Found a Squier Affintiy Strat on CL a few months back and finally got the bug to get it fixed up this past month. Someone had "over sprayed" the guitar with white latex paint and then did a really poor job with a really wet rag to wipe it off. The result was little spots of dried on paint left behind on the finish here and there, but the pickguard and hardware on the body had sucked some of the whitewash under the edges. My goal was to create a very reasonably priced, vintage sounding, 60s/70s toned, tight and reliable little jam axe. Basically the guitar was fine, but needed to be torn down and cleaned. After I took it down to its bones I cleaned everything well using very dilute Murphy's Oil Soap (MOS) and paper towels. I worked the frets with a little sanding sponge-block and cleaned up the sprout and leveled the very little wear they had. I then cleaned the fret board with the same dilute MOS, but then I re-oiled and darkened the Rosewood with some Old English dark furniture oil. This made the fret board pop. Aftre the clean up was done, I shielded the cavities with copper tape and got a new Red tortoise shell pickguard. I loaded that with some very well priced set of Wilkinson Alnico pickups, a set of CTS pots, orange drop, switchcraft 5 way the covers and controls are all an aged cream/ivory color. I put in a new Black Tusc nut and Tusq string trees on the neck. Then I added some chrome and brass roller saddles to the tremolo I have a set of these on a Tele Bullet I just modded and they sound great. Finally I installed Fender Locking Tuners (which were the most expensive addition), and those ALMOST dropped right in, but I have to drill the headstock for the little tuner teeth. She plays really well - the TUSC nut improved the string spacing at the nut for open chords. The new Gilmore GHS signature nickle rockers (10 to 48s) sound great. Honestly my only complaint at this time is the skinny tapered neck girth/width at the nut, I have been playing fatter/chunky Tele necks for a while now and the affinity feels like she need to eat more. lol The tone is nice... Its a little hot, but not so much that it gets muddy. She sounds clean and has a good range up and down the 5-way. I MAY look for some different Pups for her later on, but for now I have significantly lest than $200 into this guitar. She looks great though and I just wanted to share.