While I still consider myself to be a beginner guitar player, I am simply blown away at the quality, sound, and playability of this Strat. This is my third guitar (all from Sweetwater) and is by far the standout of the group. The action is smooth and buzz free; the frets are flawless; and the rolled fingerboard edges are supremely comfortable. The included case is well-made, but this Strat begs to be on display for all to enjoy (it also begs to be played...often!). Jade Pearl Metallic is pure bliss! Thanks to Ian Angle for his advice and top-notch service, and thanks to Sweetwater for a great shopping experience.