Re: question on standard strat
The 2001 mexican strats are ok I have owned two of them in my life and hot rodded the hell out of them, in fact met a guy here a few years ago and sold one of them. I will tell you one thing if you save a few more bucks purchase one of the newer mexican strats they are all alder bodies now which the 00,01s did not have it was a poplar body which really sucked. These new fenders are excellent and built tough! At this moment I own two guitars that are made in Mexico..1 Jimmie Vaughn Signature Strat with Bartolini strat pickups, candy apple red, maple fretboard, a little fatter neck that most strats but I love it. I Nashville Telecaster with Jerry Donahue seymours in it which has a slimmer neck and sounds awesome! It is an alder body too this one though has rosewood fingerboard. There is a slight difference between the American strats and the Japanese strats, and in my opinion the Japanese are a great investment if you can find one that isn't going to break your pocket book. Of course I feel the same way about Ibanez I love the Japanese models and I can't find myself buying a guitar for $500 or more that is made in Korea, I am not convinced of the quality. Anyway sorry to get off topic, If you want the strat buy it and just soop it up you will not like the stock pickups at all they are terrible and are junk. With a nice setup which I would advise, do this get the frets dressed, intonation, and change out the stock pickups with duncans, rio grandes and you will be ready to roll. And remember a strat will sound different than having a double humbucker guitar and the amp that you play through will make a difference too.