Purchased in 2009/9. it was cheaper than the regular price/internet and
I bought it that day without hesitation because I like Leccoli.
It is now a key part of my recordings and is easy to use.
I've never played a good priced Strat, so I don't know, but it's a great all-around guitar. I use the rear and front half a lot, which is good for this price range.
3 HOT SC STRATRw/Alnico 3 Magnets and Revers Wound/Revers Polarity Middle