I was blind and now I see (sorta NGD content).
About 5 years ago an original Charvel 4M from 1988 came for sale in my area. These are beyond rare here, I had never seen one, to be fair, and the only models of that brand around here are the modern, brand new of the shelf stuff at the local store. I am an old time fan, I played a close cousin of it back in the states around 25 years ago, that my bandmate owned and that foolishily I didn't buy from him.
The kid selling it was in serious need of cash and gave it to me for less than $100 US dollars. The neck and body were in astoundingly good shape for a 30 year old guitar, pretty much in mint condition, but the floyd and a few other hardware parts had definitely seen better days.. Because the floyd was busted, it wouldn't say in tune, so I quickly forgot about it since I have other guitars.
Anyway, last week my guitar tech called me. He is moving to another city (which totally sucks btw, cause he is my friend and good techs are as rare as Charvels here.) so he told me that if I wanted him to look at something, now was the time. So I took him this one expecting he was gonna suggest replacing the bridge.
Luckily, this guy is good at his game. He fixed the bridge, with assorted parts he had laying around. He then did a complete setup and pretty much handed me a total 80's guitar god axe. This thing totally rips now.
One thing I can say now is that those three mini toggle switches and the jackson mid boost circuit are worth the price of admision alone, or they would be if it wasn't for the killer neck, too. In the past, I never bothered with the middle pickup (because, RB and Yngwie). This thing has made me realize i am not them. What's unique about this is that you can turn all three pickups at the same time, or any combination of the three you want. Since this isn't a usual feature of a strat, I had never realized the potential. I swear to god, using the middle at the same time as any of the other two, along with the preamp, gives me a sorta, kinda Schenkerish / Uli cocked wah tone. I couldn´t believe my ears.
Still in the honeymoon phase, of course, but so far I am totally in love.