Great Guitar -- Except...
My Fretlight surprised me with its initial build quality. However, I did have issues with its bridge. While it offered both height and string length adjustments, neither had enough adjustment to get the guitar playing to my personal setup standards. After a quick online search I found a Hipshot hardtail replacement that fixed both problems.
The guitar build is really good with nice finish and sharp/clean looks. The fingerboard being made of composite has the look and feel of ebony without the hassles of periodic oil treating of real ebony. I was having a little trouble with it staying in tune, but that seems to be tied to the original bridge more than the tuners. That said, I'm not beyond changing the tuners out if it continues to be an issue.
Even though this guitar played great out-of-the-box, I think the manufacturer should consider a better bridge assembly. This is because the supplied bridge mounting screws holding the bridge to the body interfere with both the length and height adjustments. I use a strobe tuner to adjust intonation and strive to adjust intonation as exactly as I can. The provided bridge fell well short of allowing an accurate intonation setup. The same mounting screws also contacted the bottom of the saddles, so even if I backed the height adjustment screws completely off the bridge base, the saddles remained high. Now that I replaced the bridge this guitar plays as good as ANY of my real Strats. For an import guitar, I was pretty impressed (except for the bridge).
As for the Fretlight system, I give it high marks for how easy it is to use. I got this guitar for teaching and to maybe use it to brush up on my own chops with the "advanced" disk set I bought containing all kinds of great information. The fretboard LEDs are bright when you see them head-on, but can be a bit hard to see in the playing position. With the Fretlight Studio software (included with the guitar) it is easy to see how a player should play following the fretboard lights. Even the placement of the LEDs close to the fret wire can aid a student to proper placement of their fingers for a clean, no buzz sound, which I think is a subtle but cool thing to show.
The rating I gave of 3.5 is NOT meant as a hit against the instrument quality per se. But players who have played their instrument for many years would likely point out the same issues I've tried to highlight here. Hopefully Fretlight would take note and fix the problem, which would certainly raise the rating to a 5. One last observation, I think the technology should be licensed to Fender to add to their lower-end guitar lines. A great way to create NEW customers in the future!