I started out playing a Chinese Knock-Off "stratstyle" electric guitar which costed about 100$ that comes with guitar amp built into the hardcase. After a year of playing, I finally get to upgrade to a Ibanez RG Series guitar and from then on I have never touched any Squier/Fender. Till the day I bought one of these Squier Surf Strat that was loaded with DuncanDesigned Lipstick pickups, everything changed. I was able to re-learn the basic of blues again. Everything just felt great on this guitar. I mean, I know it is not an actual Fender Strat but to me these Vintage Modified series felt very close to an actual Fender Strat especially those with the clear coat finish on the neck like these Surf Strats, and especially for the price tag, can't complain.