I played a 66 Strat for 30 years, loved that thing, funky looking, refin, refret, then got divorced and ran into tax trouble and down the road it went. Replaced it with a (2012?) American standard, much better guitar, played better, sounded better. Then the EBMM Cutlass came along -- silent system, locking tuners, stainless frets -- and the AS Strat stays in the case mostly. Sentimentally I love the old stuff, and sometimes it's better -- my 1937 National is the loudest funkiest steel guitar ever. But the new stuff is great too.