I just joined up seeing that I recently bought a Fender American strat. I owned one a few years back, and found this one for $749 at Guitar Center. Doing some upgrades. So far, so good. It had Les Paul knobs and a black pick guard. Quick swap, cleaning, string change and its like brand stinkin new. No fret wear. Sounds sick through my mesa boogie. Eventually I am going to add new 250k pots, orange drop (.022), Fender tremolo system, noiseless pups, Fender locking tuners. It's going to be a beast when I upgrade it over time. This thing oozes tone. Even without it plugged in. It's insane. If you have any additional upgrade suggestions, please let me know!