I was on a pawnshop crawl last month when I spotted in one place five black Squier Strats, all different ages and mfg. location. I found myself drawn to one for some reason; further study revealed to me that this axe had mojo! The rosewood fingerboard was all gummed up with finger/hand gunk and the frets were noticeably worn in lots of places. The body and pickguard showed a wide, aggressive strumming style; the bridge was a little rusty and corroded. It was obvious this guitar had been played...alot. Even better, the serial # revealed it was a "Crafted in China" axe, specifically Yako, Taiwan, in 1998, as bore out in serial # CY9811xxxx. The pickups are ***** hot, esp. when I'm in bridge/middle position, then it sounds belllike; think the rhythym guitar in Edgar Winter Groups "Free Ride". Like I said, the axe has serious mojo, like it sits there saying, "play me". All it needs really is a new bridge and 5-way switch. The topper? The pawnshop was advertising 40% off all musical instruments. Given what a used Squier usually goes for, plus the discount, I walked out with this baby for $88! What can I say, once in awhile in the assembly line, a real cherry beauty slips through, and ends up in the right hands.