Here's the strat I've been fawning over. I got it from a co-worker and got a hell of a deal.
Pros: Terrific resonance, neck is smooth as silk, love that big honkin' headstock, very well balanced.
Cons: Stock PU's suck. Not caring for the placement of the volume knob with the 'bucker in the bridge.
Pretty sure I'm going to get a replacement pickguard, go H-S, and go 2-knob with a 3-way toggle. Other than that and some straplocks, I'm gonna' keep it the same.
For the new pickguard, I'm thinking I may have a custom-job made with a maple veneer to match the heastock. Something to distinguish it from the rest.
Congrats man, fat strats are awesome.
I'm debating getting a second H/S guard for mine as well, one volume knob in the tone spot and away we go.