I have owned many quality guitars over the last 30 years, and this Strat ranks right up there with the best of them. I had intentions of buying a new Deluxe Strat, but I just could not put this Classic Player Strat down. The sound of the pickups is phenominal, rich, creamy, full bodied, unlike any other Strat that I have played. It's like having a Les Paul and a Strat in the same guitar. Great looks and great build quality too. It may not be made in America, but it is just as good as the American Strats that I have played. I recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a full sounding electric guitar.