This guitar is the Holy Grail as far as Strats are concerned. I've been playing since the early 70's and saw Rory in 1974 in a very small, but packed venue in Germany. He was the Springsteen of the time as far as giving you your moneys worth at a show and he had a fan for life in me afterwards. This guitar (I bought mine 4 yrs ago) is truly unbelievable--it has the best neck of ANY guitar I've ever played and the tone is to die for (if you're a Strat guy). Plugged into a tube amp it's pure sonic bliss. Holding this guitar is kind of eerie--it's so faithful to the original--more like holding a piece of fine art. A Strat for the ages. Steeply price, but worth it if you can scrap up the cash.