Beautiful Classic Stratocaster
Mine was an impulse buy late one night while browsing Sweetwater's Guitar Gallery. The grain coming through the Sienna Burst was too much for me to resist. As usual, Sweetwater did a great job getting it set up and in my hands quickly.
He guitar arrived ready to gig, but with a couple of minor issues. The Fender employee who attached the hardware on this guitar was asleep at the wheel. One of he strap buttons was spinning loose and the chrome finish on it was striped and flaking; it looked like someone used too large a Phillips head and stopped short of finishing the installation. Sweetwater took care of it by sending me a replacement set of strap buttons very quickly. I installed it and problem solved. The other issue was the two long screws that hold the tremolo claws to the body were not screwed in to the same depth. I backed one out a bit and tightened the other one up to bring them to the same level, bring very careful not to split the wood. I am very disappointed that these easy-to-see mistakes were not caught by Fende's qaulity control.
Now on to the good stuff. The finish on this guitar is outstanding. Beautiful to see. Mine appears to be a very carefully matched two-piece body. The guitar plays superbly and holds tuning very well, thouh I do not use the tremolo. The pickups sound great, bright when needed and controllable with the tone control when I want to dial it back. When rolling back on themguitar voluem, I do notice that I lose more hih end than ideal, but I can adjust to this.
Overall, a fantastic playing, looking, and sound Stratocaster. Just make sure you check for the hit or miss Fender QC. But ordering from Sweetwater means you won't be on your own if there are issues.