Here she is...and here are my opinions... The new CV70 is in fact the VM70 redux. The poplar body feels a bit denser than the basswood, and not quite as dense as the alder on the CV50/60. The neck feels pretty much the same as a VM70 neck, but the tint job is much improved. Instead of looking like a fake amber or yellow color, it now has a bit of a brown hue mixed in as well. The logo is new, and the bridge saddles are now stamped SQUIER-cool! The narrow tall frets are ideal for me, but if you called them medium jumbo, only the discriminate would notice. I chose from 4 different guitars, I picked the heaviest one because it had the darkest fretboard. 7.5 lbs. Not bad. Not a flaw to be found in the body/finish. I do not understand why the put a black guard on the rear-doesn't really fit with the tort.... I am not one to poo poo Indian Laurel, some of the lighter colored pieces don't look great, but this and my others look and play fine for me. In the comparison pics, the Jaguar on the wall is rosewood. Looks close enough for me. The pickups sound like typical Strat pickups, similar to but hotter than the CV50/60s, closer to the SC101s- but the bridge is nowhere near as hot as the Duncan designed. I was neither impressed or let down by the sound. All in all, pretty much what I expected, a wonderful Squier Strat-but nothing that has me jumping up and down.