Here's the story,
I own a Les Paul. I like it a lot, but it has some limitations. Mostly being it's humbucker pickups, and **** neck shallow for the fret hand. They're also not the greatest guitar for fast licks, as the neck profile can be a challenge for some. I've always been an LP guy but I've always loved Strat tone and wanted own one, "one day."
Well, that day could be soon if I can overcome my fear of change. I think I'll always be a Les Paul man, but they just can't do everything.
Enter the Fender Deluxe. This specific model has some electronic voodoo trickery that allows the single coil pickups to be wired in series, creating that humbucker warmth. It also comes with locking tuners, a nicer bridge and a few other small but significant upgrades (like zero feedback apparently, which has been an "issue" or as some would call it - "part of the charm" especially with overdriven single coils, fenders are no exception)
I'm weighing up the Deluxe against the Standard.
Now, considering I already own a humbucker powered LP I consider the electronic trickery a little gimmicky, although cool. The locking tuners would be nice, but again - not a deal breaker. No feed back, well. That's a tricky one. I like the idea, but the traditional fender have always had a little bit of white noise... so again, not a deal breaker.
Essentially, is the price gap worth the extra money for the upgrade? Has anyone imported from the States before? Should I bother with a Fender if I'll die holding a Gibson?
I just don't know. Maybe you do.
Edit: I'll also note that I do prefer and like the fatter "baseball bat" grip of my LP's neck. So again, a thick neck is not a deal breaker regarding soloing, etc.
Double Edit: I'm only really interested in Fenders and specifically Strats. I'm not interested in Jacksons, Deans, PRS, Ibanez etc etc.