If I was thinking of having a guitar put together (which I am - in this case a telecaster), I was wondering if there were any recommendations for the less important parts.
Now, there are great makers of pickups, bodies and necks on here, but what are people's recommendations for the other bits - bridge, scratchplate, control plate, knobs, neck plate, ferrules... have I missed anything? Screws, even. That stuff. If you were to want to spec everything as high as possible, where would you go for that stuff, and what kind of difference would it make (even if it's just psychological)? Is there a perceptible difference between a cheapo control plate and the fanciest one around (even if you don't think the difference is worth paying for)? As far as I can tell, a CS strat has plastic knobs not that different from a Squier (not that anyone lets me near a CS strat).
Firstly, my criteria are on quality and locality - so the best parts available, and most local (on the FB first, then British small companies, then larger companies). I'd let quality come before localness (for example, I've had a recommendation for Rutters for the bridge, and I see they do all the other bits too), but on the whole I'd rather support locally if I can.
In my case, I think I'd prefer a nickel finish, or something less chrome that would patina somewhat, but that's a different question.
(I'm assuming that tuners and internal electrics are specialised enough that you just use the best you can get.)