Submitted May 22, 2018 by Paul Cutrona in Winchester, VA
"Not for everyone"
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zZounds is awesome. that out of the way, let's talk about this guitar.You will either really love it, or really hate it. There is no in-between, read on. First, it is a mexican standard strat, with a couple changes structurally and electronically - compound radius, SD pickups, floyd setup. The good: It's got a lot going for it, for the money. IF you are the type of person that will buy a standard guitar and upgrade everything, then great! But. I have an SD rails in my deluxe strat, bridge, and it sounds great. I have tried an SD jb jr in another guitar, in the bridge and have tried the neck, and it sounds great. IN THIS GUITAR... having an SD rails in the neck, and the SD jb jr in the middle, absolutely does not work. The jb is anemic and almost lifeless in the middle, and the #2 and #4 position do nothing in terms of stratiness. there is no stratiness. The rails in the neck is mud, and lifeless. Just a bad combo. The bridge rails sounds fine - can do metal, heavy rock, all the usual stuff you would want this guitar for. I spent a lot of time adjusting pickup height, angle, etc - nope. Okay, so on to the rest - the floyd. It's a non-floating floyd, meaning there is no pull back to raise the pitch. It's fine if you want that., And because of that, the d-tuna works well on this guitar; I tried it. But since it will not pull back, then I'd say a standard 2-point fender bridge actually works better - more sensitive and workable, and I do NOT go out of tune with a standard 2-point fender bridge. So that means the floyd-setup and the locking nut are not worth the money or time, unless you MUSt have the d-tuna installed. The neck. it's a compound radius, from 9.5 I think to a 14. Fine - but because there is a floyd involved, you will never get the action low enough that warrants a 14, since you would not fret-out with a 9.5 or a 12 (like a deluxe strat) anyway. I've been able to get much better action out of a 9.5 or a 12 and NOT fret-bottom-out ever when bending strings, and I BEND the snot out of them, Gilmour-esque bends. This leaves me with the general thought that, a standard strat or a deluxe (roadhouse anyone?) will play, setup better, and for 85ish you can replace the bridge pickup with a rails and get all the meat, and then also all the stratness, you could ever want, and have a much more playable and versatile guitar. the ONLY thing about this guitar that made sense was the addition of the micro-tilt neck. You NEED it with the guitar, to get the action reasonably low. SO. I am not a fan. But I am a "fender" fan and also an Iron maiden fan. but this guitar was a fail for so many reasons. I sent it back. IF.. you love it, then you love it. I didnt.
steady gigging for 30+ years
Rock, pop, blues, metal, country
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