This is one of the nicest-sounding and playing Stratocaster knock-offs I've had my hands on in a while... tone is super, clean, sparkling, etc. -- just what you're looking for. -- and 100x better than a modern-day Squier knock-off It's got a 50s-style 3-way pickup selector, a funky top-load, 3-barrel brass-saddle tailpiece that's nicely grungy, replacement sealed tuners, and a one-piece maple neck with black dots. Add in the fun three-tone sunburst that's curiously close to the edges, and a lightweight solid (rather than lam) body... and you've got a pretty good sleeper.
A little searching brought up references to these being sold through the Sears catalog in the mid/late 1970s, and that's about the "tech level" that I'd place this fella at. It looks about that era. These were either built in Japan or Korea.
Typical Strat-ish setup -- three single coils, two tone, one volume, top-load jack.
With big CBS style headstock.
Gotta love the grungy bridge with the home-remedy style adjuster screws.
Hardware has aged nicely.
Replacement Schaller tuners.
Basically plays and sounds like an old 70s Fender... but lighter in weight and a little "older" feel in terms of no whammy bar and no 5-way switch.