Hi everyone, I thought I'd share a project that I recently completed. The backstory: This past July, my older brother, who lives in Pittsburgh,was driving down a side street that he normally doesn't travel. It happened to be trash day in that neighborhood and he saw 3 guitars peeking out of a pile of trash. He kept going but thought that maybe his little brother would be interested, who lives all the way in New Jersey. So he stopped his car, looked around to make sure it really was trash, and took the 3 guitars. The first one was an old short scale Harmony student guitar from the 70's, the second was a cheap Austin brand P-bass, and the last was this 1998 MIM strat. My brother, who is not a guitar guy, had no idea what he had, but he was excited to send me pics as soon as he got home (via text). All the guitars were in really poor condition. This 1998 Fender Stratocaster was particularly bad with stickers, broken, electronics, broken tuners, cracked body, and cracked headstock. It really seems that someone dropped this thing from a height. Now 1998 is a special year for me as it was the year I graduated from high school, and started college, so I was VERY excited. As soon as I realized what my brother had, I called him. I said, "this is SO cool. I can't believe you found a Fender on the side of the road. Stuff like that NEVER happens to me." My big brother replied, "It just did."