Do you play guitar? Even if you're not the next Jimi Hendrix and just play guitar for recreation and enjoyment only, this is a group for those of us in TA who speak guitar.
unseen: Learning chord progressions; I-VI-IV-V, I-IV-V, etc., figured out intervals, scales, hammer on and pull off's, and Travis picking. I think I'm getting more of a kick learning theory then actually strumming.
My daughters Strat is a 2005, USA made American Standard. It came with single coil passive pickups but I found them noisy and annoying and switched out the entire pick guard with EMG SA David Gilmore active pickups. What a difference!
Fender makes the U.S. made American Standard Stratocaster and a Mexican made Standard Stratocaster. Differences are in the wood used for the body of the guitar. The U.S. made guitar uses one solid piece of wood and the Mexican uses wood that has been glued together to makeup the body of the guitar. There are also differences in the frets and tuning gears and the bridge. Playing the two guitars side by side the feel of the American Standard is much nicer. The neck is smoother and the guitar stays in tune. Better tuning gears.
Almost forgot; check out this guitar. My wife won it at the High School Music Boosters raffle a few years back. It's a ESP Sambora, limited edition, and it's signed by the entire Bon Jovi Band. I played it once. The rest of it's existence has been in that coffin:
Dual Humbuckers and Floyd Rose Trem. Love the Floyd Rose.
You know that ad "I don't always drink beer, but when I do...it's Dos Equis"? Well, I don't listen to much heavy metal, but when I do, it's Dimmu Borgir because they blow just about everyone else out of the water: