My search for a Strat has come to an end. I picked up a 97 MIM JV Strat for $380 from a fella who posted it to CL. My first strat! The specific neck shape of this guitar is what I was looking for, and once I felt it I just knew. It feels somewhat similar to my RW 50's Tele, which is sold as a "U" shape. I researched through tdpri and other comments online that the 90's JV strats have a different V shape than later ones, and while I haven't tried a newer one, I like this so much I don't want to bother! Obligatory pics! Cool looking grain on the neck, minor wear, couple dings, just how I like my guitars: with some character!