I wanted a Strat and started looking at used. I went and played several new US and MIM Strats and didn't feel it. A small shop had a 70's Classic Vibe, maple board hanging up. It wasn't for sale but I played it and within ten seconds said this is it. It plays better than higher priced ones, looks great, I love the gloss neck (I hate the satin necks). Came home and ordered it from Sam Ash, got it quick, strung it with Super Slinky's and love it. I plan on getting another. Some people can say or think what they want but these are absolute great guitars. Tweek and mod what you want and play it for life.