Big Bang For The BucK !
I've always wanted a sonic blue stratocaster like the ones that John and George played on "Nowhere Man", but was not willing to put out the cash for the American made or MIM models. Mind you, I've got a Fender '79 American Strat (which I love) and some other American made Fenders as well as a MIM Tele and a Squier '51 (another sleeper axe), but for value, beauty, sound and playability, this guitar can not be beat! The Daphne Blue is "close enough to perfect (Sonic Blue) for me" - it is absolutely striking. The finish is flawless, the neck satinly smooth, the Seymour Duncan pickups a definite upgrade from the usual Squier versions, and the overall sound is very Strat-ish. The overall appearance is cool with the aged plastic parts. The guitar may need a little adjustment on the bridge saddles and vibrato, but that, of course, is personal preference. In all, why pay more for the American or MIM versions when this will do? So far, the tuners are staying in tune and have a nice feel to them. If desired, you can drop in your own upgrades (tuners, pickups, etc.) and still be under the price radar. Afterall, this is the Deluxe version, and it shows. If you want a great guitar for the $$, then look no further. Go see for yourself.