I don't play my strat style guitar a ton but love it when I do. I'm thinking selling it and putting some of the proceeds into a less expensive strat and the other to Mr. American Express. My favorite strats have been a Grosh Retro Classic and a Suhr Classic. I prefer full necks but they needn't be huge. I like vintage output pickups over modern higher output. I could deal w/ relic or not; don't really care. Two I'm going to try to check out are the older Vintage Plus guitars from ESP and the Carvin Bolt. I've never played either. Also perhaps a G&L Legacy. What else is out there that may be under the radar but excellent feel, tone, and value for under $1K?