Summary: Having been Strat mad ever since I first stared playing, I found that I was in pure heaven from the moment I bought it. Brand new, the guitar does sound a bit "brittel", due to new strings being fitted, but that does go after a few days and found that it was worht every hard earned cent.
Summary: i think that the standard stratocaster is a good guitar, although it is not exellent like a les paul or something like that. id rather play my crafter cruiser though. it has a real good sound to it.
Summary: although i was disappointed that the standard fender stratocaster was made of poplar wood,( not alder as stated by musicansfriend ) the overal playability, quality, the guitars finish color, and the price has sold me it. with a few up grades to pickups it is an ass kickin guitar.
Summary: If Hendrix and Clapton used this guitar it should speak for itself. But even Jimmy Page said it was the best guitar you can buy for different types of music. And if you play more than power chords this is the guitar for you!!