Thanks to all at the CS and my local shop, the Guitar Shop(Mississauga) that helped make this dream come true. For many this is just a plain jane 68/9 Strat with a maple board(Nitro), but for me it's something I've always wanted. An Iconic guitar played by Hendrix(Gypsys) and Blackmore(Fireball), simple yet just right to get the job done.
It arrived exactly as I had wanted it to be. 'Worn in', set up perfectly, but this no doubt will change with the high humidity we are experiencing here in the Great Lakes. I had just had an hour or two with it, but had promised some other forum member that I would post it as soon as I had it done.
The CS does an awesome job-I agree with Mike Eldred's statements echoed by GE Smith-never has Fender made better instruments than now. I have never seen a dud out of there. We all have our preferences to be sure, but this is mine-simple and timeless.