In answer to the musical question, "can new gear be responsibly acquired in these times of self-quarantine and physical distancing?", the good people of Willcutt Guitars say "Yes!". They confirmed that online sales and shipping operations are done with adequate space between their crew to ensure safety first, enabling my momentum on new Fenders to continue unabated. Taken from a Design Experience/Dealer Event, this color shifting/two tone iron burst Deluxe Stratocaster caught my eye quickly as I'm always into limited edition or slightly off the menu models and Willcutt seems to have an abundance of them. As first spied from their site: . The idea of trying the N3 noiseless pickups plus the color shifting metallic colors really hooked me and the American Deluxe aligns features I have come to really appreciate- the right heel carve -the right bridge and this version of the S1 switching differs from that of my American Performer I recently got. With a safe transaction confirmed, it was just a few days until this happy sight on my street; dispensing with signature pads as a risk factor for viral transmission, knowing nods of assent were exchanged in a now familiar ceremony: As expected, different light fires back a range of different colors. Iron Burst and then some: It sounds fantastic with all the Matchless - tops are Clubman and Laurel Canyon. The S1 series and parallel choices offer some brand new sounds to me. A fresh appraisal of amp settings is required though on some of these which makes for fun discoveries. And the treble bleed means there's useful shading to be had on the bridge pickup dialing down to 6 or 5. Lots to work with. Middle and bridge in series is all the rage in this camp! The aforementioned neck heel as on The Edge signature got me hooked to start - and is welcome here: In keeping with my downsized case obsession; I secured a teardrop faux leather case from Eden Guitars/CA as done for my Jaguar Strat and the Performer. The geometry works much better in my car and is perfectly protective. Vanity dictates an artful dodge of logo plate swap putting my ball peen hammer skills to the test for a third time and its a charm: . Lots of fun to play and find new sounds. Thanks again to Willcutt for bringing some good vibes into a bleak time.