Got my very first ever Strat the other day: a sunburst 2012 Deluxe Player Strat. I'm very happy with it; it sounds pretty Stratty, I like the neck, and I like sunbursts; good figured Ash; I have Tele that could be its cousin. What I am not wild about is the gold hardware, although it is not as showy on this guitar as it was on my Gretsch County Classic. Maybe I can learn to accept it for what is. I don't know enough or have a clear enough mental image of what the "right" Strat tone is to have a opinion about the noiseless pickups, but we'll see.