New American Vintage '59 Stratocaster
First , the good : the nitro finish is flawless , the fretwork is done well as one would expect from a guitar of this caliber . The neck profile fits my hand perfectly . The guitar is beautiful to behold with a vintage correct sunburst . The pick ups have the right amount glass and bark , the controls work smoothly and are straightforward without any nonsense .The guitar is dead quiet , no crackles , buzzes , or hums . It is a prime example of a vintage replica guitar , complete with an updated 5 way switch .
Now , the nit picky detraction's : the setup left something to be desired ; when tuned to pitch , the bridge was up at about a 30-40 degree angle . The tremolo came with only 3 springs (really ?) , the neck had a small amount of back-bow that needed a truss-rod adjustment to correct and the intonation was off by more than a little . The weight was also off by a quarter of a pound , being heavier than advertised . The rosewood on the fretboard was slightly disappointing as it is streaked , not as richly colored as I would expect from a $2300 instrument . Also , the finish on the back of the neck gets tacky after about 20 minutes of play .
I really wanted to give this guitar 5 stars , but for the money spent , there were too many , albeit minor , issues that added up .
All that being said , I'm ok with the guitar . Soon , the guitar will be what I initially expected . A little 4-0 steel wool will correct the tacky finish on the back of the neck , a set-up has corrected the bridge angle , intonation , and truss rod issues .
The service from Sweetwater was excellent . I had to wait 2 weeks for the guitar to be shipped as it was out of stock when I ordered , but Jason K. kept me informed as to the status . Shipping was on time and all in all , I've had a good experience here .
I'm a craftsman by trade and I believe something is either 'right' or it is not . 'Close enough' is not an option .