#1
So I really want a strat. Not sure which one. I've heard mixed things about the QC of the Standard series, my teacher says they're not that good, but he's not exactly the guitar tech/gear junkie.

My parents say $400 budget, but I can probably stretch it to $500, plus I could ask my sister to throw in her $100 gift as an add-on to that.

So probably around $600 at absolute max.

I did play the Players Deluxe, I like it, but it's SSS. It's also noiseless, but I didn't play it through an amp (5 minute try-it-out kinda thing).

I do want a bucker though, so I was maybe thinking this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Deluxe-Fat-Strat-HSS-Electric-Guitar?sku=510477

How's the bridge bucker?
#2
Id go with a Player's Strat or a Mexi Strat with SCN noisless pickups if u want no hum, or Custom Shop '69 pickups.
#3
well, you could buy any kind of strat and then just hot rod the pickups from guitarfetish.com. their pickups and ridiculously cheap and sound really good.
#4
If you play a bunch of Standard MIM strats you can find a really good one, I'd go for that and then change the bridge pickup to a hotrails or a humbucker with the leftover cash.
#5
I guess it'd be okay, but a bridge humbucker defeats the purpose of the Strat tone.
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#6
looks like a good deal... but the humbucker that comes standard isnt great... i think people usually recommend the dimarzio tone zone, or another dimarzio pickup as a replacement (think its called something among the lines of a super distortion)...by the way get it in white if you go for that model...

^ the start tone is usually best defined in the neck pick up imo, tele's are defined by their bridges, therefore it isnt blasphemous to replace the bridge pick up on a strat, or the neck pick up on a tele
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