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A guitar that overcome my expectations! The continuous increase of its price, means that is a trust-worthy, value for money guitar! Every beginner should start with this guitar!
Bought mine a few months ago based on many positive reviews across the internet.
It surpassed my expectations. Build quality is great and finish is very good too. Sounds amazing. It has really hot Alnico 5 pickups. Rumour is that they are white-label Toneriders. Simply great. Neck pickup has a very Stratocaster sound. it is a big plus to me.
The nut isn't on par with the other components and I will probably replace it in the future. It's made of plastic bone instead of real bone. It does not compromise though, so it's okay for now. The input jack also bothers me a little. It gets loose too easily and too often. Will probably replace it too.
Can't see a reason to go for the Fender brand on this one besides ostentation or brand worship.
EDIT: just traded the input jack for a Electrosocket. Now takes L cable plugs. The responsible luthier said that the nut is perfectly fine and does not need to be replaced anytime soon. Also mentioned how good the overall build quality is.