Old Strat Day! I've been anti-strat for all my guitar playing years. My first electric was a Les Paul, so that's what I'm used to. I never liked the thin, jangly tone of a strat, the flat top, the bulky neck joint, the giant pickguard, the middle pickup that gets in the way of the pick, the derpy headstock shape. So yeah, it didn't seem likely I'd ever buy a Strat. I am a huge fan of Yngwie, Blackmore and Hendrix though, so its impossible to hate strats entirely. Anyway; friend of mine was moving so he sold some stuff to lighten his load, including an old Japanese strat. When I picked it up, it was missing the low E string and the rest were strung poorly. I did a quick tune and to my amazement – THE THING SHREDS! Couldn't believe it. Despite the worn down frets and bulky neck joint, the notes just pop out of that maple board with very little effort. The brand name is Sanox and a quick google search shows that it was made sometime in the late 70s or early 80s. Its pre-lawsuit so it looks pretty much like a Fender. So yeah: pics! And a (rather limited) family shot for good measure: Judging from the wood grain, I think its a one-piece ash body with a two-piece maple neck and maple fretboard. Strangely enough it has a 3-way switch instead of the 5-way, so it can't do those nice 2 and 4 positions. That must be remedied. Also, the neck pickup doesn't work, so I've got 2 out of the 5 strat sounds actually working. The middle pickup sounds alright for cleans and blues, the bridge I'm not crazy about. New pickups? Probably. Yup, I'm turning this into a project guitar. First up is scalloping the potatoes I mean fretboard. Always wanted a tasty groovy fretboard. The frets have to be levelled, crowned and polished. And I've got to get rid of the gloss on the back of the neck. A new pickguard would be nice, I don't really like seeing all that white. Maybe a clear one to show off the burst? Stay tuned for Part 2!