#1
Ok. I really love lincoln brewsters sound. And what hes done with his strat is hes modded it with area 58 and 61 pickups along with a volume pot mod. Anyways i am going to do exactly that. but strat wise do i really need to spend 1100 on an american standsrd or is there a cheaper model or easier way to do this? I mean since im switchin out the pickups is the rest of the guitar that important? I hope im being clear enough
#2
a MIM Fender standard would do well enough. it's no MIA but it gets the job done and for about $700 less.
i used to be a mod, then i took an arrow in the knee.
#4
different wood, different hardware, different levels of craftsmanship, yes it will sound slightly different, it's up to you to decide whether or not it's worth the price or not.

I love the American strats, they practically play themselves.