Nothing at Fullers, I checked there. The only authorized G&L dealer in town appears to be Southpaw, which does me no good. I will have a look at Rockin Robin's website though. But clearly, the selection of available Fenders dwarfs that of G&L, and that's not likely to change.
Edit: there is a single G&L tele style guitar at Rockin Robin's, but that's it (at least on the web inventory anyway). Hermes doesn't list their inventory on their website unfortunately.
I don't believe anyone was claiming that noise would be eliminated in these new models, just "improved". I don't attach a lot of significance to that. But we shall see.
Andrew, interesting insight on your Strat struggle. I'd always heard/read the opposite, that a big attraction of Strats is how easy they are to play. I reckon I'll find out for myself before too long, I am taking the afternoons off this week and am off all next week (although I'm the "manager on duty" while the others have a real break), so I hope to get over to my FNGS and try a few out just to get this process underway...