Check out #0879
I just got my Ol Blackie about a month ago and it is an outstanding instrument.
depending on what city you're in or are nearby def check out CL and also the local Guitar Center used walls. $800 cash does a lot of taking when push comes to shove and what can i say? i love to grind lol.
Strats are so ubiquitous i'd think for say $700-1000 you can def reach for an american std, or even an avri if you're into old specs, keep in mind the case etc. buy local if you can, save on shipping but if a screaming deal is out of market from a reputable seller that don't matter so much.
also also: never ever sleep on amazon warehouse. i've seen some pretty ridiculous dealz
oh and post a fit vid amigo! love to see what folks are playing. need to do the same myself lol
sucks. if it's a franchise thing check the fine print on your work order/receipt and see if it's covered... after 18 months, who knows?
but it seems as likely that it's happening on the pickup side as the pot side. if it's the connections on the pickup side, that should be a pretty easy fix, no? i guess nothing happens when you gently tap on the pup?
worse case it's the pot itself and you need to pay all over again, but it could just be the solder is oxidized and needs to be freshened up, either way it's the same amount of work you have to fish the pieces out of the f-hole, yeah? fingers crossed it's the pickup connection...
what's funny is that i find my 339 neck pup works intermittently, after the guitar has been played for a little while (no coil tap tho)... not looking forward to dealing with it