if you're interested in investing in a affordable stratocaster that won't hurt your pocket you really can't go wrong with one of these mexican standard stratocasters. the neck has a nice smooth gloss finish with feels very nice on the hand. when i received mine i did a little fine tuning myself such as adjusting the tremolo, truss rod, and action which is very simple on stratocaster guitars. i was surprised to notice that when i went to adjust the intonation i plugged the guitar into the tuner and to my surprise i didn't have to do a single thing, the guitar out of the box had perfect intonation. The pickups are just fenders stock single coil pickups, they're exactly what i wanted so i don't think ill be swapping them out anytime soon.