I had a hankering for a high end, well-built, no frills Strat recently so I started searching. I wanted to keep under $2500 CDN ($2000 USD) so I wasn’t looking into Suhr, Friedman etc. I have a 90s Standard that had Lace Sensors in it for the longest time, recently switched to EMG David Gilmour set. I also have a Deluxe Strat with VIntage Noiseless pickups and a Twin Head HB. So I played Professionals, Players, Performers, Originals, etc. I avoided any with ‘non-vintage’ style pickups like Noiseless, and just wanted a great classic Strat. I played back to back, over and over for a month at multiple stores. I gotta say. The American Originals are a VERY well made guitar. Even unplugged they sound fuller and have more energy vibrating through them that the other lines. The Professional seemed weirdly thin in comparison. I absolutely did not expect that. I wonder if the Original series are how Custom Shop guys are trained or something. They seem a decent step up from the rest of their production series. So I am the proud owner of an American Original ‘60s Stratocaster. The dealer was nice enough to bring me in 2 brand new ones I could A/B. I took home the one that sounded better unplugged and off I went. I am currently enjoying that lovely nitro smell. Mmmmmmm. The pickups are great sounding. They have a nice round bottom, and have that great spanky quack too without any harsh highs. I am actually turning up the treble in my amps a bit instead of down for once with single-coils. With my custom Princeton, it is clean tone heaven! Anyone have any insight to this series and how they are built?