Hello Strat-Talk! I’ve been playing guitar for more than 20 years and in that time I’ve owned, and still own several ‘Strat-adjacent’ guitars - guitars with things that were common to the classic Strat format, be it body shape, pickups, bridge etc, but never anything with the word ‘Stratocaster’ on the headstock. Until a couple of weeks ago, that is, when I decided to snag myself an HSS Player Strat in silver as a 40th birthday present to myself (I don’t turn 40 until the end of the month, but hey). It is a very pleasant thing to play indeed. Rings out really nicely unplugged, the neck is thin without being too thin (I also have a Godin SD, whose neck is wafer thin by comparison to the Strat), the pickups sound great and it feels well put together. I definitely think I’ve got myself a good one. Not to say I won’t be tweaking it a bit - I’ve already put new knobs on (can’t stick the feel of the default Strat knobs, give me the heft of some good dome top knurled bad boys any day), and I plan on changing to a black scratchplate, back plate, jack socket cup and some nice Hipshot Directrofit locking tuners. So yes, I am now officially a Strat owner and I am very pleased to join the club.