guidothepimmp If the intention is to add the dosh of the bullet, plus the hardware costs, and compare to a guitar of simliar expanded cost then fair enough.
That;s basically what they did, but included the cost of labour (around 160 squids, IIRC).
guidothepimmp But the base cost to make a bullet vs a mexi strat will always be worlds apart and resulting in different looking and feeling guitars.
Which was the almost immediate conclusion!
I'm not much of a fan of his style of playing (squeally shreddy squeal), but his ability to hear pickups brands/etc is ridiculously good.
First thing I'd do to any strat is hardtail it. Next a fresh set of strings and a setup. Might do a little fretwork (roll the edges if needed) and check the nut. Would also change the wiring to route the bridge pup to a tone.
if I'm feeling energetic do a kinman style treble bleed mod on the volume. And that's about it.
Total cost is a set of strings, maybe a tusq nut if the stock one can't be re-used and the resistors for the treble bleed mod - maybe about R350 for everything.