I pick up my strat as used CIJ ST57 70TX during my last trip to Osaka last year. Wasn't really familiar with electric guitar before that, and only inspired to get a strat after watching Stranger Than Fiction. At that point, i really couldn't tell what's what and what's not, but Japan seems like a good place for their reputable MIJ and their business etiquette and honesty and such. So long story short, I chose one based on look and with minimal cosmetic wear. Time passed, i since played with it for few months, learning power chord, palm muting, change of strings, learning to switch pickup from selector, am pentatonic, few jam session and etc. Until this one time, one of the tone knob were loosen, and in order to tighten it back, i have to open the pickguard, and naturally i have a peek of the pickguard, which the model stated, a Texas Special. To my surprise, it doesn't fully match the picture and info i get from here. It has the staggered poles, yellow clothes wire on the middle, and thats about everything there is. I couldnt spot the blue, yellow, and red dot on all three and moreover whats appalling is the DC resistance on each coil. Neck : 7.56 Middle : 6.50 Bridge : 6.25 Yes, it seems like they were installed in reverse order (but the cable length seems right). So i'm seriously considering my one is an unfortunate case. though it still going to satisfy my playing for a while before i considering changing to other pickup over time. any thoughts?