A good number of years ago, on a soon-regretted whim of generosity, I gifted my only non-Gretsch guitar to my young niece. It was a mid 80s MIM black Strat. For about a year I’ve had bad GAS for another but my wife has had me on a strict “no new money goes on guitars” policy. So today I decided to try and liquidate a bunch of old guitar stuff I had the in the back of a cupboard. I took it to a guitar shop near my work and to my surprise got £500 more than I expected as trade in value. The total trade in meant I could actually afford to get a very decent guitar. So I spent an hour playing every Strat they had in stock. MIM, MIA a few non Fenders too. My plan was to buy the one that felt the nicest, regardless of price, as everything they had (non custom-shop) was in my new price range. The result was I walked away with the cheapest Strat they had. A 2018 MIM Player. I can give it no greater praise than to say it was the one guitar I played that made me sound like a better guitarist than I thought I was. The satin neck is so buttery I want to eat it. It plays like a dream, and it sounds great. The quality of guitar you can get for such little money these days is incredible. I’m also now a little concerned that my Gretschs have been making me work a little harder to play. Possibly the 11s on them are too much for my puny fingers? In a fire would I save the Strat before my Gretschs? Hell no. But right now this thing has cured my Strat GAS. The only thing left to do is needlessly mod it until it sounds rubbish Oh and I picked up a Russian Big Muff Pi too - for some added Gilmour action!