#1
Hi, i bought my son a starter kit with a "balsa wood" strat copy and tinny speaker which he discarded after moving on the next new thing. I started playing it on and off over the last 18 months and replaced the amp with an orange crush 15R. What i really want is to move another another step and advice varies from a £200 copy will make a difference to go the whole hog and buy one to last a lifetime.

My research has thrown up some contenders - a squier classic vibe tele(£250), well thought of by the guy in my local shop and lovely to play, a highway one tele(£550), well reviewed but haven't got one in my local shop for a couple of weeks and a second hand usa standard strat (£600 with hard case) which i haven't played but my mate raves about, although he's a "strat man". I know advice will be try them all and get what feels best but i don't know if i should approach this in stages rather than being all the gear no idea guy!!

All advice taken in good spirit.
#2
Really it all comes down to how much you want to spend. Chances are if you go for the USA Strat you'll keep it for a long time, but not necessarily the same with the other 2. If you go for one of the cheaper ones you will obviously save money, but a bit later on down the track you might want to upgrade again, so you could possibly end up spending more all together.