Played quite a few of these MIM strats and never got along with them until I came across this one used. Great guitar but doesn't hold a candle to my American Deluxe. Upgraded the pups with Electric City vintage winds and the rest is stock. Stays in tune and feels good in your hands. The finish is cracked and checked for some strange reason (thinking it was left in the sun too long or something). I play this guitar hard and it does deliver in spades.