I can't drive by GC without checking out what they've got. Today I spotted a couple of the new 2008 American Standard Stratocasters. One white, and one burst. I spent a half hour or so playing them, and they both were really great. The burst was just a tad lighter, and since I just got an 08 Tele in the same color, I chose the burst one. As good as I felt when I played the Tele, I felt just as good about the Strat. Great neck, nice pickups, and the workmanship seems flawless. And it comes with the same nice case as the Telecaster. I'll post more about how it plays after spending some time with her. For now, here are some pics. Again, it is hard for me to capture how pretty she is. But here's what I came up with.