I'd have listed this as NGD, but it actually all happened over a few weeks last month- I was browsing CL when I saw a listing for a guitar "For parts or repair" for $10. It was a first Act guitar, but I thought what the heck. It's $10, whats $10 een if it turned out to be total garbage? Basically, I just wanted a project so I contacted the seller. So I drove down to a sketchy part of town, the guy said he'd meet me out front of his house. Out he comes, he was a younger guy; he hands me the guitar, I hand him $10 and I go to shake his hand and he turned around and closed the door in my face. Huh. I guess that's how its done. Here's how I got it. Minus the strings. It was in nasty shape. Dinged up body, dried out fretboard, nasty greasy film over everything, yellowed pickguard, output jack ripped out... It reeked of pot and ash. The frets were pretty nasty and the fretboard looked about 4 shades too light from what rosewood should look like. The first thing I did was polish the frets and apply some sesame oil to the fretboard- here's an in progress pic were you can see the fretboard sucking the oil up like a sponge. It was so very dried out. The pickup, had... something on it. I wasn't even going to guess. With gloves on I removed the four screws on the pickup ring, cut the wires and the old pickup went directly in the trash. The saddles too. Luckily I had some spare saddles from an old strat, and a chinese humbucker I picked up on ebay months ago and some various pots and caps from my attempt at breadboarding (which you can also see in the background of the neck shot) as well as a chinese output jack and some old knobs. once I stripped everything off, I sprayed it down with disinfectant and cleaned the film that was covering it. The pickguard, which I forgot to take a good shot of, was stained and yellowed much like the pickup you see above you. I had some silver spraypaint in the garage, so I gave it a few shots to cover the yellowing and stains. After rewiring it with the Chinese cheapo humbucker and a cap i pulled out of an old 8-track player I strung it up, intonated, and fixed the action: Yeah its just a simple first act guitar, but it cleaned up not too bad. There was a little buzzing on the A string at the second or third fret, but thats it. I just raised the saddle a bit. I put two black tele knobs on the volume and tone. Plugged in its got a weird tone- very hollow sounding, unlike my other guitars. I don't exactly know the cause, whether its the pickup itself (it was only two wire by the way, so no splitting and there was really only one way to wire it) or the old cap (I forget the value) or the pots or what. But it's different... good different. I think I might spray a little black over the chips in the finish next time I'm thinking about it and have the opportunity. It's neat having a 24in scale guitar too. I can feel the difference between it and my Tele and Strat. So I'm going to hang onto it, theres not much more I can do, really. It has no real value. Maybe give it to a niece or nephew if they decide they want to learn guitar. thanks for reading! comments are welcome!