Well, it's been awhile since I've found myself in this position. Before I get into the specifics, I'll start off by saying that I've been collecting guitars for well over 40 years, so, I know a little about guitars and such. That being said, I need to buy a Strat. I haven't bought a new guitar in ages, I'm a little embarrassed to say, I only play Fender and Gibson guitars, I know its old news, but that's the deal. I have a 66 Tele, so I'm good in the Tele department, I believe its pictured in my icon, I also have a Jeff Beck Artist Series Strat, which I was given for the tremolo set up, and it serves me well on that end, I have a 58 LP, a 1964 Reverse Firebird, a nice 335 which serves my purpose, a Taylor, a Breedlove, a fretless Bass, and a few others not worth mentioning. That being said, I need a new Strat, and I'm not familiar with the models, Elite, American Pro, and such. I've looked into the Fender Custom shop Strats, and played a few, but I think they are way over priced, at least in my opinion. Is anyone knowledgable with the new Strats? Like the Elite, or American Pro? Are they decent guitars? I have no clue, for the only Strat I've had is this JB Artist series which has one purpose. I guess what I'm asking is, do I need to buy a Fender Custom Shop Strat to get a good working guitar that can be used professionally, that wont go out of tune. I don't mind adding an LSR roller nut, or adding locking tuners. If anyone is knowledgable with the newer Strats, or can recommend a particular line of Strats that stand out, I would really appreciate your input, I refuse to walk into a Guitar Center or Sam Ash, and have to listen to a shredding contest, just the thought of it makes me ill. Any thoughts?