Saturday was NGD and I'm compelled to share. I haven't really played a Strat regularly for quite a while and the two I have (90s Mexican standard and a mutt with a 90s Japanese neck) haven't seen the light of day in quite a while. I pulled 'em both out recently to track for a project and decided that I simply didn't like either guitar. Neither is terrible but there are things about them both I don't like: The MX has AWFUL pickups. Harsh and blatty. The Japanese neck, although I understand they're coveted in some circles...I just don't like it. Super thin at nut, kinda like going from a P-Bass to a Jazz. Weird. Also, being a mutt, it's a pretty unbalanced instrument. So, after looking at local shops for anything under $500...I kinda gave up. The Squire vintage series stuff is a pretty good value but was hoping to avoid another solid or burst poly finish...I have more than a couple. I remembered seeing these when ordering some parts from guitarfetish.com. Really dug the finishes - particularly the brown one. Not interested in a "relic debate" here...I just don't want to ton of crap on the wood. Anyway, figured I get one, order a Warmth to my spec, throw some old Van Zandts in it and be out for under $500. Ordered the guit and the neck. The guit got here Saturday. I'm kinda in shock. If you know how to set up your axe, this is a nuts deal. I still don't like the aesthetic of the headstock/logo, but if you can get over that, i dunno. I think it's pretty nuts. Here's my unboxing and review. It's long and pretty detailed, but there are some shortcuts to the sections in the description.