Interesting discussion! There are lots of guitar options these days, but don't believe in what "we" say...believe in what your own hands & ears tell you about any guitar. And, if your eyes like it too, it's like the icing on the cake. But buy the cake! My current favorite "strat" isn't the prettiest guitfiddle I've ever seen...but every time I play it my hands & ears again remind me what's so special about it. It "fits"! Like when buying a new pair of shoes, only I know how they fit! Vintage vibe is important to some, modern vibe is important to others...depends on where you best fit in the scheme of things. Run the racks, forget the labels, close your eyes, and judge each individual guitar on it's own merits! Your eyes know nothing about tone & feel...!