I bought this guitar because I didn't have one with single coil pickups and I wanted another hard tail for metal rhythm playing. Also I don't have any regular Strat shaped guitars. This was on sale for an incredible price so I picked it up expecting to put a little bit of work into it but it's an absolutely awesome guitar. The pickups sounded better than I expected (although I will upgrade them in the future). This guitar plays very well, feels great and just looks cool. The humbucker actually sounds really good with a metal tone. If you're looking for an intro guitar that can do all types of music this is the one.