Big Bang for Buck
I absolutely agree with positive remarks in the other reviews and will try not to repeat too much.
Yes, the quality, fit, finish and initial set up from Sweetwater are all top notch.
I fully expected to upgrade pickups to Fender Custom Shop, but found it unnecessary.
The pickups on ohm meter registered: Neck = 5.81, Middle = 6.04, Bridge = 6.23.
They produce the classic Strat shimmer and quack and were set up without Stratitis.
While having the "vibe" of a vintage Strat, it does have the more modern medium jumbo frets, 9.5" radius and modern C profile neck. The neck is tinted and glossy. Mine was 7lbs.alder body, maple neck, sunburst (add glasses and skinny tie for Buddy Holly effect).
It came set up with tremolo flush with body (3 claw springs in back), which is where I like it, as I do not use the tremolo. If you plan to float the tremolo, especially if you are going to pull up, I really recommend viewing instructional online video from Fender Custom Shop. If done properly, a Strat WILL stay in tune with a floating tremolo.
I intended this guitar to be my #2 backup to my USA Tele, but has become my 1A because of its quality and useful tones.
Of course, we all recognize Sweetwater's stellar quality control and customer service.
I've been playing Fenders for 50 years and this one is a keeper and really worth the money.