As a massive fan of Clapton and 50's Strats I was really excited to pick this one up. It's an '04 ST-57TX which means alder body and Texas Specials (soon to be swapped). I've always heard CIJ era guitars were not as good as MIJ era, but the fit and finish on this guitar is second to none. The frets are extremely well dressed, better then on both my MIA Strat and Tele, and the guitar just feels solid as a brick. As an added bonus it has a super flamey and chunky V neck which I love! One question, the strings are much more taught on this guitar then my other Strats. Especially the B and high E strings are very resistant to bending. Is this due to the neck relief (or lack of)?