Some updates to the Rudercaster project. After much consideration regarding the neck pickup, I have rejected both the possibility of an original gold foil from my bighorn wall hanger, and the "gold foil look" strat sized mini humbucker I received from Amazon. I did like the look and possibilities of a Strat sized pickup in the neck (so many choices!) and I like the way the faux gold foil cover looks - except for the color. So I stripped the cover off of one pickup and searched the paint cabinet for something suitable to match the raw unfinished stamped aluminum finish of the MBG pickup I'm using in the bridge. As luck would have it I have some excellent brake caliper enamel that has fine metallic-ceramic particles in it. My experience when using it over ferrous metal is that it looks very much like aluminum with a dull matte finish. I decided to give it a go figuring that at worse I could paint both the gold foil cover and the MBG cover to match.