My very first strat. Feels great and sounds great. This guitar is meant to be played like how Albert does. Hitting hard delivers the best tone. However, it does need to be broken in if you are buying it brand new. Things felt a little sticky and dull when I first got it. But after cleaning and a couple weeks of playing it feels like how a strat should. Also, the color is definitely more on the creamy side rather than arctic white to give it that vintage look.