A very nice gitar indeed
I have been desirous of this guitar since I saw it for the first time back in the seventies. I think Fender did the right thing by adding the center block and a stop tail piece. The originals are rumored to have tuning issues. I don't know if that is a fact or not, but the new construction will go a long way in preventing those rumored problems. I think it looks better too!
It played great right out of the box. Good setup and intonation. (Thanks to the 55 point inspection that Sweetwater does).The fit and finish is excellent. I am on the fence about the headstock design although I am leaning more towards liking it because it is true to the original design.
The tone is an excellent departure from the standard Strat tone. The pickups are clear and crisp and they work well when overdriving my amp. The pickup selector moves in a horizontal plane which to me, is not a natural way of moving your pick hand when changing pickups. That is my only gripe. Fortunately, I own the correct tool for tightening these types of nuts so I rotated mine to a more suitable angle for me. You may like it the way it is, so take this complaint with a grain of salt.
If I could specify my preferences, I would ask for a rosewood finger board as I have never been comfortable with maple fingerboards.
That being said, all in all it is a home run.