I've been a Gibson player for the whole time I've played guitar, flirted with strats a few times but i could never really get the tones i want out of one. it seems to me (and I admit i know very little about strats) that many of them look very similar but play and sound really different. I know factors such as the body & fingerboard wood, pickups, etc. make a big difference, but I couldn't tell you the difference between a 50s Strat Re-issue and a 60s re-issue. I guess what i'm asking from players who know alot about strats is, what model would be best suited to me. I'm looking for something like Mark Knopfler's and Rory gallagher's Strat tones, kind of bright and clean. I'd prefer something MIM or MIJ because i don't have a huge budget for my next guitar, but I'd like to try a strat again. Thanks TGPers.