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The Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster is great for those looking for a professional sound. Coming in rosewood or maple, I'd advise maple, as I find it easier to play. Personally, I put new pick ups from Porter, their S90 model,and this guitar sounds great. From sensitive, neck position bassiness to biting, bridge position, piercing highs, this guitar plays and sounds great. I'd also advise adding a volume kit, so one could turn down the volume without treble bleed. Great stock, but amazing if a little money is put into it, this guitar is worth the money.