IMG_0580 (002) by pjrhd28 posted Oct 14, 2019 at 4:17 PM Been looking and looking and at last...... Bought this from Martin Music (and they were great to deal with) and here's the scoop: 1. That neck- it's the Std 59 neck carve- I had played them before and my memory was accurate. When you first pick it up, it just feels too big. It's bigger than my other electrics (Fender EJ Strat, LP, Suhr Std.). But then as I play, I become more accurate and faster. The neck still feels big, but it's working, and working well. And it just feels better and better the more I play. And now, I know it's going to be difficult to play the other electrics- they're going to feel too small and not as comfortable. So, yeah, its a big neck. But boy, does it work well with my hands. 2. Mid boost- it's really great when you're playing clean and want to give strat like notes a little more oomph/thickness. I don't know that I'll use it much if I'm already playing with some gain unless I'm pretty far up the neck-it can get lower notes a little too muddy and woofy. It sure does eliminate any type of plinkiness that some strats can generate. 3. Ditto with the other boost- it turns the humbucker into a Super from a Retro. Nice to have have when you need that last bit of push to get all the way to eleven. 4. When I plugged the guitar into my Matchless C-30r, I had to completely re- load on the eq settings. This guitar is brighter and louder that my other guitars. I was constantly turning the tone control down on the guitar until I finally got the amp settings where the guitar sounded right with the guitar tone about half way. But boy, once I did... 5. The guitar sounds fantastic- I was really taken back, even with sky high expectations. All five strat positions were doing exactly what they're suppose to and doing it extremely well. The cleans in the neck and neck plus middle positions were full and beefy- the middle position cut through but without being shrill, and middle plus bridge position was great clean or dirty, And the bridge pickup,especially with the two boost options, was never too thin or too bright. Clean, dirty, or really dirty, all five positions sounded great. Perhaps the highlight of the highlights were the neck and neck plus middle positions- full and harmonic and resonant clean but with plenty of range once they get a little dirty. I've never had luck with dirty solos in the neck plus middle position, but this guitar changed that outlook. Really, really resonant. Seemed to sustain forever with a linear decay. You know how you use the C 7 form further up the neck and then kind of wiggle your fingers to get a little bit of a swirl? Or playing an A chord with the open A string and then 7-6-5-5? It just rings forever. 6. So, I guess now I know, although many still don't. It wasn't cheap, and I don't have a lot of experience with Super/ Boutique Strats (two Suhrs I've owned, several Andersons I've played, some Fender CS strats), but I endorse the guitar enthusiastically, even given the economics. I'm actually piqued about perhaps picking up a maple board one also. 7. One other thing- of course, the case and case candy are really cool, the guitar was set up perfectly, and I sure the heck can't find any slight imperfection in any of the workmanship.