Submitted January 11, 2010 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Possibly the best value in guitars, high quality, low price, great sound, extremely versitile."
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Again, I am giving it an eight taking all things into account. If you are looking for a great sounding guitar, this is a 10. If you are looking for a great VALUE in a guitar, this is an 11. However, this guitar is not sexy, and while it sounds great, it can't do everything. Personally, I would say this is a primo beginner guitar, and great for blues, hard rock, surf, and clean jangley sounds. It is not for metal or driving sustain. It is not for jazz (especially with that trem). Staggered pickups have their own flavor that is not for everyone or all types of music. Still, one of the most versitile and great-sounding guitars of all time. Look up a list of artists who use a strat on wikipedia, and see if any of those sounds appeal to you. It's a tremedous variety of really great guitar players and sounds. It's a good guitar to think about whether it is primary or secondary.
This MIM strat is an excellent instrument sonically. I was actually surprised by how hot these single coil Fender pickups are and the variety of sounds you can get out of them. The super bright surf or twangy country is a little out of its range. Also, you can't exactly get the sustain and drive of a humbucker. Still, it is damn close on everything in the middle. A lot of drive and sustain and a very bright clean sound. Almost perfect for crunchy, driving rock and blues sounds. Versatile as well.
The features of this guitar are mostly great. The tone and volume knobs are first rate. The switchable pickup configurations make an excellent variety of sounds. I am basically knocking off two points for the tremelo. It looks to be a Floyd Rose trem. If you have any ear, or if you have to play in a group, a Floyd Rose trem is a big liability. It is EXTREMELY HARD to keep this thing in turn. It should be a locking trem, or a Bigsby. The good news is that if you just play lead solos, it won't matter much. It's not really a positive feature to me though. Mine is locked down with Loc-tite glue.
Ease of Use
Ummm... if you can play a guitar, you can play this guitar. Neck is slim, which I like because I have stubby fingers. Other than that, it is a guitar, and you play it.
I have no beef with the materials or assembly of this guitar. It is 'hecho en mexico,' so a lot of people won't touch it. It is a good quality guitar. I can't compare it to an American Standard Strat. I've never played one. This guitar, standing on its own merits, is still a high quality instrument for what you pay.
This, to me, is the biggest selling point of this guitar. This is a guitar that you can pick up when you first start playing (if you know you will be serious about it), and still use even if you become the next Fruschente. Of course, if you have money, you will probably buy a vintage american strat (like Fruschente), but most listeners won't be able to hear (or see) the difference. (Again, I have never played a vintage strat, so take that with a grain of salt.) Most important point being that this is probably the best value in a guitar that I can even think of.
Did not use. Giving them benefit of the doubt.
The Wow Factor
This is not a guitar people will envy you for having. This is not a classic. This is not a hot looking guitar. Probably, most people who see you playing this guitar will not even see the guitar. Desirability and sexiness are very low. In all likelihood, this will just register in people's minds as a 'generic electric guitar.'
Rock, Alternative, Jazz, Hard Rock
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