I'm a maple fretboard guy really. But I used to have one of these in Ice Blue Metallic. Sold it and realised it was the best rosewood necked Strat I'd ever played. Hankered for another ever since, bought a white one a couple of years ago, but it didn't have the magic. This one is a little tinkered with, re-radiused to 10" and refretted but by a very reputable company. Electrics tinkered with too, original pickups but the 1st tone is a universal tone and the 2nd tone is a blend knob to bring in the neck pickup. Bottom line - it's a killer guitar.