Best Strat I've ever owned
I recently purchased a SRV Stratocaster from Sweetwater. After a few months of use, I can honestly say that this is one of if not THEE best I've owned. Run this guitar thru a quality tube/Fender amp/quality pedals and you have the classic "Fender sound" that can handle just about any style of music. I find the Texas special pickups to be full sounding and beefy single coil pick ups. They are thicker sounding than vintage reissues but they still retain their clarity and cut thru the mix well. The neck is a beefier one than what is on a standard Strat but very comfortable. I have larger than average hands, so it fits me like a glove. If you have average or small hands though..it isn't like it is so big that you couldn't get comfortable with it. It is nowhere near as big as, for example, the older Jeff Beck signature Strat or current Richie Kotzen Tele necks. The frets are larger too but are very comfortable and nicely dressed. A good Stratocaster like this is really hard to beat. Too me, this an old fashioned, quality built, 62/63 reissue Stratocaster with a few mods and upgrades. Left hand tremolo being one mod, larger frets, 21 frets as apposed to 22, gold hardware, and Texas special pickups. You really can't go wrong with this guitar if you are in the market for a Stratocaster. It costs a little more than the U.S. standard but worth it if you want a more "traditonal" Stratocaster. 5 stars.