I'm thinking of getting a new guitar, my second guitar and im looking at a couple of guitars in the 500-600 dollar price range. My first guitar was an Epiphone G-400. I was thinking of an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, or a Fender Strat, but I don't know which Strat to choose.
This: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Standard-Stratocaster-HSS-Electric-Guitar-423540-i1515155.gc
Or This: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Standard-Stratocaster-HSS-Electric-Guitar-105156673-i1431994.gc
They are both Standart Stratocaster HSS, so which would you pick. Also, if you have any other suggestions, im open to them, I play mostly classic rock or punk rock.
I would deffinitly suggest looking into getting a Fender Tele, i have a Strat and a Tele and the strat kinda just lays around now... try the Highway 1 series Tele's
The best mexi strat is gonna be a classic players 50 or 60. I'd go with the 60 for the cs-69 pickups. Your budget is very close to used USA strats so I'd check your local shops, craigslist, eBay if you go that route. Don't go with american special or highway 1, mexi made classic players 50 and 60 strats are better than am. spec. and hwy1 strats. If used American standard strats and mim classic players strats are out of budget then a mim standard strat is still a solid choice.