I ordered this a little over a week ago, but today was the first chance I've had to unbox it and give it a whirl (I was on the road). And I love this Strat! I'm not much if a Fender guy because the Strats I've played in the past just didn't do it for me. Mainly because of the necks. Well, before I ordered this one I was in a GC that had an Elite Strat on display, and I actually liked the neck on it. The profile is a little weird, but once you play on it a little bit, it feels pretty good (it tapers from a D at the nut to a C the further up you go). And I really like the compound radius (something I've always liked about my Jacksons and Charvel). And the N4 pickups sound great! I'm not much if an aficionado on single coils, but I like them! And I'm sure that the ash body is part of it too. It has some of the tones I've been missing from my guitar collection. It's a very lively sounding guitar, even unplugged. And those speakers in the background are also new goodies. A pair of JBL PRX 835Ws. Won't have the house to myself for at least a week, so I can't try them yet, but when I do, I'll post a write-up. Got 'em for my Helix.