So... got back into playing the past year after a 22yr hiatus, and I have a few cheaper guitars (Squier, Agile) and decided I want a USA Strat at the end of the year. I do freelance on the side (design) and never take vacations so, end of the year I have a decent chunk set aside... the fun-fund basically. This year a new 55" TV so, saving up for next year. I'd rather have something cool, than a vaction. Anyways... I don't have a lot of experience with expensive guitars. I always had a 'if you can't buy it don't touch it' policy at guitar stores so, then didn't play for decades, so never really tested them out much. Went to the store yesterday though and tested out 6 USA Fender Strats, varying from Professional, Elite, and Classic. Played very nice, and I liked the slightly wider string spacing over my Squiers. Didn't plug any in though, was more concerned with feel at this point. What I didn't like though, were the absolutely awful fret ends. I still have cut marks across my fingers from the $2200CAD Strat. My Squiers needed a bit of cleanup on the fret ends past the 15th fret, and not that much. And those Squier SE (MIC) cost me $90 each. Is this common? 5 out of 6 of the Strats were absolutely terrible for the fret ends. Again, the most expensive one actually broke skin. The only one that wasn't bad, was the cheapest one with the maple fretboard (other 5 were rosewood/ebony). I know no matter what you get, a good setup is likely needed. I've gotten fairly proficient with those, but for a guitar like that, I'd send it off to a pro. I was just very surprised that $1200-$2200CAD guitars had such poorly finished fret ends. Wasn't sure if they're all that way? or just a fluke that this store got a bad batch. Still want one though, played very nice. Not sure what I want though. Half wants the more modern 2-point trem, locking tuners and a modern colour (played a satin blue one, very nice) and half wants something like a 50/60's reissue and keep it relatively old-school. Just one really good guitar that you never sell and get buried with type deal.