GAD: Good analysis. And you hit the nail on the head when you make the distinction between the different levels of scrutiny each player goes through when considering buying a guitar.
I never was (and probably never will be ) a guitar tech, so I pretty much focus on the end result only when considering an instrument, which for an electric guitar is how it feels/sounds plugged in.
Once again, how boring would the world be if we all acted / thought the same way? :)
PS: Nice Strat... and the right one for me: It has the rosewood fingerboard! lol