I thought I'd give some of my thoughts on this guitar. Its the least expensive guitar I've purchased Since the mid 80's not counting the pink strat squire I bought for my daughter and the Taylor GS mini I bought for my grand daughter. But since I technically don't own them they don't count. I've always stuck with US made guitars for my uses. However this guitar grabbed my attention when I played it a couple years ago through a 1965 Deluxe reverb (real 65) and have wanted it ever since. It had such a warm beautiful lush tone. I attributed it mostly to the deluxe but having played it for a week through my Tone King Sky king its still got that warm tone that I remember. Very snappy when you dig in. I have come to the conclusion that I like the tone of both bridge and neck pickup better than the Broadcaster\Nocaster thats in my expensive custom shop 52. Initially the weight of the guitar was nice but I'm thinking now there is such a thing as too light and I prefer the weight of my custom shop 52 at 6.9 pounds. The BP roadworn kind of feels toyish. As well I far prefer my CS 52's big Nocaster U neck although the neck on the BPRW is nice as well. Not quite as big as I like but full enough for me for comfort. The factory set up was not bad. I tweaked it a little with a bit less relief and slightly brought the saddle down. However the nut on this thing is horrible. The slots need to be lowered and the strings get stuck and bound causing them to go sharp. I'll likely take it somewhere and have the nut replaced with bone. I was originally thinking of changing out the bridge and saddles for Rutters but I see nothing wrong with the factory hardware so for at least now I'll leave them. I love the sparkle finish. After many years of butterscotch or blond finishes (which I do love my blond CS52) I feel like I've stepped out of the box a little with this crazy sparkle finish. Like many others I kind of wished they had left out the arm wear as I think the sparkle finish would have been better that way but it is a small spot and the smoothness does feel good with my arm rested there. It doesn't really bother me that much. I've never owned an MIM before and I'm pretty impressed. The only other MIM that I even picked up in a store recently was a Vintera 50's Tele. And I was impressed by the one I played. I have only played around in the music stores with the US model Strats and Teles and mostly I've never been that impressed with most of them. Although I'm limited in experience with comparison to the standard US to MIM guitars, what I have seen indicates not a lot of difference.