Voilà, my Levinson Blade hand made Swiss Strat. I’m guessing she’s an R3 from ‘89 or ‘90. I’m the original owner - at least 25 years now. I walked into a music store in Indiana and asked to try out an amp. They gave me this guitar to play. So I’m trying the amp (a Marshall) and wasn’t feeling the love but the more I played, the more I realized what a great guitar this was. Nobody had heard of these guitars in America, so it had sat around the store for quite some time. The guys at the store said they knew that someday, someone would fall in love with this guitar. I walked out with her that very day. She had a very 80s sound, which was cool back then, and active electronics that let you sound like a Tele, blah blah blah. Never been a fan of active pickups so many years ago, I had the active stuff taken out and put a Duncan JB jr in the bridge, which sounded awesome. However, the Levinson pickups still had that 80s sound. A couple of months ago, I made a thread to ask for advice about replacement pickups. I got all sorts of great suggestions (thanks, guys) but the eventual winners were a set of 1993 American Standard Strat pups from eBay (thanks to DougM for the suggestion). I had 920D make me a loaded pick guard and wanted to share the before and after pics with you guys. It sounds amazing. This guitar, oddly enough, has a maple body. Ebony fingerboard, too. Sounds definitely brighter than a RW board Strat, but not as much “spank” as a maple board. Sounds very Stratty though and I’m in love with her all over again. Still plays like a dream. Used to be alpine white, now mellowed with age to a beautiful, creamy antique white.