I've had all sorts of guitars over the years and once it was that you had to have something expensive to get decent playability. Recently I purchased a Squier Bullet Stratocaster for the huge sum of £115 ($147) because it played really well in the shop. Ok the pickups were not great and the tuners even less so but I had replacements anyway so it's cost me no more. The fretting and playing surface were fine and the guitar came with the action and intonation set and even has internal shielding paint properly grounded. Dressed a few fret ends and it's good to go and plays (honestly) as well as any other Strat or Tele I have. I'm not sure, from my experience, that there really is all that is suggested in the claims for "tonewood." This Strat has a very light body of basswood but it sounds every bit as good as my friend's expensive Fender, with a great hollow twang. Looks and sounds great - what's not to like? We've a club concert coming up soon and I'd like to enjoy the show so I really don't want to lug loads of heavy gear about. I'll be turning up with my modified Bullet and plug into a friend's Fender amp and there really isn't anything about this guitar to impede my playing and, without boasting, it's going to sound a deal better than some others I can think of.