I ran across this new blonde CV50's Strat model last night and much to my surprise it was made in China. From the S/N and the logo I am assuming this is latest production. It was nice and light, from the 6 to 7 pound range I would guesstimate. I know a lot of folks will want to hear that the neck felt thicker than my 2008 sunburst CV50 down at the first fret area. I would have loved to have been able to measure it. When I plugged it in, it sounded great to me. The only downsides for this particular one is that it had some slight fret sprout going on and it needed a better setup. I'm not sure my pics really captured the trans blonde finish too well. You could see wood grain through parts of it. I would love to see them offer this model with gold hardware to make a poor man's Mary Kaye model.