I usually don't post NGD stuff on forums, but I thought I would post this one because I couldn't find too much info on these (at least not recently) a few threads back in 2012-14 when they were out but not much more. I ended up trading a PRS McCarty for it. I was a little hesitant at first because retail, it's not even close. Core PRS are generally ~4.4k CAD and best I can tell, these went for about 2-2.2k CAD when new. They seem to be holding value well though on the used market and many sold on reverb for over 2k recently, which is a little more than I paid for the McCarty. Based on what I paid for my McCarty, I don't think I'd lose any money should I decide to not keep the strat. I'm not much of a strat player, can't really get them to sound as good as others can. I've been looking for a while for something that will get me a quality strat that I'll keep. I hope this will be the one, it's the nicest/most expensive start I've owned so far. I had recently rented an american professional for a month, and although the guitar was nice, I wasn't crazy about the pickups. I could have seen myself pick one up and swap the pickups though if I had found the right deal, but this came up instead. The flame on the neck is crazy though on this one. Almost to the point that it's distracting while playing, but I'm sure I'll get used to it with time.