I've been stuck playing a Squier Strat for what seems like forever; I'm long past due for a new baby. I've been procrastinating about whether to go with a Gibby LP or stay with Fender...it'll most likely be Fender. I've noticed, atleast with the newer Fenders, that the American made ones aren't that far removed from the 2nd tier Mexican made? Or whatever country it is. I know that their are definite eras for the Fender amps that are better than others. What about for the guitars? The early ones are obviously are where it's at, but I can't afford a Pre-CBS. Any suggestions on what years, or era(s) I should take a look at? I got $1500, maybe a bit more. Thanks.