I finally finished this black 1999 Stagemaster HSH with a set of Fender noiseless single coils, converting it to SSS. I had bought it off of eBay back in August of 2018 and of course I had to mod it a bit The Stagemasters never came with three single coil pickups. Since the '99 came with a pick guard it's the easiest one to set up with three single coils. I added Schaller strap locks, a 37mm brass trem block, and converted the trem arm to a genuine Floyd Rose push-in arm. It's the best arm I have used so over the next year I will be upgrading my Stagemasters to FR push-in arms. The FR arm just screws in - very easy. In November of 2012 I had bought a 1994ish Epiphone 310 Custom strat copy because it had a set of Fender noiseless pickups on it. I never did anything with it so last year I decided to sell it. Looking at it I notice that the pick guard wasn't correct. I pulled the pick guard and discovered a mess underneath so I couldn't sell it. I pulled the pickups and put them in my parts bin. I put the Epi 310 aside for another project. When I snagged this black '99 I knew that I would use the Fender noiseless pickups in it. I had Pick Guardian make a new SSS pick guard and rear trem cover for it. New 250k pots & a .033 cap were installed and I did the Gilmour mod so I can have the neck & bridge pickups on at the same time (a tone push pull switch turns on the neck pickup). Note the painted headstock. When the '99 Stagemaster was released the headstocks were natural wood. toward the end of the 99 production run Squier started to paint the headstocks the same as the body color. The 2000 Stagemasters followed this and all have matching painted headstocks. This a very nice playing Stagemaster and it is dead quite. It's become one of my favorite Stagemasters.