You never know when GAS will strike. I bought my son a Squier Mini for Christmas, and when I picked it up the other night I had to check it out. Played it thru the 1974x and wow - I am definitely missing out on something not having a Strat in the house. I realize the Squier mini probably has the cheapest single coils known to humankind, but they sounded great (until you roll off the volume, that is) I love my SG, but I think I need a Strat. But which Strat? The last Strat I owned was an American Deluxe with the SCN pickups. I thought the setup / feel of that guitar was awesome, but the pickups did not do anything for me. I definitely want the traditional single coils. I like 2-tone sunburst I like the maple fretboard. I prefer the vintage style machines Is the EJ Strat worth the $$ or maybe on of those American Vintage Thin Skin models you see at a few e-tailers?