The next figure whows the the equivalent electronic circuit schema.
The schema is simplified here and does not show the internal pickup details – wiring dc-resistance, capcitance and, most important, the pickup inductance.
So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.
Your last chance to own a vintage Fender Stratocaster is with the guitars of the late 1970's.
The problem is that for most beginners, a Fender Squier Stratocaster costs a bit more than they are willing to pay. In short, despite what you may read elsewhere, the answer to this question is YES.
WD offers many more Strat pickguards than shown here.
The Strat was first introduced in 1954, just a few years after Fender debuted the Telecaster, which is widely considered to be the first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar.
While the Tele was a solid and reliable workhorse, the Strat was a sleek and sexy, futuristic-looking instrument, with offset horns for better balance and enhanced playability, Fender’s “Comfort Contour Body” that was shaped to better conform with the player’s anatomy, and a newly-designed whammy/vibrato system that offered a compelling alternative to the more massive Bigsby rigs that were gaining popularity at the time.
Fender had produced entry-level electric guitars before but had never modeled them after their popular line of Stratocasters and Telecasters.
All of that changed in 1982 when Fender introduced the Fender Squier series of guitars.