Ok. A little background before I get started....Been doing more trading then I should lately and found myself with a Jackson PC1 (Phil Collen Model) and a USA Deluxe Fender Strat. Really liked them both especially the PC1. So I am off Thursday playing them both when I decide to pull out my PRS Paul's Guitar. WOW! What an astonishing moment! The Paul's guitar felt and sounded like perfection. I felt a little stupid for owning anything other than a PRS. I told my wife "why I monkey around with any guitars besides PRS is beyond me". Now, the PC1 is pretty awesome plus it was able to hold its own with the Paul's guitar (a lot like a Buick would with a Lexus..if you get my drift) but the Deluxe Strat felt like a Pinto next the PRS, so about 30 minutes later the Deluxe Strat was on Craigslist. My best case scenario..a CE22 maybe??
So I get a call from a guy who says he has a Custom 24, birds, ten top he'd trade me if I throw him $800 to even out the deal. Sounded like a fair deal to me for a nice CU24, so I agreed. We meet in a Walmart parking lot (like a lot of trades) and he pulls out this beat up case with stickers all over it. I knew right then it was not going to be good. Now, keep in mind the guy said that it had been played so it had a few dings, he said used but not abused. Well when he opened up the case, I was actually a little mad. Beneath on the Walmart parking lot was a beat to heck, dirty as heck, abused guitar laying in this nasty case.
So I pointed out to him the errors of his ways and his misconceptions about the guitar and told him I wasn't interested in a deal unless it was a straight trade. To make a long story short (is that possible now??) he keep coming back with a bit less cash and I keep saying no until he agreed to an even trade. I wasn't trying to chew him down or anything, I just wasn't going to do the deal unless I felt good about it. And to be honest, I wasn't even certain an even trade was a good deal!. But the neck and frets felt good and it seemed solid so I figured why not. Can a guy really go wrong trading a Strat for a beat up Custom 24??
Brought it home and cleaned and cleaned on it (check out the picture of the bridge once I removed the saddles). Changed out the 5 way rotary for a 3 way with coil tap and ordered new knobs but honestly there isn't much I can do to make this look really good. But the most important thing is that it plays great and sounds great too and I have a guitar that I can take everywhere that I don't have to stress too much about getting banged up!
Oh I forgot to mention, I actually think I owned this guitar about 10-12 years ago. There was an "URGE" sticker on the case that I had on my case when 1 owned a purple Custom 24 back in 2001..SO maybe! Looks the same