not in rivers, but in drops
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I've been fooling with, gigging, building, & playing Strats for 50 years and my best one's were the one's I found by running the racks. Sometimes the right parts come together but most times they don't. But if you feel all Strats sound pretty much the same to you it won't matter which approach you take. Good luck!
I absolutely hear the difference in all the Strats I've played, the biggest issue for me has always been they're not very comfortable to play and I end up not wanting to reach for it. I totally agree that my favorite guitars have been just random finds that end up speaking to me versus ones I've built, but Fender seems pretty hellbent on only offering an uncomfortable (for my subjective taste) neck experience so my hands are a bit bound in this case.