I don't have the time or patience to read thru five pages of responses to this query.
I would rock the hell out of that natural Stratocaster with the white pickguard and either maple or rosewood fingerboard.
I would and I have.
It's what I perceived what he was talking about.
(A lot of threads lately where somebody receives a guitar in the mail, and then wonders, "Should I sent this back?"
All because of some actual or perceived imperfections noticed after the unboxing. )
Do I agree with the OP?
Here's how I have avoided being let down with imperfections when unboxing a guitar that I have ordered online.
I GENERALLY BUY IN PERSON, AFTER HOLDING AND TRYING OUT THE GUITAR. IN PERSON.
And I only order online from reputable sources.
My ONLY Stratocaster right now is a Fender.
A 1991 Strat Plus.
Lovely guitar in beautiful pristine condition.
That said, I have owned a lot of S-type guitars over the years, and the non-Fender ones each held their own charm, and I loved to play and even gig with them.
My favorites of these...
It's more than being versatile.
It's a liberating mindset.
It's like rocking and gigging for pure joy, and making very small the list of things you concern yourself with.
Guitars that stay in tune
Fret ends that don't snag your flesh
Drummers that stay in time
Doormen who won't...