Well, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but sometimes even that doesn't work. Let's share our stories about when we had to let go of a very cool guitar because of its sound not being right. I bought this particular strat last year because I loved the way it looked and it had a neck to die for. Sound wise, she was wonderful, IF I played it by myself, but when the rehearsals for the Nirvana Tribute started I quickly found out that the sound just wasn't there, no really, I couldn't get any sound from it. Within the overall sound of the band, my strat just vanished. It drove me nuts, no matter what I tried: I put in different pickups, tried another amp, nothing worked, the sound just wasn't there. So after having changed the pickups (I put Seymour Duncan Quarterpound Pickups in there) and finding out that it made no difference, I decided to give up, if its sound doesn't improve with high quality and equally high output pickups, NOTHING could make this strat sound good. So I decided to let it go, but I do say that I miss it, she was just so beautiful.