I’ll admit it; I am a Strat addict. After foolishly selling a great MIM Blackie some years ago, I’ve been on an endless search. Here is a comparison of several popular “Start-style” guitars in the $400 (or so) price range. I tried to keep a neutral view (although I have my favorites) – the focus is on listening to these instruments on the different pickup settings in a studio environment. I hope this is helpful in your own search!