This guitar provides an inexpensive way for a beginner to get started. And if they find out that they're not really into playing, well they didn't invest much to discover that .
Model Year: 2006
Price: $188.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam's Club
Fender Starcaster, same as above rating. Standard looking Strat body, bolt-on Maple neck, but the headstock is somewhat pointed rather then having the usual scallop design used on Stratocasters.
Mine is solid black in color with a 3 ply white pick-guard. 3 pick-ups: S/S/S.
The $188 price included a 10W amp (Fender SP-10), gig bag, strap, picks, and an instructional DVD. It is a cheap guitar, but not a bad value for a beginner as it includes everything you need to get started.
I should note that I recently saw the Fender Starcaster guitar pack for sale at Target and that model did have the usual Strat scalloped headstock.
The action is good if it is set-up properly.
You can feel some slight edges from the frets as you move your hand up and down the neck. But they aren't sharp and don't catch your skin.
Sound is OK. Could definitely use better pick-ups though.
Probably not a good choice for live playing.
It does stay in tune fairly well. Hardware is holding up well after 2 years.
Crappy, ugly, but stays in tune.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $210.00 (new)
Where Obtained: costco.com
China-made, plywood body, maple bolt-on neck... CHEAP. 6 string, 21 fret, 5-way pickup selector, s/s/s pickups, sunburst, double cutaway, floating tremello bridge.
The bridge pickup does't work.
Cheap amp, 10 watt. good for practice, nothing else. sounds okay clean, but i never play clean, never, never, never. i would change out one of the pickups to a humbucker, or just change to an Ibanez or Washburn.