This is a great guitar for a reasonable price. I own several American Strats and there is no noticeable drop in quality. The neck is very comfortable and smooth, not sticky, and the guitar has a great tone. It stays in tune very nicely. The Cherry Sunburst finish is beautiful, and I will probably get another one just like it, if I lost this one somehow. I highly recommend this guitar. It's not perfectly set up out of the box, so if you know how or know someone who does, please spend the time to set it up the way you like it. You won't regret it one bit.