I am new to the forum. Up until 2008 I played Strats, and had several Fender Strats. I then took a liking to Les Pauls. Just recently I found my old love for Strats. So the story starts when my parents saw an early to mid-80s Lotus Strat in a pawnshop in 2011. They bought it for me for Christmas for $40. It is Lake Placid Blue, with a white pearl PG, and rosewood fretboard. Being that at that time to just recently I played Les Pauls mostly it sat in it's gigbag being played occasionally from 2011 until now. Also it wouldn't keep tune so I chose not to do anything with it. Fast forward to just recently. I picked it up and started playing it. Being I have played since age 12 and semi professionally, I knew it needed an overhaul. The tuners are junk that make it need to be tuned every few minutes. The neck is warped slightly. Has been since I got it. The electronics are junk with crackling when turning any knobs. The neck and middle pickup are ok sounding. The bridge pickup sounds like a cat dying. All that said because it is about to be almost completely overhauled. I have a replacement maple neck that is the same measurements as the Lotus neck. The replacement neck even has Fender and Custom Shop decals (I'll never try and pass it off as a genuine Fender or Custom Shop guitar. The neck was what I was looking for, for under $90, and is amazing feeling and looking). It has a Laquor finish. I have some aged Kluson vintage tuners on the way. I am looking at getting a loaded 920D pickguard with either Tex Mex or 57/62 pickups in mint green with aged white knobs and covers, or a black pickguard with white knobs and covers from Slappy Jones on eBay. Hopefully after all that, my Strat will be good to go. I'll post pics of it tomorrow of the Lotus and the new neck. Here are pics from the Fender guitar generator of what it may look like.