I discussed back in January my giving Strats another try. Back in 2008, when buying my first ever electric guitar (yeah, late bloomer here), I was thinking Strats but found I did not get along well with the controls. Once I played a Tele, I knew. Then, eleven years later, I thought maybe I should give them another try. I did some test driving back in January, but didn't pull the trigger. Then late this morning, as I was getting ready for a gig, I saw a 4th of July deal on the Facebook page of a local shop, Clawson's Music. Among other things, they had a used strat copy with the body finished in the American flag, for $80! I haven't thought about a Strat in months, but I've got a 4th of July gig, and I thought it would be a kick to pick this up for that gig. I figured if the guitar was even halfway playable, it'd worth $80. So I went straight there after my gig, but I'd missed it. A school teacher had already snapped it up. As I was reminiscing with Bubba Clawson about being in his store in January, test driving some Strats, including a Squier Classic Vibe '50s Strat, he reached up and pulled one down. Bubba turned it over in his hands, muttered to himself about it being in the store a while. It was new old stock, I guess. He then tried to entice me with a deal: $250. But I had a pretty good reason for walking out without that CV50. Since I just bought a new Logan Custom tele, I figured I could get by telling the wife I bought a star-spangled strat copy for 80 bucks, but a Strat for $250? I figured the best I could hope for is an eye roll or two, with the potential reaction being much worse. Or that's what I told Bubba Clawson, anyway. But an NOS Squier Classic Vibe '50s Strat in Fiesta Red for $250! Sounds like a good deal to me. I've searched online, and this particular model in this particular color appears to be discontinued. I've seen prices ranging from $315 to $350 used, and NOS at $400. So, yeah, $250 sounds like a good deal to me. But then I am still in the ranks of the uninitiated. I've played around with Strats, but still don't own one. Is this a good entry level Strat? Is $250 a good deal?