I’m thinking that it’s about time I got a good old Stratocaster in my guitar collection. I’m able to afford a US-built one; I’ve read lots of back and forth on guitar sites about Mexican vs US Fenders and my mind is made up on that one, I’m going for the US built models. This is something I’ll keep for the rest of my life so I’m willing to make an investment.
There are three price points I can consider in the US Strat line: the Standard (US$1099), Professional (US$1399), and Elite (US$1799-1899), although for the latter it’d have to be something that just blew my doors off. Much more likely I’ll stay at the lower two price points.
Anyone have any recent experience with these models? Fortunately I have a decent selection to play at my local mom & pop guitar store (Fender is their main brand, like lots of their ilk) so I’ll be able to make direct comparisons. But would appreciate any conventional wisdom or advice… thanks!