I received the EC strat and with a weeks to play it so far I'm quite impressed. I'm also impressed that it is set up quite well out of the box with the neck and action spot on. This is my first strat and the level of tonal control and clarity throughout the dial range is amazing. I can see now how EC might get all his various tones through just a guitar and amp as he does. Lastly I tend to avoid buying guitars on-line because each is different and actually touching the guitar is part of the experience of buying and feeling you've made a good choice. I took a leap on this one only because I have come to trust Sweetwater over the years and you did not disappoint.