WEll since your just starting, I'll say this.
Get the guitar ,and in six months, if your still playing, then get the "real" strat.
What I did was start low then bought higher end models.
MY first guitar was a Squier Tele,next I bought a Fender American Standard Strat,then I bought an Ibanez Jem7VWH.
The Jem7VWH is the best guitar I've ever played, but if I would have played it after the first six months of playing the Tele, it would have felt like ****.
YOu see, your feel will change as your technical ability changes.
Hope it helps
[This message has been edited by Luke (edited 09-30-2000).]
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