Hello, My name is Fred. I am new to this forum. Iv'e been an owner of 3 Squiers. A Tele custom, Standard Tele and Now a Squier Standard Stratocaster. As a former owner of an American Strat and MIM Tele, I can honestly say that I enjoy(ed) playing my Squier guitars as musc, if not more, than my MIM Tele and chose my current Strat over a MIM I demoed. I believe mine is a 2006. It plays and sounds great.