Played a few nearly bought a couple of them, then came to my senses. Just another Stratocaster, a good one granted, but not that good.
I think like most Strats you have to play lots of them until you get a nice one.
The no string tree break angle thing doesn't really work well either.
Quarter sawn neck is nice and the finish is just a gimmick as it has a poly base coat.
So really your paying extra for a steel block, a neck plate emblem, E J's signature and a fancy case.
So not the most amazing of Strats really, but a really fantastic advertising hookup for Fender.
If it cost £699.00 inc VAT it would be a fantastic guitar, but at £1000 plus it is overpriced middle age life crisis axe.
I disagree, the two I've played have been fantastic and I found them a definite improvement over the new Standard USA Strats. the fingerboard radius was better for me and I loved the pick-ups (only available on this guitar IIRC)
If you take it as a set of parts it may not look worth it but put them all together and it works really well.
As always, go and play one and let YOUR ears and fingers decide.
I bought a red one about 6 months ago on Ebay, a decent deal at about $900 brand new. At first the neck shape seemed too large and hard to move around. On the positive, it played these beautiful resonant bell type chords unlike any of my other strats, ( a The Strat (Walnut/1982), a Strat Plus, a custom made strat from 1988, and a Mark Knopfler model). Then I had my luthier set it up after playing it about 3 months, and now I love the girl. Much smoother sustain and better sounding dirtier notes...... Has taken quite some getting used to though.