I'm looking for an early to mid 80s Fender Strat. I like the 62 reissues and am taking note of all the differents specs on both the USA made RIs (Fullerton) and the Japanese JV, E-A series, etc. I prefer the relic'd feel on the neck (think Custom Shop Nitrocellulose aged necks, not gloss). I'm wary of Basswood, per my research, including a respected tech's opinion, and would prefer and alder or ash body. I like them both no real preference there, just want something not too heavy with great sustain. As you know, price difference is sizable in the USA vs. MIJ. I'm actually surprised some early 80s MIJs are commanding upwards of 2k asking price now. Pretty astounding. Originality is important to me, but only if I had to sell it because I wasn't in love with it (trying to avoid this instance). That brings up the idea of doing a Partscaster with with Fender body + neck with boutique pickups. If going this route, I'm thinking getting an Alder MIJ guitar for the well matched body and neck.. that way I could score it for much less than an AVRI and swap parts with no remorse as it's not a collector's piece. My concern with a Partscaster is a poorly matched body/neck ( for instance, taking an AVRI neck and pairing it with an MIJ body, etc ). Unfortunately what we're talking about is not readily available on the local level, so I don't have the luxury of trying anything out. I have to buy online and make the best of it. That's it! Much looking forward to your recommendations and thoughts.