This Squire Bullet Strat HSS HT Electric Guitar is a great bargain for the beginning musician. Very well made for its price point. The electronics (pickups and mini-potentiometers) are not top of the line, but this is to be expected at this price point. For the student or beginner you won't know the difference.The same goes for the tuning machines, not top of the line, wrap the string correctly around the tuning post and they work just fine. The HSS configuration is a nice option to teach someone the differences of single coil and humbucker tone. All in all nice starter guitar for the price.