Did you start this thread or did I? -- because I am having the identical feeling about getting a Strat. I sold a Highway One last year that satisfied that itch. Regret about that one, because it wasn't expensive. Now, a channel-bound EJ Strat, as has been suggested, might sway me but they are hard to find used, and 2-3K is a lot of dough to spend on a guitar that one doesn' absolutely love. Verdict: pass on the creamsicle, and pimp out your existing guitars by getting some new knobs or something.