Even if the neck pocket isn't virgin tight, they still play and sound great. Neck pocket tightness is waaay over-rated by some folks. Sure, it's nice if the neck pocket is tight. But even if it isn't squeaky tight, BFD, you won't hear it, nor feel it. Seventies Strats can be great to have and to play. Having one, and playing it, is quite informative. My '76 hard tail in see-thru Blonde ash. I've had it since new, in 1976. And, let's not forget... this guy named Jimi Hendrix (among a few other notables) somehow seemed to limp along ok with seventies Strats.