Last strat I owned I sold in 2002 in order to pay rent. I also sold a Les Paul and a Chet Atkins that year, it was rough. Picked up this 2008 American Standard on a whim to help out a guy I worked with that was selling it to make rent. I told him he could have it back for what I paid at any time. I did a similar thing for my best friend ten years ago and bought a 1970 Gibson J-50 Deluxe, which I still own. I got a deal and he has a reacquisition plan should he want to go that route. I sold my guitars to Guitar Center. Back then, you didn't have the resources that we have today and I needed the money immediately. I sold those for 30-40% of what they were worth at the time. I'd give anything to have that specific LP back. I wouldn't have picked out this specific guitar, but I'm enjoying it! Considering putting on a vintage white or mint pick guard, what are your thoughts?