Actually Sweetwater had more than one of the Blue VM 70's strat. I pulled the trigger on one of the demos. The grain was kind of light looking, but was better than the other one they have. The price was right at $269.00 shipped. If I don't like it I will send it back and pick from a new one. This is my first Squier. So, if it isn't very good for a veteran player, I will give it to my grandson. If it is nice I will keep it and order another one for my son. This is the test guitar. If it is good, here are other Squiers that I am curious about.