2 years ago you couldn't give me a Stratocaster, then I bought my grandson a squier from a co-worker and did some mods to it, leveled the frets and generally made a decent playing guitar. During process of the setup and playing it I got the bug. I bought a MIJ locally from a guy kept it for a while but it had some issues so I started building partscasters. These are the ones I kept and the one in the center has become my go to when I come home. It's the one, plays so good, sounds so good it's hard to put it down. It is just the right combo of parts and pickups that jive together.