Can't say much about either of those, I haven't played a new strat in ages.
As far as 30 year old used goes, check it over close and chances are it still might be in good shape. Did you see any of my oldies when I was up there? I've gotten some great deals used, some minor work on them here and there but usually if you check them over good you can weed out the one not good for much more than hockey sticks.
Pawn shops are usually worth checking out too, I've seen quite a few nice guitars and bought a few, my favorite Squier Strat is a pawn shop find. SO don't be afraid of used, just check it out close. A couple of people have offered me twice what I paid for the Cort...
I don't like to order online, I can't play it first. My left wrist gives me so much trouble that's a bad idea, and I like to hear it unplugged first too. I won't even plug it in if I don't like the unplugged sound or playability. If it doesn't sound good unplugged, chances are it won't get much better through an amp.
I wondered why you disappeared way back, good to see you around again. I'm not on much, I have to drive 20 miles into town to get online, but I check in now and then, get a laugh at all the mud slinging in the political threads, maybe stir it a bit and cruise home.Just moved back to Texas, getting settled in, no music going on yet but keeping an eye open. Loads of work clearing brush and so forth, just started pulling out the Cort hollow body and practicing a little to get my fingers back in shape.
Oh yeah speaking of videos, you haven't been around since I posted this a while back so here's one I did with some friends a couple of years ago.
We did another since then but Shane wants to redo the vocals, it's not posted yet, and we're planning to get together some more but nothing recently. I think I also have some stuff on my player you hadn't heard when you disappeared.
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If you see me running, better catch up!