Shortly after I started playing guitar, probably around 1988-ish, I remember falling in lust for the first time, for an out-of-budget guitar. It was a strat-alike made by Blade. They were the "high end" models sold at my local store, Hartford Music Center in Wisconsin. This wasn't a high-end store, at all (for example, their highest-end non-marshall was a Crate Blue Voodoo). They have since closed. I'll admit that I was too new of a guitar player to have any insight, or memory, on if they were actually good guitars....but man, oh, man, did I ever love the look of 'em. The only other strats I had seen in person were solid paint, or at beast, a standard classic burst of some sort. The Blade guitars seemed like a Ferrari or something, in comparison. I saw another guitar recently from a different company that had a similar aesthetic to the one in that little store that I lusted after. I hadn't thought of that company in a long time, and it inspired me to look up Blade to see if they were still around. Sure enough, they are: https://www.bladeguitars.com/ Does anybody have any experiences or info on Blade Guitars? Either from decades past, or recent? It looks like they have at least two quality tiers of sub$1000 guitars and then $2K+, based on only a few minutes of googling, so I have no idea how accurate that is... Their Falcon double-block trem sounds interesting. Allows pull-back even with the trem resting on the body, apparently. It's hard to tell, but the pickgauard is a sort of brass-y colored "sepia mirror" material.