If you remember this thread (An Old Strat Comes Home), you will recall that the guitar I bought when I was a teenager and foolishly let go has returned home after 14 years away. I took the guitar to Mitchell's Musical Magic in Sunrise last week, and Mitch and I spent some time talking about what we wanted to do with this guitar. My requirements were simple: I wanted it to be a guitar that fit my style of playing (clean- to mildly-overdriven blues) and be a little different from stuff I already have. The mid-80s Made in Japan guitars are heavy, solid, heavy, (did I mention heavy?) and have been getting a pretty good reputation lately. These are the guitars that were made during Fender's transition from CBS-owned to employee-owned, when they did not have a US factory for production. During this time, ALL Fender Stratocasters were made in the Japan factory. It took some thinking before we stumbled on the idea of putting P90 pickups in. I have never had a P90 guitar before, so I got pretty excited about it, and I left with the agreement that Mitch would put a pair of old P90s he had in his drawer into the guitar. It required a commitment, in that once the pick guard was cut for P90s, there was no going back to stock. (The body was already routed with pickup cavities that would hold the soapbars). Mitch did some other work as well, a lot of it things that non-guitarists would never notice. He replaced the caps. He tossed the (broken) original nut and installed a roller nut, shimmed with a piece of old bakelite. Mitch wired the toggle switch to activate the bridge pickup no matter where the 5-position switch is. (The factory-original toggle originally split the bridge humbucker into a single-coil). This is neat because now I can enable both P90s at once with the middle single-coil off if I want, or can have all three pickups on, or just one at at time. Actually, every possible combination of pickups is now available. The single tone knob (I know, weird right?) affects all pickups. He rolled the edges of the fingerboard, something that a lot of people don't think about and that really makes a difference once you do it. It makes the guitar feel more worn-in and familiar. Mitch balanced the floating bridge so that it hovers parallel to the body, just enough float for me to do very slight vibrato. I picked the guitar up from Mitch on the way home from work last night and left right away to go to the Mark Knopfler concert, so I have really not had much time to play the guitar and get to know the pickups. That will take time. One thing I can say about them is that they do clean up very nicely when the volume is rolled down to 9 or 8. Is this typical of P90s? They stay fairly bright, they just lose a little bite, which is very sweet. I'm looking forward to getting to know the guitar over the next few days, playing it through all of my amps, and generally reacquainting myself with it. I will be going to the shop today to pick up a set of strap buttons for it - it had a worn-out pair of Schallers that needed replacing. Here are a few pics I took this morning: Thanks for reading & looking.