The Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSH - Crimson Red
First off, I don't play in a band or play out. I am an experienced amateur. Guitars have come and gone over the years.
I like rock n roll & blues and play just for fun.
I looked long and hard for a reason NOT to buy this guitar. After I bought it I looked long and hard to find something wrong with it. I read
quite a few various posting about why people felt they needed to upgrade parts of it. All three times I came away with no reason not to buy. Dug real deep into the nut & tuners. Pickups are too much a mix of hardware and amp settings for me to understand so no comment except I like humbuckers and don't use a whammy bar so good enough in the bridge department. What I can tell you is that this guitar is everything I was expecting. The grain of the wood shows through the finish excellent. There is LOTS of grain. The neck is fast and the tuners are 15:1 so I really don't feel the need to upgrade. It tuned easy. I use a meter. The more I researched the more posts I found that did not care for locking tuners anyway because their strings were breaking so why upgrade. I use VOX tube amps and it sounds great to me. I am no expert on tone and I hate solid state so take it for what is worth.
I bought the SKB Pro Series Guitar Case - Stratocaster/Telecaster Fit and it has dead on perfect shaped fit. The clasps are real big which I
think is kinda cool and it seems real protective but at the same time really light weight.
So to wrap it up I think this is a great fit for me. A beginner would love it and it seems to be plenty upgradeable if you want to go far without shelling out for a high end guitar. Hope this helps you make a good decision on whether to buy it or not.