number 7... number 7... number 7 ... .
This guitar was beyond being a basketcase. I was at an amp repair shop and I saw a beaten and battered stratocaster hanging on the wall. There was a half-inch wide splintery crevice right on the forearm contour. The fingerboard was peeling up and off of the neck. There was a crack all the way through the neck pocket. I asked about it, and he gave me the guitar. I took it home, realized it was a Korean strat, and as luck would have it, I had a Korean strat neck that would fit it. Both necks were branded Fender. I reshaped the arm contour to get rid of the crevice. I screwed, doweled and glued the neck pocket back together, and secured the neck to the body with an extra thick brass plate. I replaced all the wiring and pickups to match what I needed, and installed a high-mass Fender bridge along with brass saddles. I painted the new neck's headstock to match, and gave it a "stratocrackster" decal to make sure anyone with sharp eyes would know this was now a partscaster. .
So now, this guitar which should not be functional or stable enough to hold tune is now the best playing and most stable guitar I have. It's got super low action, and sounds great no matter what I play it through. I string it with Rotosound 10s because they feel the best to me, especialy with Fender's long 25.5" scale length.