Let's not exaggerate - great neck, bridge, and decent electronics
We shouldn't use phrases like "hurry up and get this before Fender realizes how good it is" because that will only encourage Fender to charge more for less. But, it is a good guitar for what I paid used ($189).
The fact is that the neck on this thing is amazingóreallyóand that's one of the most important parts of any guitar. The pickups are decent, too, but the electronics overall don't compare with a more durably built Mexican or American model. Open it up and you'll see the flimsy soldering. The bridge is better than average, but it's not steel like an American or MIM and the tuners are decent, but they're not as durable and the gear ratio is definitely not 18:1. The body is basswood, which is cheap, soft wood, so if you take the pickguard, neck or bridge off too many times, you're going to probably have to refill some holes and redrill (or else try the toothpick trick). I realize Ibanez superstrats are all made out of soft wood like this, but that doesn't make it a good thing. Yes, the guitar is lighter and I personally like that, but it's not cool to see the holes splintering out and getting larger every time you take the pickguard off. This is not the kind of guitar you want to mess around much with as far as the neck and bridge goes. At some point, I may buy an alder body replacement, but that will be a shame because I love the Daphne Blue color and I doubt I'll be able to match it.
My point is, it's a good, playable guitar, but let's not overstate the case. I think the price is honestly a little high for what it is. $299? You can get a used Mexican for around the same price and the hardware will be steel, the body will be alder or some comparable stronger wood, the pots and jack will be sturdier and the electronics will be wired better and the tuners will have a better gear ratio. Heck, often you can get a used MIM with tuner upgrades and pickup upgrades for around $300. I got a Telecaster with Epic Nocaster Klein Pickups for $279 w/hardshell case.
But this guitar, is very playable. It actually might be my favorite neck of the 6 electric guitars I own. I'm not sure exactly what makes it so playable. Yes, the satin neck, but the dimensions feel really good for some reason, too. I find myself playing in different areas of the neck and learning new tricks just because the neck seems so different. And when I find myself doing the same old riffs and licks, I quickly stop so I won't go back into old, boring territory. I want to make this new neck inspiration last as long as possible. :)
For playing at home, it's fine and for light gigging it's fine, but it will not take a lot of abuse. It's a shame there's not a real good identifier on this neck because it would be a good one to buy used off ebay if you're looking for a replacement neck. It doesn't even say "deluxe" on the neck, just Squier in gold. I think there's a lot of Squier necks with a gold logo, so would be pretty hard to identify on ebay.