Today, I would like to share some thoughts about an instrument that I want to bring back to life after it was locked away in its case for more than 15 years. I bought the guitar shown in the pics below in 2002, when I was looking for a substitute for a Schecter neck that had become almost unusable after the years. When I came across the ad of this guitar, it was offered to be a "parts guitar, Schecter neck, unknown body, unknown pickups". This seemed quite consistent to me (two-piece maple body, maple instead of exotic woods, humbucker, tremolo instead of hardtail, rather homemade pickguard that seemed to be produced with nail scissors, differents knobs: not very Schecter-esque!), so there was no reason for further investigation. Eventually, a guitar technican was able to fix the neck on my guitar, so there was no need to change the neck anymore. As I bought the guitar only because of the neck, I locked it away - unplugged, it sounded very resonant, but the electronics seemed to have suffered seriously- every time I touched the volume knob, the Schecter/ESP-guitar gave me an ear-deafening BZZZZRGGGNZZZZ. The "Parts guitar" disappeared in the storage chamber. Matters were made worse by the fact that the body of the guitar was covered with some strange paint that turned out to be a greasy mess on higher temperatures (shoe-wax? tar?). So the guitar sat untouched for 16 years. Inspired by very interesting posts in this forum on Schecter guitars, especially by the enormous knowledge of members here (it is a true delight to read your posts!), I decided to wake up the guitar again and to take a closer look. One bottle of glass cleaner and 5 worn-out T-shirts later, the guitar looked like this: The Serial number on the neckplate reads S8221. I would have expected it to be turned upside down, with the digits pointing towards the bottom end of the guitar and not towards the neck. You can't have everything.