Gents, Just wandered to the local guitar store today to pick up my 2005 Fender AV'62 Reissue Stratocaster, which now, after other earlier problems, had one of the neck tightening screws come of its thread. Actually it was a factory fault, I'd never taken the neck off, and once I did, I noticed the thread had come undone completely and sawdust came out of the screwhole. But anyway, I was happy to get my strat back until... I noticed they had a new strat in. First I thought it was an AV'57RI until I had a closer look and realised it had no string tree. I immedietly recognised what this White Blonde beauty. As I picked it up to check the neck plate I realised how light the instrument was. Wow, atleast 2 pounds less than my '62RI. I started to feel enamoured as the smell of fresh nitro entered my nostrils. Is this nitro sweeter than on my strat? Sure smelled good. And the White Blonde finish! I could clearly see all the detail on the wood. Thin as April ice in Finland... I headed to the amp booth straight away although I noticed a pile of fresh Frontlines lying next to the guitar stand. I must have been drunk with excitement. The first EJ strat I had ever seen or held. I plugged the beaut into the bright channel of a Vibrolux with controls at noon and volume at ten. Set on the front pickup the sound was just as a stratty, nice bottom and chirpy highs, as I expected but the feel of the guitar was different in a very pleasant manor. The neck radius, for a Gibby player like me, felt much more cozy. It was a real joy to play. I could easily manage gigs and studio with this guitar, especially as toggling through the pickup switch produced nice strong strat tones that were perfectly balanced with each other. The problem with strats that I've played earlier is that the pickups seem to be out of balance, i.e. if I set the bridge pickup for a nice rock tone, the neck is going to be muddy and dull. That makes live playing difficult for me. I'm used to playing rhythm on the bridge pickup, and switch to neck for some leads and cleaner parts. But no problems with muddiness here. With that guitar and amp, I realised that I may not even need anything else than this combination, no pedals or other guitars. The EJ straight into the Vibrolux was magic! Anyway, I couldn't put this guitar down, but in the end I had to. A metalhead was eyeing the Jacksons in the booth and I had to make myself scarce. The man was getting cross! As I left I noticed the case for the guitar too. A nice blonde tolex case for a blonde guitar. A perfect match! Dang... I dig that strat! How do you like the EJ's?