I know and believe that some of the vintage strats will be so good to play, but I can't justify myself to pay 10k+ for a guitar and worry about so many things about originality. That's why I settled with two masterbuilt strats instead. For vintage, I prefer Gibsons, but I never bought myself a 100% original also. As long as the pickups are original, I am happy. Honestly I don't have the patience to learn about originalities in so many parts, I don't even have the patience to learn about some scales or chords, let alone about originality of some guitar. You have to know yourself first before dwelling to vintages, whether you are a player/hobbyist, or a collector..