I'm looking into purchasing a New Fat Strat type of guitar. I'm probably going to spend around $550. But I hear really good things about the G&L's and I've never played one because they don't carry them anywhere near where I live. I know the MIM Strat's are great for the $ and if they are tweaked and modded right can sound really awesome. I've heard them with Suhr's and Fender Fat 50's and I was pretty impressed. I'm just curious as to how G&L's $500 guitar holds up to Fender's MIM stuff.