Hi there. Just saying hello to all of you already here on the forum as a little introduction. Got my first guitar some 30 years ago- a strat copy, along with a little yamaha practice amp. 2 years later, and 5 month into my first job, scrapped enough pennies to by myself a new wine red '94 Les Paul Studio as my 'forever guitar".. (it was a lot of money to me then)! Guitar playing lapsed a couple of years later due to college, job etc, and in short fair to say barely touched either guitar for 20 or so years, until the back end of last year, when I acquired a cheap 3/4 size acoustic to try and get my toddlers into music, without fearing for the guitar if they try to yank it, play it, drop it... (I'm not letting them near my Gibson!) Very quick realised that I barely remembered anything, and I need to practice to get back to where I was (felt like a complete beginner again) - so have been practising for a few hours each evening since Christmas, and really enjoying it. Probably also helped by acquiring a 2nd hand Marshall valvestate amp, which has a glorious valve breakup on the clean channel... So here I am, getting back into things, can feel more old playing skills coming back very quickly (far quicker than if I was trying to learn something like this from scratch in my mid 40's), and really enjoying it again,. The real revelation for me though, is that whilst my Gibson sounds awesome through the valve amp (ok - just the pre-amp has valves) - that cheap strat copy that I still have - it actually doesn't sound that bad... it really doesn't. I'm guessing that's the difference that using a 1/2 decent amp makes. Which made me realise I should probably acquire a "proper" strat that will be both easier play (my LP is far easier to plan than the strat copy), plus also sound better/have decent electrics. And frankly, I'm at a stage in life where I can afford to, so why not . So here I am, looking to learn more about strats (both fender ranges, plus non-fender alternatives), with a view to probably buying one (new, or 2nd hand) in the next 3-6 months or so.