And I am surprised. I bought a CAE00 SE. My other SE has a bad neck and I used the body as a replacement. From this one, the best I expected was a cheap kit to basically rebuild. A platform to mod. It has a couple of warts on the body, but otherwise it has seen very little use, and has almost no wear. First impression is, I would not have identified the neck as Squier with my eyes closed. It feels thinner and wider, I guess because it is not rolled at all. Very comfortable for me. Second impression was that it was set up very low, so I expected it to buzz and need adjustment. Third impression, those pups are not bad at all, and it isn't buzzing at all. The pickups may not be preference, but they are certainly usable, even straight into the Studio Pro. This is a very nice guitar that plays beautifully. I have several much more expensive strats, and this is still a very nice guitar. The pickguard is yellowing, so it looks like it has a dirty brown tint to it. I see why some of you hunt them. I have taken pictures, but Photobucket is goofing up. It won't let me upload them right now.