In the early 80s when they first came out, I got a fender 57 reissue from a local music store where I lived. This was one of those that did not have the fret markers where they should be, because fender didn't want to re-tool at that time to get the fret markers right. The body radius, was also not up to spec on original 57s as well as the pickups were made from what I can tell were just modeled after some older pickups, but no real year in particular. The newer ones address all these issues. Well a couple of years ago, I decided to sell my 57 reissue to get a PRS Mcarty and even though I do not regret selling that particular one ( It was going to have to have a total replacing of the frets...as I wore them OUT) I STILL love the Mcarty soapbar, which I am DEFINATELY KEEPING....but I have missed the reissue 57 strat sound. So now I have worked it out and this thursday I am going to go to a store and put one on layaway with most of it being paid off and I will owe about $240.00, but I can pay that off in a couple of weeks. So hopefully, if everything goes right, in three weeks or less I will have a Brand New Fender 57 reissue stratocaster with tweed hardshell case and ashtray bridge cover in two tone sunburst! (Love that color!) I am planning on paying $1,364.99 for one, but if anyone has any other places on the net you can suggest with good service and lower prices than that, please post. I will either get it at a local store or get it on the net, but either way, I am not paying more than I can get it off the net for. If the local people don't want to deal, then fine, I will get my price elswhere. But I am willing to try them first, as most of the local stores now say they will beat any advertised price.