I was in a Sherwin Williams automotive paint store today buying a clear for my RG 'carbon fiber' refinish project and the sales guy said 'hey I have a guitar here I painted using our planet color series paints if you want to see it'.
Basically a guy was going to pay him 50$ to paint the guitar, after painting the guy never paid or picked up the guitar.....for over 4 years!!!!
He said "I will sell it to you for the 50$ I was supposed to get paid".
It turns out that it is a MIM 'Squire Series' strat, completely disassembled with all its parts in a box.
The 'Squire Series' were American made bodies and necks, shipped to Mexico, painted and assembled, its true they used horse poop hardware and PUs but the bodies and necks were made in the same factory (same wood) as the USA guitars!!!! These were made in a transitional period before the Mexican strats had the tooling to make necks and bodies; once Mexico could make necks and bodies the 'Squire' named guitar models began production in Asia with crap hardware and plywood bodies and the Mexican strat became a less expensive version of the US strat.
This one was made in 94 and is very pretty with its metallic sparkle blue paint! It does SCREAM for nice hardware and PUs. I am almost disappointed the paint is so nice as I would of liked to refinish it myself. I will however show how to do your own shell inlays (no 'stickers') WITHOUT removing frets.
I am also going to do a high end hardware PU upgrade.
I swore I would NEVER own a Fender guitar.....but for 50$!!!!