I had a Strat a long time ago but I traded it in along with two other guitars to get my Tele. I had really missed it. So I bought a new one. Just recently, I had upgraded all of the electronics. I bought a "loaded pickguard" that has Emerson custom wiring and Porter Vintage Classic Strat pickups. I've never played a guitar more responsive than my Strat now. It's pretty much the perfect Strat for me. It plays really well and sounds fantastic.