There were plenty of perfectly fine Strats made in the seventies. When I was in my twenties, I taught guitar in a music store, in the SF Bay Area, throughout the 1970s. Strats were my favorite solid body electrics at that time and I played plenty of new Strats during those years. Most were perfectly fine guitars that a great many guitar players loved, including guitarists of the day like Jimi Hendrix, who got along just fine with seventies Strats. My 1976, that I still have today, came from that music shop in 1976. It had -and to this day still has- an almost unbelievably low action, a perfectly straight neck, and great tone. I have no doubt that there are plenty of other seventies, eighties, nineties, etc. Strats that are excellent guitars. BUT, if I was shopping for a Strat today, unless there happened to be some nostalgic reason to buy an old Strat, I'd just buy a new Player, Performer, or Professional, or a lightly used Standard or American Special, be happy as a clam, and never look back! Strats from current and recent years production are better than they've ever been.