Thanks, I just bought it after looking for several years for this particular model. In 1989 I bought almost the same guitar (had a maple fretboard) for $400, and like a fool sold it about 6 years in a fit of stupidity. Regretted it the next day. I finaly ran across this one in the Recycler a few weeks ago and got it for $525 with a hard case and even the original paperwork.sweetonion : I too am a horrible beginner. My wife bought me a Deluxe Fat Strat for christmas a year and a half ago. I can't get a picture right now so I stole this one from Musician's Friend.
PS -- I love your American Strat. My wife couldn't quite spring for the American. (insert jealous icon here)
The solo stuff is even better. Sean Watkins' (guitar) solo CD is better than any Nickel Creek collection and Chris Thile (mandolin) has a solo CD that's most amazing, also.Heavy-Dee : Yea, I like Nickel Creek. Really good musicians, all of them.