The HM strat was one of my first gigging guitars, and I love it to death. It's sturdy, holds up well, and has a bit of a signature sound. It's heavier then a standard strat, but lighter then a LP. This was Fender trying to cash in on the "SuperStrat" designs of the 80s, but still maintaining a Fender vibe. It has a Kahler bridge (YAY! no cutting ball ends) which I love, and a great neck. The only thing I don't like about it is that it has kinda sucky pickups. Low output, and not much tone. But, DON'T CHANGE THEM! These are collectible, very uncommon. If you find an HM strat, hold onto it. You won't regret it.