Had this for almost a month and have passed the honeymoon phase. Good news is I still love the guitar. Some pics: I ordered this blind from GC, since I was able to get a decent discount and it would be easy to return if needed. Couldn’t ever find one to try locally, but it did have specs I liked on paper. Out of the box the CAR was just beautiful. What’s under the nitro top coat doesn’t matter to me. I really, really like the look and feel of the finish. Relatively light - haven’t bothered weighing it, but based on an educated guess it’s somewhere in the 7’s. The neck is finely sized for me - I’ve got a mix ranging from modern C’s to Musikraft monsters. This sits in the middle - a fuller C, but nothing that will make me an internet legend. The board edges and frets were rounded nicely. I’m not a big “how’s it sound unplugged” guy, but it’s lively. I wanted an excellent neck pickup and it’s got that. Beautiful, beautiful sounding neck pickup. Pos 2 is also quite nice, and I’m usually not a fan. I like Strat bridge pickups, especially in a band mix and this one doesn’t disappoint me. Having the tone control is a bonus. It’s predictably bright, but capable of plenty of great Rock sounds. Now, the not-as-good stuff. The fretboard was bone dry and kind of chalky at first. Had some gunk on it that needed cleaning. Really took well to an oiling though - it’s nice and dark now. The high E was too close to the fretboard, so I had to adjust the neck to fix that. Too much relief and a turd setup out of the box. Not sure who did it, but the tremolo wasn’t set up well either. That’s been fixed too. Probably the most disappointing thing from a consumer standpoint was the fret-level job, considering this is Fender’s top-of-the-line production guitar. There were a few high frets in between 17 &21 that really impeded the ability to play up the neck without fretting out. Seems pretty ridiculous to let a $2k guitar go out the door like that, but what do I know. Since I like how it sounds and looks so much, I just decided to keep the guitar and do a level and crown. Did that yesterday and it didn’t take much effort to get it right. I’m happy to report that it rings out perfectly now. Anyway, glad I picked this model. I’m pretty easy-going and work on my own guitars, so while the setup issues were mildly annoying, they haven’t kept me from loving an otherwise excellent instrument.