Pics first: For a little while, I have been getting less and less interested in heavy music and metal as a whole. One could say I am becoming a guitar dad. Therefore, my high output HB equipped guitars were just not cutting it anymore. That being said, I didn't want something too vintage, as I became accustomed to some modern appointments I was not willing to let go of: SS frets, comfortable heel, locking tuners. For a while I was considering an AZ 2204, when I stumbled upon this beauty for a great price. It checked all my boxes, so I took it home. Fit and finish: it's EBMM, so everything is near perfect. I have not spotted a single flaw that would be attributed to the factory. Good job Ernie. Neck: the neck is a soft V on the first frets going on a C further up the neck. Even if more vintage in shape and thickness, it feels really similar to other EBMM necks, mainly in that it is narrow and comfortable to play. The finish is not the usual gunstock wax but some sort of satin finish (poly maybe?). Smooth to the touch, but feels less "raw", much to the pleasure of a certain British chef. As you would expect, the medium SS frets are mirror finished and dressed to perfection. The neck joint is simple but very well thought out. It is sculpted in a way that fits exactly the shape of your palm when playing. I can't think of any other guitars with such a natural feeling heel. Bridge: This is the same old Music Man trem system. Simple yet very stable and does it's intended job well without the guitar going out of tune. The rounded metal makes for a "non-poky" kind of experience. Pickups: what you would expect from an SSS guitar, but a bit more tame in the high end and more importantly, silent. Nothing too special or out of the ordinary otherwise, it sounds like a strat. This turned out to be exactly what I wanted: a classic looking and sounding Strat, but with a few "modern" features. If you are looking for this sort of thing, you should try one of these out if you get the chance.