing job but found that it scratched very easily which I just couldn’t live with. I had enough ColorTone clear satin left from finishing the neck that I was able to apply about 10 thin coats of nitro to the top. I didn’t have any trouble using nitro over the tung oil, but there wasn’t enough left over to do the back. Oh well... I just put everything together and called it good enough. The nitro on the top greatly improved the scratch-resistance, but it didn’t fix it all together. It could still be scratched or dented pretty easily with a fingernail or guitar pick. So, now I want to apply a thick enough satin nitro finish to the entire body so that the wood is protected, but that’s where I have a couple questions for you guys... Will a thicker finish solve my scratch problem? Any prep sanding or anything I should do before spraying new nitro over the body? What’s a good satin spray-can product you guys recommend for a good hard finish? Next area of concern - Tuning issues: It just doesn’t stay in tune as I’m playing, and I don’t think the Gotoh machine heads are the problem. I will try lubing the nut and adjusting action/intonation to see if this problem goes away. Should I try some rolling string trees? Everything else: What would YOU mod to make it yours? I currently have Fender Original 52 RIs pups on it, but I’m open to hearing your favorites. Should I try a bone nut? Brass saddles? Different style bridge plate? 6 saddle bridge? Does the current pickguard look awesome or ugly? Is it worthwhile upgrading the pots or anything like that? Should I try out some fancy knobs?... Looking forward to hearing y’all’s ideas, and I’m always grateful for your input. Thanks!