I decided I was never going to be happy with the Squier SE I found on CL awhile back so I stopped at my favorite music store to look at a new American Special HSS. The salesman also recommended a used American Deluxe they had just taken in as a trade. The used one was $100 more than the brand new one so I was a little skeptical. After playing them both, there was no question. I just loved everything about the Deluxe. I picked it up last Friday but didn't want to post pictures till I had my strap finished and didn't get to Tandy leather till yesterday. Figured everyone here has already seen thousands of pics of Strats. I was really hoping to post some cool looking pics of my hand carved strap but it didn't turn out as good as I hoped. My plan was to stain it sunburst like the Strat. Not only did that plan not work, it didn't even come close to working. I started with dyeing it Saddle Tan. There's where I should have stopped, it looked pretty good. When I tried to blend in a darker color on the edges, it didn't blend at all. It just made an ugly mess. I did learn a good lesson - if you want to try an experiment with your stain, do it on a scrap piece of leather. Next time I'm in St. Louis I'll probably pick up a couple more strap kits and the one I just did will end up as a hand-me-down to the Squier. My next project isn't nearly as ambitious. I also picked up a leather belt belt buckle kit to protect my guitars from buckle rash. My leather working skills are still a little crude but that matches my playing pretty good.