Submitted December 15, 2013 by Dan P in Cottleville, MO
"What an Excellent Playing Guitar.."
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Purchased the Stratocaster from ZZounds on a Wednesday and received by FEDEX on Saturday.. Quality was perfect. No Problems anywhere. Not sure how long this set on the shelf but the strings were really Flat, but a quick change and now the sound is very bright when wanted, gritty and nasty when needed. My primary Players are Gibson's between an ES335 and LP Standards. The addition of a Stratocaster fills in perfect... I play through a Bluesbreaker, with the Stratocaster I feel play better in my Old Silver face Bandmaster..
Great Guitar, Great Quality, Great Sound..
Very Balanced between the three pickups. Very Versatile, can get any sound I desire..
Like the Floating Tailpiece, never use the Tremolo Arm. I like the Gloss and rounded edges on the neck. Very Comfortable to play..
My other two came with the new SKB TSA Case. This one came with the Traditional Hard shell Case. By Far my Favorite Case. The SKB might provide better protection but I just like the Traditional. Not sure if there would be any cost difference or even when Fender decided to change back? If it was Tweed would have made me any happier..
Ease of Use
Plug and Play. Stratocasters are the easiest to pick up and play with no difficult set up. I like the options to interchange necks if damaged. Almost like an assembly Line Guitar..
Came with a bag full of Case Candy, 10 foot Cord, Two Allen wrenches, Cleaning Cloth, Fender Logo Strap, Fender Decal and Tremolo Arm.
The 3 Color Burst I received was beautiful. Excellent Quality Guitar.. I am very Picky when it comes money spent and products received. Since the Guitar came with Custom Shop 50's Pickups and the Pickup Covers came aged. The Tremolo Arm came with two tips. An Aged and Bright white one..
I think the Price went up a few years ago. I think the cost should or could be a bit less. But the Guitar quality does warrant the price as is.. I think with cash I could have gotten it cheaper at a local Chain Music Store, but I am satisfied with the service I have always gotten from zZounds..
I have only had one situation where I had to use Fender Service. I have a Fender Bandmaster Silver Face that I changed out the Red Indicator Light with a Blue One.. (It was in 1969 more mellow). The nut on the back of the light worked its way loose and traveled down the wires to the Output Transformer causing the Transformer to short out and catch fire. also same time the two Speakers Blew. The Dealer took in the Amplifier repaired everything making the Bandmaster look brand new. Took 2 Months to repair. The whole time the dealer gave me a Showman to use the entire time..
The Wow Factor
This is my third Fender Standard, I have an Artic White, Jade Pearl and this 3 Color Burst. all look and plays great. The Jade Pearl is my favorite out of the three. Can't pin point why just feels better. But I am very happy with this 3 Color Burst.
Been Playing for 50 Years, Lead Guitar....
Blues and Classic Rock..
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