So the fretting out in the upper register kept bothering me, even though I’d tweaked the setup pretty obsessively to minimize it. Finally broke down and just had the leveling done. Got it back just now, dropped the action even lower than I’d had it before, and there’s absolutely zero fretting out. Shoulda just done this from the first. But hey, my first Strat — I didn’t know what it was supposed to play like. In summary, im just glad that A) im not nuts, B) there actually was something wrong with the guitar (uneven frets), i.e., it wasn’t just me, and C) it’s not just that I was having trouble bonding with the fretboard radius & other specs of a classic guitar design. I liked it before. Now that the action is nice & low & slinky, I LOVE it!