No need to read further but...
I had recently purchased a Dean Soltero. (Love it!!!) This put my playable inventory into the double digits again, so it was time for one to go. A heartbreaking decision! So, I decided it had to be my Italia Speedster. Damn I loved that guitar. Such awesome tone... Really, really, cool paint job. But - and let this be a lesson to all you newbs like me - the body shape put the strap button down over the 20'th fret.
I never noticed until I put it on a strap, but it moves the whole fingerboard away from me by at least a key. Now say I am nuts or whatever, but compare to a Strat (button over 12/13th) or a Les Paul (over the 15/16th) and than hang one from the 20th over your neck and let me know. Something to consider for you shredders looking at that Dean Razorback. ;)
In truth, I actually started getting used to that over time, but I was also having a bit of a problem with the colour, so it became the prime candidate for culling.
There is a picture of a Fender Stratocaster on the cover of one of my guitar repair books. I am somehow drawn to that pic every time it is in view. Something classic, iconic! Well, when I put the Speedster in my buddy's guitar store on au gratis consignment, I saw this Stratocaster in tobacco sunburst. Damn it.
I have previously ruled out ever getting a Fender Strat, let alone a USA one. But I had recently given my Squier to my dad, and now I had a bare space on the wall here the Speedster was. And my friend made an offer I couldn't refuse. And I somehow feel complete now. I think it just had to be.
I guess me and Stratocastina have a few more dances to do :D
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.