Hello Everyone, Im brand new to these forums. I'd like to start off by saying hi! I've been a Les Paul Player for years now but have recently fallen in love with the feel and sound of Stratocasters. While I own custom shop Les Pauls, I've been exclusively playing my cheap Squier Stratocaster for the past four months! With this in mind, I am looking to sell one of my Les Pauls and upgrade to a custom shop Stratocaster. I am somewhat confused on the offerings between stratocaster reissue years and would like to fully understand the differences. As far as I understand, the 50's stratocasters used ash bodies (later transitioning to alder) and maple fretboards. The 60's models typically use alder bodies and rosewood fretboards (slab or laminated), which were introduced in 1959, if I understand that correctly as well! Further, Ive noticed the fretboard inlays may differ from year to year as well. I have a few questions: Are there any major differences for pre-cbs strat years that I have missed? Over which years do the fretboard inlays differ? Is the tonal difference between ash and alder differentiable? Is there a sound or feel difference between a laminated vs slab rosewood board? Lastly, is there anything else I should be aware of in terms of functional differences between stratocaster reissue years? Due to my location, I am forced to order online as my local shops have very few custom shop models. Thus, I would greatly appreciate your help to fully understand the differences in reissue models. Thank you for your help!