Just received the new Squire from Sweetwater. It arrived double boxed in perfect shape! The first thing I noticed was the weight, 6.2 lbs! The gold finish looks great, I'd rate it a 9/10. The neck is beyond my expectation! The Frets are flawless and running my hand along the neck i feel that the fret ends are in perfect harmony with the edge of the neck. Nothing protruding, all fret ends rounded nicely. The nut is nicely cut and the ends are radiused to blend with the neck. The gold hardware appears to be of decent quality, the gold finish definitely adds some class to this anniversary Squire. The sound of the pickups are very satisfactory, I don't feel the need to change them out. This is my second classic vibe strat, I have four fender Strats including a vintage hot rod 62. I have to say that this anniversary Squire feels and sounds on par with the rest. I expected Squire to go all-out on the anniversary edition and I wasn't disappointed!