This thread certainly deserves a bump.
Figured some of you fellow guitar fans might be interested in seeing this. I've just finished building a "new" Strat for myself. It's really tough to get the true color of it in pictures, but here goes anyways. Check it out! Click on the smaller pictures if you want to see them larger on flickr. There are some more pictures of it on flickr as well that you can see by clicking on them.
The guitar is originally a 1991 MIM Strat. The black paint and poly finish were ripped off (that stuff is STRONG) and it was then refinished with an aged (in color) nitro fiesta red. The actual color of the guitar is hard to see in some pictures. It has an orange/salmon hue to it. The body is poplar I believe.
All of the electronics have been replaced as well. I put in a set of Lindy Fralin Blues Special pickups with a 7% overwind and a baseplate on the bridge pickup. Mint green pickguard with aged white pup covers and knobs. I made one tone pot into a master tone, and the other is now a blender pot, letting me mix the bridge and neck pickup together.
I've also got a treble bleed/volume kit put in. The capacitor is an orange drop .047.
This thing sounds absolutely fantastic and plays beautifully. It pairs up with my Blues Junior perfectly. If you're looking for some sweet sounding pickups, definitely check out what Lindy Fralin has to offer.