Hello all, and welcome to my first thread here. I've always only ever played my first guitar: a 2001 Fender american SERIES (read: not standard) strat in a very rare hot rod red finish. This made me a snob. I would refuse anything "less." For the last 4 or 5 years, I've had a buddy's "junky squier" in a case under my bed because he didn't play anymore. Not really sure how I came to be the caretaker. Anyway, my wonderful bride-to-be has purchased me 2 guitars since we've been dating. One is a mexican '72 thinline tele, the other is a chinese gretsch pro jet. This REALLY opened my eyes to the craftsmanship and great deals that can be had on buying foreign guitars. I pulled the squier out from under the bed to finally give it some attention. It is the guitar listed in the title. What I love about it: The weight and balance are PERFECT. I have no idea what kind of pickups are in it, but they are surprisingly well balanced and clear, I might not even upgrade them. The neck is warm and thick. Not exactly sure of the radius but it will do. What I hate about it: thin frets. I hate tiny frets, and I don't know why. Plus, these are all worn out in the usual "cowboy chord" places. The nut just looks awful when de-stringed. The body is plywood, but I don't quite hate that. I'm not a snob anymore, it sounds fine and feels fine. I replaced the entire bridge/saddle assembly with a 70's guitar man kit that was given to me. The fretboard: it's flat! I HATE flat fretboards! I was thinking I'd get the fretboard planed and levelled to match the round countour that a strat neck is supposed to have (at the same time I'm getting it refretted, that is). Just my $0.02. I like the guitar! Fantastic deal on a potentially awesome guitar!