I just received a 2008 Squier Classic Vibe 50's Stratocaster that I won on an ebay bid and it is stellar! The serial number is CGS080400062. The wood grain is tight, the frets are smooth and in great shape, the neck feels really good and seems just a bit thicker than the recent examples I've played in stores. The neck also has some great maple flame in its grain. It is the most solid feeling Squier I have ever played. Is it a general consensus that when they were introducing this line that they were building guitars that rival a Fender? I think this one plays better, looks better and is built better than my previous 1980's E Series MIJ Fender Stratocaster. I'm excited to plug it in!