I started playing guitar in 1991 on a friends mim stratocaster. My family wasn't that well off so when christmas came around; they did the best they could and got me a used b.c rich (and I was happy to have my 1st guitar). Ever since, I have always wanted a legit strat but could not afford one because I've always had responsibilities and people to take care of first. Never owned more than one guitar at once. I've owned several squires in the past and have always loved how easy the strat design is to setup and maintain. I've never even purchased a guitar brand new (because of the compromises you have to make compared to a used guitar of the same price). Well I finally completed my 29 year journey (pathetic, I know) to get an actual legit fender strat. Brand new too! It's a plus top in tobacco sunburst and Pau Ferro fingerboard (i know what your thinking). I am actually quite happy with the fingerboard and think the grain is gorgeous on this particular guitar (it looks like brush strokes). All and all, I am very happy with my purchase and, after a good setup, the action is surprisingly low and free of fret buzz. Only thing I am fighting is the ring out between the nut and the tuner posts (stops as soon as I touch the string above the nut). I figure its probably a bad break angle cut into the nut from the factory. I will say I had to buy a gig bag for the time being because of finances. I went with the "fender electric guitar" bag (with the red logo on the corner). It is the flimsiest gig bag I have ever gotten and don't think it has any padding or foam in it at all. Just the nylon mesh outer. I only got the bag for transport so it'll work; but most of the generic gig bags I have gotten in the past had tons of padding and storage options. Not a big gripe. Since there are so many differing opinions on P.F. fretboards; let me know what you think of this one (it's cool to say you think it is ugly as hell, I can take it). Hopefully I will have this guitar until my fingers are no longer able to travel up and down it's beautiful neck. I think I will call her "Clementine". If you are still reading, thanks for taking the time!