I haven't had a Strat in about 7 years but this one followed me home today. 2004 Mexican Standard. I just love the color. Very resonant guitar. Pickups are ehhh. But other than that I think I could do a lot worse for less than a pedal. I've owned a lot of Strats in the past... this is the least expensive one I have owned but it plays REALLY nice. I've never owned a Mexi and this ain't bad at all.