High Value for your money
I've played American Strats, Mexican Strats, and Indonesian Strats. Sure, the quality goes up with price, but the jump is not linear. The quality level between a USA-made and a MIM version is (IMHO) minimal, while the price difference is palpable. For about $1,000 less, a MIM is an easy compromise to get a 9 out of 10 for quality vs. the USA-made. (Not knocking USA-made, just saying that top quality requires top dollar.) Not ecstatic about the neck finish (I'm a traditionalist--hence the 4.5 out of 5 stars), but playability can't be ignored. Great action, great tone, and reliable electronics make this a worthy investment for those on a limited budget. I wanted a personalized guitar; with the low price point for this MIM Strat, I was able to afford accessories to make this guitar truly unique and it still plays like cutting butter with a hot knife. I played nothing but Tele's for 15 years, but this purchase made the MIM Strat part of my permanent lineup. And as usual, Sweetwater's top-notch service made the buying experience hassle-free!