One day I was looking for an electric guitar to get started with. I was looking at an Ibanez SA160QM but the local shop (Mike's Music) didn't have that brand really. He said, "Imma go look for something similar to that for ya though." So he sat on the computer for no less than 15 minutes while I looked around. He waltzed up to me and told me to try 'this one' out. I heard it's wonderous sound and had them fine tune it for me and get all the nicks out, (It's a used one by the way) and I was on my way. paid 175.00USD plus the gear. A total of 375.00USD.
What i love about this one is the kind of great tone you get. The 3 alnico single-coil pickups are really what make it scream.
For all those who like the famous people playing the same guitar you do, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Motley Crue all used the Stratocaster.
There are a few flaws that are there because i bought it used. First one of the the rear pickup screws are missing the spring to huld that pickup in place so it's a bit loose. The Floyd Rose on it really makes the tuning part really hard, especially being prone to breaking strings. Oterwise there really isn't much else to badmouth it about.
The Shoreline Rosewood Gold fretboard is good for very fast players. The body is beautifully finished. Then the tuners aren't too bad but tend to lose the tune just a hair. but the Floyd Rose is the hardest part to get around.
Overall this is a mighty fine guitar for the price I paid. It's holding up great after a good year for me (plus how many the previous owner had it). I would reccomend it to everyone.