I always waited for my Fender Standard Ash Stratocaster to arrive in Australia, but it never got assembled (or bothered to be looked at) in the first place by Fender USA. Due to several reasons that I am truly disappointed about, I will not state it here, as I've already mentioned some of it in my Facebook.
But nevertheless, I spoke to my dealer and I understood their situation, hence I switched from a Fender Standard Ash Stratocaster to a Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster. Degrading from an ash body to an alder body. They had a few of these in stock - only available in amber or olympic pearl.
And since my JEM JR is already white, and the pickguard looked weird on a white surface, I went for amber.
And boy, does it look ebtter than I expected!
I gave it a test run with and without my effects, and I enjoy the tone of this guitar with AND without my effects!
I'm really satisfied. Now I need a better amp and a few more pedals to make my quest for tone complete.
I am really happy.
This is my first guitar that I fully paid for.