First, let me say I'm not the kind of guy who jumps blindly on the proverbial "bandwagon" whenever something or someone comes along who is popular. That said, I've been impressed with Mayer's playing as of late. I picked up one of the Mayer signature strats recently and was also impressed with the guitar. I liked the playability and tone very much. In fact, I like the "big dipper" pickups more than most stock strats I've played - the tone is very bluesy and "vintage" sounding to me. I'm just curious what others think of the signature strat compared to the other US strats available in the same price range.