I know that those things are considered to be the Holy Grail of Stratendom, but the fact that it was pre-automation/CNC and that Fenders were envisioned as a "working man's" alternative to the more expensive competitors of their day suggests that the quality must have been all over the place. My understanding is that they were built by nearly unskilled workers, not passionate luthiers. Was this group of laborers really able to unwittingly craft consistently stellar examples that would become the ostensibly de facto bench mark of excellence? I have never held one myself, so I have no way of knowing. The best I can do is press random strangers for anecdotes.