I have owned a few guitars that "had to be played", perfect right out of the box: Trussart Steelcaster, Cunnetto Blackguard Tele, GVCG '59 Slab Tele, Grosh RC... My new Rocketfire heavy relic Strat is in the same catagory. (BTW- I like relics, if you don't please kindly move on) The relicing looks good, not over the top, but it is a heavy relic. The back of the neck is realistic, where many fall off. Also, the neck is very comfortable, "plays like buttah". Perfect setup as well. Excellent workmanship, fit and finish etc. Testimony to a good neck joint is that dry it sounds great, resonant, with sustain for days. The pickups are custom wound by Nick, AlNiCo 5 magnets. They capture the vibe and mojo of early '60s Strats. Just the right amount of dirt and chime. If anyone if considering a Rocketfire guitar, I encourage you to contact Nick. Great guy. Well, I am off to play a bit more. Suffice it to say, I love this guitar. Thanks Nick.