I'm stuck in Lake Charles, LA for work over the holiday, with nothing to do until the project gets going again on Saturday. Since I flew down here, I didn't bring a guitar with and after a week I couldn't stand it any more. I hit the pawn shops after work and found this little punk-rock beastie: It's a Chinese-made Maestro (by Gibson). Typical lightweight mystery-wood body with a satin-finished maple scarf-joint neck, and the cheapest possible hardware. I put new strings on it and it will get me through the week as-is. After than, it will be a cool-looking fixer-upper. First order of business will be to wipe off the goo left behind by the sticker that was on it. It needs a better nut, since the the existing plastic one isn't even glued in. The tuners could be better, and I can improve the pots with ones from my junk drawer. I don't know if the existing generic humbucker is any good, but this guitar is just begging for a GFS Mean 90. I'll also install some threaded inserts in the neck, so I can take the neck off and stash it in my suitcase whenever I fly. Time to rock the Fairfield Inn!