Just blown away.
So this is my second phenomenal guitar purchase from Sweetwater. I've been playing guitar for 32 years. Whatever they are doing before they ship your guitar purchase, it's right. I have wanted a Strat for a while now but can't afford the "real deal". Besides that I'm a sucker for underdog gear that equals or bests it's more expensive counterpart. This is that instrument. I don't doubt that the best custom shop Strat is a finer instrument, but I doubt that it exceeds in an area that truly matters. This thing sounds, looks and most of all plays great.
When mine arrived I cut the box open and pulled it out. I handed it off to my skeptic cousin who immediately placed his strobe tuner on it and checked intonation around the neck. Without touching a tuner.... after shipping and straight from the cardboard box it was damned near perfect.
If you want a Strat that will do what Strats do but costs less than a boutique pedal..... Get this now.
Love it. Love Sweetwater. I'll never buy a guitar from anyone else again so long as they continue to provide this level of service.
I'm convinced that they make decent guitars phenomenal. And I'm thankful that they do.