This is the second pine Strat-style guitar to come off my bench, and both have been winners!
Leo Fender built several early Broadcaster models from pine, but never any Strats, so far as I know. Many people look down on pine (too cheap, too common?) but it sounds fantastic and looks great, too.
Check out this beautiful example, with its blue streaks and intergalactic knot placed right on the arm cut! Graeme, the builder, chose this body for his second project. Clearfork Designs body, Allparts neck, Fender bridge, tuners, noiseless pickups, and plastic parts, and a Tru-Oil finish. It’s simple: gather good parts and put them together properly, and you really can’t miss.