I was looking for a Strat project and was mainly perusing ads for Squier CV and Japanese Fernandes guitars. Saw an add for a US '97 Fender Stratocaster "California" in CAR. Admittedly the first thing that struck me was the price. 1.5 the price of a new Squier. These were only made for 2 years('97-98) in an attempt to lower the prices on US made Fenders. Woodwork done in Corona, send to Mexico for Poly finishing, and then send back to Corona. Insert wall jokes here... Word is they were too good for their pricepoint and Fender pulled the plug. I dunno, feels like a good Strat, but it's not exceptional or anything. Looks pristine(CAR is such a great colour), but is in desperate need of a setup. Strings a mile from the frets, and it has US string spacing making both Es fall of the edge of the fretboard. Really bad cut nut, with the string spacing skewed to the bass side. I'm not surprised the previous owner let it go for a reasonable price. This guitar needs work. Also, I had forgotten how heavy a Strat can be...geez louise, anyway, pics!