Great Product + Great Service
I've been impressed with the way Sweetwater handle customer service all the way from being interested in a product, to final checkout, to follow up after the product arrives. But when you combine that sort of stellar customer service with incredible products, it's a no-brainer!
Aside from their amazing service (which really has nothing to do with this guitar) this Strat is the best one I have personally played. I rank it above several Nash strats I've played, and certainly higher than your typical American Standard. Amazing guitar that I'll probably never part with.
The neck is outstanding - perfect size and incredibly fast and smooth. The satin finish is definitely the way to go.
It feels expensive. You know that the parts used are going to last and work as they should.
I will say this about the tremolo arm - If you actually want to use it, you're going to want to take out a spring or 2, or at least lower the tension quite a bit. Doing this will necessitate a set up, so just keep that in mind. It's pretty (really) firm when it first arrives and too tight, at least for my taste. I like it firm, but not that firm!
Overall, it's a keeper for me. The pickups sound beautiful and honestly sounds like John Mayer himself walked into the room and plugged in his own guitar. The mid scoop is not at all restrictive, as I thought I might be. In fact, I've found that in a live setting it cuts through the mix so well. Definitely recommend it!