I used to have an MIJ Strat. My first proper guitar, it was Olympic White with a maple board and it was stolen from our student house about 15 years ago. I replaced it with an Ibanez RG and never looked back.
...until recently, when I decided that I needed that Strat sound again.
My local music shop had a couple of new Road Worn Strats in stock (black and sunburst) and I tried them both out. They felt great and they played great but neither of them felt... special.
Then the shop guys pointed out a second hand guitar they'd just got in a trade-in. I tried it out and it felt "right" so the deal was done :
So apparently it's some sort of 50th Anniversary Strat. A bit of research revealed that it seems to be a 50th Anniversary American Series Strat. They also made a 50th Anniversary Custom Shop model with a cutaway heel, figured maple neck, vintage trem and engraved heelplate, and a 50th Anniversary Special Strat with gold hardware and a vintage trem.
It came with an original hardshell case with all sorts of stuff in it :
For a 6-year-old guitar, it's in great condition. It was new in at the shop, so they hadn't had time to to clean it up properly or tweak the setup. Even so, it was very clean and set up very nicely. I changed the knobs for a spare set I had as the old ones were a bit gunky, restrung it with D'Addario 9-42s and gave a it a good thrashing.
I love how different guitars make you play differently. I played this guitar for an hour without playing any proper single note stuff at all - it just feels so good to knock out chords and riffs through a low gain amp.
When you want to crank things up, the neck is on the big side, even for a Strat neck, but the board is pretty flat (and its edges are beautifully curved) and the frets are pretty big (and very nicely dressed), so big bends aren't a problem.
One thing that I liked, compared to the Road Worn models, is that this one has a tone control that works on the bridge pickup, so you can take the edge off your tone when you want to.
Just have to resist modding this one. For now, at least...