I really didn’t think I would be able to score one of these anytime soon... there aren’t many in the wild outside of GC, and the places that do have them, never seem to have the burst I wanted. Using @so1om’s GASOO mentality (GAS Of Opportunity)... my target was $200 for an affinity, or $300 for a CV. My fave shop has a walnut CV, along with burst (and black) Affy’s, but I don’t care for the walnut, and while I love the Affy satin necks (also a smidge chunkier than the CV), I don’t want to sink new pups, and drill/install a 4 (or 5) control wiring harness into a $300 (pretty much my high end price-wise) guitar. This CV burst showed up on fb market place for $300 this Sunday, and I expected it to be gone instantly... and it wasn’t. I messaged the guy, and he had a ton of offers, but ALL trades, and lowballs. I met up with him yesterday (masks/spray 99% alcohol Bottle, and a cotton rag) to try it. When I told him my only concern was the candy coated neck, he Laughed, and handed it to me saying “already taken care of”. He’d had the neck satin-ized, and the guitar setup by Third Coast Music for 11’s (fine with me, I usually play 10’s with a wound G). Even unamplified, I could tell the guitar was smooth, resonant, and had a nice physical response to playing. Build quality is excellent, binding is nigh-perfect except for a little flash of binding on the top F hole (which I removed with an Xacto knife already, but you can see it in the pic if you zoom. The neck is not as chunky as the Affinty models, though it feels wider at the nut than most Squier’s I’ve had (I’ll measure eventually). Action is very smooth (and low), haven’t had a buzz yet, and the fretwork is near perfect (may be from the setup, but the others I played were as well). Unlike the wide-range models on the MIM, and VM Thinlines a few years back, these are not normal size pickups, they are darned BIG, and I like the tone muchly. They are darker than the Thinline ones, but not muddy, and respond very well to careful picking dynamics. I was able to easily nail Georges tone on Octopus’ Garden with the neck pup at 9 (tone at 7), into my MIII’s ‘57 Twin setting with the gain at 6. While you can’t convincingly pull “Ticket to Ride” out of the bridge pickup (just not bright enough), there are some tones here I don’t have in any other guitar. One surprise... the truss hole has a walnut plug! Making me wonder if Fender recycled necks from the previous MP versions... though my recollection is that the Fender badger Starcasters were neck heavy (and this Squier model is more than 2 lbs lighter than I recall them being). It’s well balanced, on the lap, or on a strap... and it has a horn strap peg... which is my fave on a Hollowbody. Lookin’ good so far!