Just make sure you search this web site and the Web for other reviews - remember, this is a guitar priced at $179, but with some added value (I have GFS pickups in my other Strats, and they are pretty well made and sound great). But if ever-so-slightly less than perfect things bugs you, look elsewhere. In terms of quality, mine was just a hair below a particularly great 2007 MIM Strat that I have - which I got for about $375.
However, the fretwork is excellent, and the finish is well-done for a non-nitro guitar.
For me, it's a perfect guitar to bring to open mikes at this point, and, yes, I probably would gig with it. Again, if you don't like a flat 12-inch radius, that could be a sticking point.