I have finally narrowed my new guitar down to a stratocaster, but I'm having difficulties choosing a strat. As far as Fender goes, I'm pretty much choosing between:

Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster
Fender Lite Ash Stratocaster
Fender Koa Stratocaster
Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster

Out of those, I'm leaning closest to the Classic Player '60s (tri-sunburst ), but I'll probably go used because I don't want to spend over $700. But for some reason, the fact that there are other strats out there that aren't made by Fender has just hit me in the crotch after months of guitar searching. I like the idea of a non-Fender stratocaster because I'd probably be able to get better quality for less, due to the non-Fender name.

I was hoping someone could link me to a QUALITY non-Fender stratocaster. I want a good guitar here. Good pickups are a must. They are probably the most important thing to me at this point. I need great stock pups. I play mainly classic rock, blues, and some hard rock. (Rush, AiC, Black Sabbath, SRV, Cream, Velvet Revolver, Audioslave, Scorpions, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, The Who...)

Thank you.
I know PRS makes a nice Strat copy, but it's probably expensive.
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There's also the MIJ strats.

Japan , I hear, has even better quality then even American strats.

American pickups though, are still unrivaled.

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I know PRS makes a nice Strat copy, but it's probably expensive.

Oh yeah!!! the PRS SE series!

Nah man, they're perfectly in your budget and they're absolutely wonderful guitars.

$500, made in Korea, with some really great pups too.

one thing though, they aren't really a strat copy. They're strat esque though.

Here's some of my favorite ones:

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Pm Alex the Red if you're interested

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Last edited by Alex The Red at Nov 19, 2007,
^ Yeah, I've played the soapbar II. I liked it, especially the litte groove it has where it sits on your knee. I just thought the pickups made too much noise when I wasn't playing. I was using a Blues Jr. too. Other than that I like the guitar a lot. I don't know why PRS discontinued it.
Check out Tokai. A couple months ago I saw a Tokai strat with a floyd on it and a bucker and what have you, for only $350.
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