Strats are awesome, and everyone should own one. Got a 97 American Standard at a flea market for $450. It was a bit scuffed up, the backplate was missing, and the guy had aftermarket pickups, but she played nice and I had been jonesing for a Strat for awhile. Almost dropped $500 on a MIM the day before, but changed my mind for some reason. Obviously it was meant to be. Put in some 57/62 pickups and she sounds great. I've even gone and added some more mojo by scratching the front when I friggin' dropped it. Now it has strap locks. Oh well.