Stopped by a local Guitar Center recently to check out the 62 Hot Rod Strat and came away extremely impressed. I have owned lots guitars from the Fender Custom Shop, Suhr, Anderson and Grosh. Although the quality isn't quite to that level, it's pretty damn close! The guitar felt and sounded great! The neck the perfect shape for me. The fingerboard was beautiful and the frets were very nice. My only complaint is that you could feel the edges of the frets up and down the neck. Nothing severe, but I hate that. The pickups sounded very good to me. I love the way the guitar is wired. The 9.5 radius felt very good. The weight was perfect. The olympic white finish was tasty. I think Fender really nailed it with this one. It will certainly work for me! It feels great not to have to spend $2K to get something very close to custom shop quality. I tested it through a variety of amps (vintage wide panel tweed, new Fender Twin Reverb with 15" reverb, a terrible Marshall JCM800 with reverb, a BF Princeton (non-reverb), and a Vox AC30 2x12 with Warfdales). I had the Vox AC30CC2x with Blues and, I have to tell you, the warfdale model sounded really good. I'd definitely take the Blues over the warfdales, but they weren't bad at all! That's a hell of an amp for the money. For $2K, a guy could get a killer Strat and a very nice AC30 (used for both). Nice work, Fender and Vox!