Hello everyone! First time poster and builder here looking for some guidance. So I have finally decided to do this build I’ve been thinking about for a few years. I’ve always wanted to have a Partscaster sort of thing that can do my two favorite sounds (and some stuff in between) - a Strat neck and a Casino bridge. Now obviously I won’t be able to perfectly replicate these two in any one guitar (wood types, construction styles, etc.) but I’d like to be able to get decently close to both with a Strat pickup in the neck position and a P90 in the bridge. Also I like the Tele shape for this project, which kind of narrows down the bodies I might consider. So far, I was planning on incorporating the following elements: - a 24.75” scale length - a bolt on maple neck w/ rosewood fingerboard - a Thinline Tele swamp ash body Most of these can be done via Warmoth if I’m not mistaken. Disregarding circuitry, this leaves the bridge setup (unless I’m forgetting something, in which case please let me know). Now, in order to get a decent compromise here, I was thinking about using a Tune-o-Matic bridge with a stop bar. My reasoning is as follows: although the Casino actually used a trapeze tailpiece, the TOM/SB setup will allow me to reasonably approximate the proper break angle and also allow for some resonance behind the bridge, which I think, next to the pickups and hollow body, are decently important factors for the Casino sound. As for the Strat sound, well, it won’t be perfect, but it’ll be in some ways similar to a Jag bridge setup (again at least with respect to behind-the-bridge resonance), and Jag/Strat neck pickups do sound adequately similar for my purposes, and I might actually slightly prefer the Jag neck pickup sound to the Strat one (this is also why I was ok with the 24.75” scale length). What I want to know, broadly speaking, is: 1) Is my reasoning sound? Is this bridge setup a reasonable compromise, and more importantly, is it doable/playable? 2) Am I overlooking anything? 3) Does anyone have experience with any part of my planned setup and have some advice about it? 4) Are there better ways to achieve my goals, particularly with respect to the bridge? Any input is greatly appreciated. EDIT: I am also interested in how any of these decisions might affect tone. I’m only really interested in your input about the tone if you 1) have hands on experience with the element in question and 2) if the comparison you make is in a controlled setting. For example, if you say “well a Casino is ‘warmer’ than a Tele so a trapeze tailpiece is ‘warmer’ than a Tele bridge” I’m just not gonna buy it, sorry! If you said “I replaced my Tele bridge with a TOM/STP setup and it darkened my tone” or something like that I’ll probably believe you. Thanks!