First copy shipped to me had a faulty switch, but a replacement copy has been great. It has a relatively light but resonant body and great variety of sounds using the various pickup combinations available with the unique Michael Kelly switching. I've not owned a high end Fender strat, but this is way nicer than a vintage modified Squier strat that I gave to my son. I particularly like the compound radius neck and the wider nut, which are only found on higher end Fender guitars. It also looks great, and the finish is top notch!