This ended up being better than I even imaged. First of all, it plays so well that it's really hard to put it down. A bandmate played mine last night for the first time and played an hour straight without putting it down. The wood and finish is beautiful, and the cut-away neck joint allows full access to the highest fret on each string. The hardware is rock solid, and the Sperzle locking tuners and roller nut make it almost impossible to knock out of tune, even with extreme whammy abuse. I tuned once at practice last night, and only had to raise the high-E a semi-final. This thing is ready off the rack to gig and tour with without changing hardware. It can take the abuse; in fact, I think it likes it!
The best thing about this guitar is the tone. The 5-way switch, along with the rangey volume knob and tone knobs allow for countless tonal variations. Forget the fact that the noiseless pickups are double-coils in disguise because the sound is pure Strat. Plus they're a smidge hotter than vintage pickups and are so quiet they're unnoticeable, even through my 12-pedal board loaded with boosts, overdrives and distortions. The volume knob is great rolling back overdriven tones and cleaning them up. It has a good range of volume and is a great tool for those of you that like to tinker with your guitar knobs as you're playing.
Get it! It's worth every bit of the $1,600 price tag.