Just picked this up today. I haven't owned a strat since I started playing 23 years ago. I have heard mixed things about the new classic vibes but I have to say that this one plays really well. No issues. In fact, the neck feels great. Its taking me a minute to get used to the sound of the strat pickups as its been so long since I have played one. They sound good to my ears though. But I have no frame of reference what good strat pickups sound like lol. Happy with my purchase.