Best strat ever? **** close
I own Fenders and played many strats, my sound desired on this guitar is clean jazz and speedmetal. I'm very satified with this guitar! Obviously, you wanna get this thing setup properly, although I started recording the day it came, and the setup was pretty close. Plugged straight into the laptop using the USB cable it comes with. I've read some bad reviews that the usb cable breaks off and the input was placed in a bad position. Umm? Dont lean it against your wall with the usb cable plugged in idiots. I've put it on my guitar stand dozens of times plugged in, and it's just fine. Just because its $200 doesnt mean it's a piece of crap for your 5 year old to beat around. I think this Squire is as good as most amercian and mexicans fenders (if not better). I treat it with resect, I record on it everyday, and I will play live with it without hesitation.
Pros: Great guitar to begin with. USB records so easily!(clean signal although pretty low DB) Comes setup pretty close. Pickups sound great, that real strat sound. Ridiculously cheap for the quality and technolgy.
Cons: Neck pickup noise(but thats why the inbetween selector was created). Rosewood fretboard a little sticky (I would have prefered the option to have a maple neck). Not a beast of sustain. Why have a headphone jack/nob dedicated to it? (Without an onboard amp, why would anyone ever use it? Cans go out of the board mix, not the guitar. It's a waste of a nob)