Being Fender is having a special, prices seem relatively good. I'm after a medium jumbo frets, nitro preferably and these fit the bill. Thin Skin 54: Has everything I want but for what you get it's a bit expensive. Same price as the EJ, has the 50's CS pickups but no quartersawn neck, bone nut. Wildwood Guitars | Electrics | Fender | American Vintage "Thin Skin" '54 Stratocaster #SE04717 2-Color Sunburst Has pretty much everything I want but it spendy. Wildwood doesen't seem to want to deal on these. If anyone knows different or how/who to ask, please fill me in. Only downside besides price (which is substantial) is the 2-point bridge. Not necessarily worse but seems at least less in demand than the vintage one and being realistic, I may some day need to sell the Guitar and who knows what the resale on this thing would be. Wildwood 10 Custom Wildwood Guitars | Fender Custom | Wildwood 10 Custom #R49661 2-Tone Sunburst EJ - only disadvantage I can see with this one is you only have the choice of Maple neck but the quartersawn wood is really pretty. I do hear from other forum members it can be unpredictable in tone but it's a new guitar so I can return it. Only dowdnside with this one I can see is the 12" radius. My other strat is 7.25 so the 9.5 of the other two seems like a nice compromise. I'm sure I could live with it though... Wildwood Guitars | Fender | Artist Series Eric Johnson Stratocaster #EJ04877 Three Color Sunburst My other choices are used near-mint JV or CP 50's which are in the 4-600 range on eBay. These are Mexican and Poly but are cheaper enough I could buy both, buy cases after the fact etc. If anyone thinks they're 98% as good, please let me know and I'll save my cash. I may cave and go with this option anyway. Thanks in advance for any advice and sorry for the frivolous shopping questions. I've unfortunately got very few good shops locally and three young kids auditioning time.