I was at my Fender dealer today and I played the BM Vintera 60s Modified and the Vintera 70s in Sierra Burst, which is the one I'm lusting after now. As much as I tell myself that I like 22 fret necks with 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets, the 21 fret neck with the 7.25" radius and skinny vintage frets felt like home, and the pickups sounded awesome. The Ash body wasn't a boat anchor, but was a bit on the heavy side, probably in the 9 lb. range. It's gonna take all my willpower to not go back tomorrow and let it follow me home, even though I'm not thrilled about the PF board. And I even dig the three bolt neck joint and bullet truss rod adjustment. I've never owned an Ash body Strat or Tele, and I figure I gotta own one before I croak. The Ash sounds a little spankier than Alder to me. I also tried the Ultra in Mocha burst, which was nice, but not my cuppa tea. Cool metallic sparkle burst color though, which looks a lot cooler in person than the pics. I'm gonna have to take my Am Performer with me to compare to the 70s Vintera and then make my decision. Damn you Fender for doing this to my savings! And the Vintera 60s sounded and played great too, but the really light colored faded BM is kinda gross. They gotta stop making these colors all faded like a 50 year old one that's been in the sun and make 'em like they looked when new. They do the same thing with LPB, and I don't like it either. Fender Japan makes these in the nice dark original colors, and I dig that a lot more.