If I receive a strat that plays and feels like sh!t : 1. -File fret edges, round 'em -Shave the neck (unless back finish is immaculate) and oil it 2. -Adjust trussrod, shim the neck if needed, adjust string height, check nut 3. -String up correctly, set up tremolo correctly unless frets are too worn(action gets too high) Neck treatment takes a couple of days due to the oiling...everything else will take 45 mins max. Easily 100$ saved in tech work.