For a while, I’ve been mulling over whether to get a Strat. I’ve never owned one before. My first electric... way back in ‘88, was a black Strat knockoff. A Hondo. It was a perfectly fine starter guitar, but it also probably had something to do with me never going back to that body style. Plus, at one time, they were so... standard. It seemed like everyone played them. And I wanted to stand out a little more. I think that’s why my first real electric was a ‘90 American Standard Tele. At the time at least, there didn’t seem to be as many people playing Teles. At least in rock. Maybe I’m crazy, but it seems like you see more Teles than strats these days. Anyway, when I went in the store, I wasn’t sure I was going to get a strat. I also tried a gently used Brad Paisley Tele, another guitar I’d been lusting over a while. In the end, the Hendrix strat won me over just a little more. But it was close. I just liked the idea of having something different in the old toolbox.