A couple months ago, I rebuilt a buddys battered mid 90s Squier Strat - replaced everything except the nut, trem claw, and pickguard, spending only $65 - I had challenged myself to rebuild it for $50, but I couldn't quite make that number. I never loved Strats, but this one I couldn't put down. Kept it for about 3 weeks for "testing", lol. Decided I needed a Strat, so before returning it, I bought this: Sadly, the junk shop Strat I rebuilt played and sounded better than a brand new one, so I was very disappointed. I was going to return it, but I kept it around because it's certainly a looker, IMO. Gradually, I figured out how to make it sing, made a simple pickup height adjustment, and learned to dial it in. Over the last couple weeks, unexpectedly it became pretty much the only guitar I played. Yesterday, just a couple days short of the return window I peeled off the plastic from the pickguard and made it official. I'll probably upgrade the pickups over time and change the wiring back to the traditional wiring that I prefer, but I think it will be a member of the family for a good long time.