My local Music Go Round has a Robert Cray MIM Strat for $499. Looks good, plays good. Should it be considered for purchase? What's your views on the guitar? Blue finish with a rosewood neck and a deluxe bag.
I guess I'm the odd man out, here. I worked at a Fender dealer when these first came out, and I bought the first one we got in the shop without plugging it in. Took it to a gig and it sounded horrible compared to my other strats. Not sure if it was the pickups, or the hardtail thing, but I just couldn't use it. I sold it the following week.
Seems like a fair price, if you like it. It didn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you.