Well, after much delay, my Vintera 70’s strat (second one due to the first having a bad truss rod) finally was delivered. I have spent the last two days working on it to get it into gigable shape. The ash body isn’t as nice as the one I sent back. There is a couple of dark spots in the wood that you can see in the photos. There was some overspray on the Pau Ferro fretboard at the sixth fret, which I removed with some micro mesh. There were 4 holes for the back plate that were stripped. I added some really soft, tiny pieces of dowel, and that seemed to fix it. That is all that wasn’t up to snuff on this guitar, and I must say that every Mexican Fender I’ve had has had problems with stripped holes in the wood. So I’m that respect, this one was A-OK. First thing I did when I got this guitar was check the truss rod. All was well with nine gauge strings on it. So I put a set of 10’s on it, and adjusted the neck. I wound up with .007 relief, and with the saddles set at 5/64, there was no buzzing, and I was able to bend a whole step without choking out. So how does it compare to my ‘79? Well, the nut is just a little bit wider on the Vintera by about a half mm. The ‘79 has a 42mm nut, and the Vintera is just a smidge wider. The neck on the Vintera is a little bit beefier at the first fret and feels the same depth wise once you get higher up the neck. The ‘79 has a U shaped neck that seems a little thinner width wise than the Vintera. The Vintera seems a little beefier over all. Weight...the Vintera weighs in at about 8 lbs and the ‘79 weighs in at close to 10. The body of the Vintera has the same forearm cut (which is less than most other strats, almost non existent) and feels pretty much the same , as the ‘79. Both bodies are one piece ash. Pickups: I adjusted the pickups on the Vintera to the same height as the ‘79. The bridge pickups sound the same on both. The middle and neck pickups on the Vintera Sound a little fuller. The 2 and 4 positions sound similar, with the Vintera sounding a little Fuller on position 4. The pickups on both have flat pole pieces. No stagger. Both guitars are vintage spaced with the E strings being really close to the edge. Frets are the same size in both. Really tiny. The frets were level on the new guitar. I think I will keep this one.