Sound — 9
I play classic rock and blues and this guitar is perfect. I play it through a Mesa/Boogie Mark IV and a Vox tonelab SE. Since the pickups are noiseless, there is no extra noise. The variety of sounds is unbelievable. The S1 switching system is fun, but it's only noticeable on the neck pick up, but it just makes the neck pickup sound like the neck pickup.
Overall Impression — 10
It's an american deluxe, what more is there that you can ask for?
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar was made to withstand anything for a lifetime and more. The finish is beautiful in the three tone sunburst with the maple fret board.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I bought this used from a person rather than a company, but it was basically new since the plastic was still on the pick guard. But it was all great but the strings had never been changed, but other than that, it's perfect.
Features — 10
I just got my 2004 50th anniversary deluxe Strat HSS today. I have to say it is incredible! For the money, I couldn't hae gotten a better deal. This is my first nice guitar and I will this guitar for many years to come.