I've been wanting a "high performance Strat" for awhile, and I finally located one of these locally to try, and I ended up grabbing it. It's basically the poor man's EJ Strat--fat neck, big frets, warmer pickups, 12" fretboard radius.
The KWS is made in Mexico and has a poly finish rather than the nitro on the EJ. It also has solid steel saddles, which KWS favors, and his sig pickups. These are fairly low output, but voiced very warm. You can actually play through the bridge pickup by itself and get a huge tone, which is unusual for Strats. These pickups are better for lead tones than they are for jangly stuff or skritchy funk parts. The frets are full 6100s, and seem even bigger and taller than the ones on the EJ.
One reason I went for this over a used G&L Legacy for roughly the same price is that I like to park the bridge on the deck so that I don't have to deal with the tuning fun of a fully floating bridge. You can't do that with the G&L trem. Also, I can experiment around with different Strat bridges on this one, if I want. There's a good chance I'll end up going with a Wilkinson or Callaham bridge with bent-steel saddles. To me, that's a little more the classic Strat sound than solid steel. Since I haven't changed the old factory strings and done a setup yet, I can't evaluate the pickups right now. The PUs are screwed down very low, which was the case on both KWS's that the store had, so maybe that's his thing. I'll need to experiment with pickup heights to see what I think. I'll probably go for something a bit brighter.
I was also prepared to hate the mint-green pickguard, but it looks pretty subtle and cool, actually. I may end up going with a creme-colored replacement, but it's not necessary.
Anyway, to the pictures:
Hah. Glad your Strat GAS came to fruition, and holy shit these have 6100s?