I was thinking about this today and thought it would be a fun topic. So, think of a guitar design for mass production that's different than the existing ones out on the market (fender squier teles and strats, epiphone and ibanez and other dual humbucker setups) and a step above those ones. Stripping it down to the bare bones, what's most essential on a guitar? Would you go for a all around general guitar or a slightly more niche one? I think what I would do is use a EMG H4 like pickup; a very solid, high quality, versatile pickup as the base to work off of. Because a pickup like this is so expensive, I would only have one, up near the neck position since that seems to be the more commonly played position, but have a coil tap on it so users could get both a single coil and humbucker experience. With such a high output pickup, this guitar would be about distortion and heavy effects. This means that finer aspects of the guitar, like the wood wouldn't be as important, so I would use a cheap wood like a pine wood and forget about through body for the string ends. Also pine wood would make the guitar lighter. They would be all heavily coated in plastic like a strat is for durability. Finally, I'd make sure that the frets, tuning nobs, and bridge are all high quality. I don't know what shape I would use. Basically a simple setup that's all about the bare necessities needed to deliver an uninterrupted string vibration to a very good pickup. How about you, what would you do?