Fantastic all around guitar, certainly a good metal machine. The one problem I have with it is the fact that it's always warm, I really struggle to get the strat sounds out of if that they say you can with the coil tapping.
Bought this guitar back in 2007 and was a guitar of the times. Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, and Bullet for My Valentine were huge and everyone used super strats with EMG pickups. I have since modified to add to Floyd Rose stability and accuracy (check out FU Tone for the parts) and a set of DiMarzio Titans for a more transparent yet heavy sound. Solid feelining guitar with a slim and narrow neck. I would personally want a wider neck more akin to a PRS but i love it.
I've had this guitar in a cherry finish for several years and nothing is more reliable when it comes to heavier music. I use this a lot for Avenged Sevenfold covers. If considering this guitar, I would highly recommend switching out the stock pickups for Seymour Duncan Blackouts. They pair perfectly with the instrument.