Today I did a bit of talking with the guy at my local guitar shop. I was wanting to get rid of my Epiphone Les Paul. The tone wasvery nice on it, but every time I played it, my hands get used to that scale and neck and then I can't play my Tele for nothing for about an hour, it seemed like. I gave him the Ephiphone and $350 and came away with a '91 American Standard Strat. Black finish, rosewood neck, W/B/W pickguard. The white plastics have started going kind of yellow. I have no idea if the pickups are original but the covers are faded and the edges of them are rounded a little. I'll look at them later. Bone-looking nut, not the metal roller kind that came in the later 90s. The important things to me were to get away from that Gibson scale / feel, and this guitar is American. It's age is a nice perk since I think Fender was making some really nice stuff in the late 80s and early 90s. As much as I liked Clapton and Gilmour growing up, you'd think I'd have owned a black guitar before but this is my first. The plastics are a little more yellow than these pics make them look. The guitar does not look this new.