I've had one of these for ten years now and the other one was added not too long after. They have become my two favorite guitars, for a number of reasons. They sound different from most strat-type guitars, and I'm thinking the massive maple necks have something to do with that. Also, although I have small hands, the fat bound necks just feel so good. The frets were fairly well done right out of the box, but a little attention to getting them level resulted in a noticeable improvement. The main thing was recutting the nut to get proper string height. Both of them have Sperzel Tuners and the electronic parts (switches, pots) have been replaced. One has two Smits classic humbuckers, which are low output PAF clones (I have a real one so I know what they sound like). The other one has the pickups from a Fender Roadhouse Strat, which I thought sounded rather generic at first, but I've warmed up to them. Since I've got them, they've been my main gigging guitars, I'll add another guitar to the rotation every once in a while, but I seem to always come back to these two. Every guitar player has a sound of their own that makes it possible to identify them. For some reason, I hear that more in my own playing with these two. I remember doing a show at a local college, backing up a female singer, using these two guitars. And a couple of kids came up after we finished and asked me why I played such "cheap" guitars. I replied something to the effect of "Why? Do they sound cheap to you?" They both kind of shuffled around and said: "No".