I like vintage pups, vintage radius necks, and lacquer...so though my vote is a for a much more expensive guitar than others mentioned- they are worth it to me and I feel like short of a custom shop they are the best guitars Fender made... the value to dollar ratio is super high on these For me the AVRI and the newer American Vintage line...those are killer guitars... used in the 1300-1500 range. That isn't much more than the usual American standards or equivalents and I feel they are miles above. These two are the best strats I own, and I'd put them up against any custom shop guitar. Both had for around 1200-1300 used in mint condition. red is AVRI '57 and black is the the '56 american vintage .