I never really respected Strats the way I respected Teles, so I avoided them for years. UNTIL... I walked into a GC maybe six months back and had an experience I've never had before: I saw a guitar, fell instantly in love with it, and had to buy it. It was everything I dislike in a guitar, but I loved it anyway. It had gold hardware and rosewood. 3-color burst. And it was a Strat. Bought it. Love it. Still figuring out what it can do.