Submitted January 9, 2019 by James Foster in Lombard, IL
zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I really wanted to check out this guitar after reading about the features and seeing reviews. I was originally going to buy the 3 color sunburst, but when I saw the plus top at the same price, I went for it. The aged cherry is really cool. Aesthetically, it is a beautiful instrument, from the stunning finish to the quality hardware, pick guard,etc.. This guitar has a very comfortable neck that is extremely easy to play. I'm used to a v-shaped neck profile, so the c shape of this one took a few minutes to get used to. Now I can't put it down.This is a 22 fret guitar, one more than the previous standard model, which is really nice.The trem was set up nice right out of the box. It stays in tune remarkably well, even when subjected to some pretty exaggerated string bends. Sound-wise, I am pleased. Great clean tones with that characteristic voice that is the reason to play a strat. Overdriven tones are awesome as well. This is wired so one tone control is assigned to the bridge pickup, which is a change in design. I have read these pickups are supposed to be slightly different from the ones in the standard. I don't hear a drastic difference from most strats, which I consider to be a good thing. The 5 position switch feels pretty smooth & sturdy, providing a smorgasbord of delicious tone possibilities. Overall, this is very handsome guitar that plays and feels great, delivering that classic tone we all grew up trying to capture. This instrument comes without a case or gig bag. If that is important to you, it is a consideration. Personally, I've already got too many cases & bags. The way I see it, this is a very affordable guitar considering the quality and features.They could include a gig bag and probably round up the price to cover it, or sell it without one so you can get a hardshell case if you prefer for not much more than a good gig bag. Anyway, that's just my opinion. If you're looking for a stratocaster, I highly recommend one of these. Do your research, though, because there are many configurations available in the player line, and they're all reasonably priced.
I have played 50 years. I have played club and various gigs throughout my adult life.
Blues, rock, etc...
11 of 12 people (92%) people found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!