I have been looking for a good 70's Stratocaster for a long time. Grew up in the 1970s and wanted one all my life. Saw so many in guitar shops and being used by bands back then. This near-mint 1974 that I obtained originally had white trim, but the original pickguard is cracked and the prior owner changed everything to black. Otherwise looks unplayed. Has replaced 5-way selector, but this will stay. I'll be changing it back to white trim and adding the two-piece bridge and steel saddles that the early 1970s Stratocasters would have come with. The 3 bolt neck is straight and rock solid on this one. Original staggered pickups are awesome through my new and vintage amps. My American Standard Stratocaster is nice and plays well and sounds good, but this 1974 SOUNDS LIKE A STRAT! This is the bottom line. Complain all one wants about them, but some 70s Strats deliver the sound!! This is the reason to get one. Speculators and flippers need not apply to the 70s Strat club.