Classic Vibe Squier, MIM Fender, MIA Fender. For a few years now I've noticed that the Squiers and MIM Fenders have stepped up their games. My guess Is a shift in the market, marketing and manufacturing abilities. The new Squier Classic Vibes are phenomenal instruments, they're better than any MIM Fender from the past 20 years also, the MIM Fender instruments are phenom's as well and the American Fender Stratocaster is as good as it's ever been, I haven't noticed huge changes just a title change from Standard to Professional. I guess what I'm moving towards is conversation and insights or opinions about the whole thing. I'm a collector of Some inexpensive Strats and other guitars. I have a Vintage Modified Stratocaster and a MIM Telecaster and Stratocaster. I would like to have an American Standard from a few years ago or a new Professional Stratocaster but I don't see that happening anytime soon. Oh, anyone know what pickups they use in the Stratocaster Standard these days?