In response to people saying that great music was made on 70's Strats I'd agree, but.. you can't really compare the guitars famous (and wealthy) rock star types were playing to the off-the-shelf version a normal person would buy. I have no doubt their stuff (amps, too!) were really almost custom jobs that had little in common with what was hanging in guitar shops back then. Plus the real story in that great music being made was the talent of the musicians - not the gear, just as today. Regardless, modern manufacturing techniques have completely transformed mass produced guitars. As I said earlier, even lowly Squiers and Epiphones are often very nicely made guitars, so the better stuff by Fender and Gibson (and others) really shines. Makes the 70's versions look like something a 12 year-old made, imo. I for one believe we live in a golden age for guitarists in that for very little money, you can buy very nice equipment. And for a bit more money you can buy some really spectacular stuff.