I picked up a new Squier Paranormal Super Sonic at Dietze Music in Lincoln, NE yesterday. Great store, friendly staff, and good prices. When the original Vista Series Super Sonic came out in the late 90s, I was in high school and *really* wanted one. But I was broke from having bought a Gibson Les Paul and still on my NGD honeymoon with the LP, so no Super Sonic for me. Fast forward 20+ years and I am blessed that if I want a new guitar, I can buy one. I wasn't thrilled with the current color choices when announced, but I'll say the graphite metallic looks MUCH better in person. I've seen some Dodge Challengers in this color and a computer monitor doesn't do it justice. That said, I'll gladly buy another if Squier releases one in Glitter Metallic Blue that looks like it fell out of David Bowie's butt. First thing I noticed when I played was the neck. It's a glossy finish and is a medium C shape. The fretwork is impeccable. It was just as good as the American Fenders that were on display. Fender describes the frets as "Narrow Tall" whereas I'd call them "Medium Tall". The other interesting thing about the neck is where it connects to the body. It's pretty high up (numerically) on the fretboard so it makes reaching the higher frets much easier. It's not a shredder neck, but access is easy. Fender's website lists width at the allegedly bone nut as 40mm. I don't know if it's bone, but it does not have the feel of the cheap plastic nut on my Squier Bullet Mustang. The neck doesn't feel crazy narrow, but I do have very small hands. The headstock is CBS-era large and is reversed (i.e., a lefty style neck). The Squier portion of the logo has gold lettering which is a nice departure from the commonly scene plain black that looks so cheap on many other Squiers. The tuners look pretty but after two days with the guitar... I hate them. They're vintage style tuners so they have that goofy hole in the top to retain the string. They're also quite stiff. I have some locking Kluson Revolution tuners on order. I'll take this time to mention that the tuning problems experienced in two Youtube reviews are very real. I had tuning problems in the store despite the bridge being flush with the body and not using the trem at all. Since getting it home, I ran some 400 grit through the nut slots and put some graphite in the slots which helped quite a bit. The high E is still really bad - I think the string is slipping on the post despite stretching the strings. If I poke the wraps with my pick, pitch will drop 1/2 step. Those locking Klusons can't get here fast enough. The fretboard is Indian Laurel and has a nicer color than some others I've seen. Mine has a small blemish (which looks huge in the pic, it's really not that bad) but hey, it's wood and wood has character. The dot inlays are the finest mother-of-toilet-seat Chinese sweatshop labor can install and are quite attractive. The top strap button is attached to the trapezoid neck plate via one of the neck screws. There is also a very official looking sticker apparently telling me this guitar can't be placed in a trash can. I wonder what the S means. Maybe it's S for snake or... dragon. The neck plate is recessed which is a nice touch. And the homemade case lube makes sizing .223 oh-so-easy. The heel of the neck is funky. Why not cut the pickguard back slightly and add another fret or two? (Who buys a 23-fret guitar???) Saddles are vintage style and are stamped Squier. They poke your wrist when you bust out the chugga-chuggas to play Thunderkiss '65. The saddles themselves measure just shy of 10.3mm. If we flip 'er over and check out the rear (ahem), we see a typical 3-spring arrangement. I added two more springs after this picture was talen as I don't whammy. Once we cracker open (crack or ropin? crack her hopin'?), we're greeted by the back of the two Atomic Humbuckers. I can confirm they are made of atoms. They are labeled N and B in honor of New Brunswick, New Jersey, birthplace of Rutger Hauer and home to his namesake university. The three-way switch (which means something completely different on the 'Hub): I tested the pots and they both measured between 500K and 520K. They're full size pots, not the little micros we see elsewhere. They have a good feel when turned, not too loose and not too tight. Eagle-eyed readers will notice the wiring colors heading from the pickups to the pots. The top knob controls the bridge volume while the bottom knob controls the neck volume. And you can't simply remove the retaining nuts and switch them because of the short ground wire to the output jack. The guitar exceeded my expectations. I thought I would hate the pickups, but I like them. I play stuff like AC/DC and Metallica with some occasional Beatles thrown in, so I want something a bit hotter but not face-melting hot. I thought I wouldn't mind the tuners but as I mentioned, those are being replaced pronto. As for the electronics, I ordered a 0.22 orange drop capacitor and will attempt to convert this to master volume/master tone. I'll also put in a Pure Tone jack as the stock jack is a bit wimpy. Those Pure Tone jacks hold cords very tightly.