I shopped around for this model for a long time. I knew what I wanted but had to find the right one. I think I was handsomly rewarded. I know this one is a "keeper". I can't wait to experiment with all it's sonic capabilities i.e. block the whammy bar, different pickups etc.
Model Year: 2007
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Buffalo Brothers (Carlsbad)
Basic strat features (stock) with a 3 way switch (which I will be trading for the 5 way). Nice soft "V" nech (barely noticable).
This guitar fits me like a glove. I tried several of the same model and finally picked the one I have. I'm very picky about how a guitar feels in your hands. This one fit the bill. The gloss maple neck was a little hard to get use to at first but after a week of playing on it... it feels just fine.
I mostly bought this guitar for the feel. I'm happy with the pickups and sound (I get a lot of compliments on how it sounds) but I may be changing them out just to see what the guitar can do. There is no reason to, it's just that I can't seem to leave good enough alone, lol.
For the last 3 months this has been my "go to" guitar. Hours of practice at home and with my drummer in a practice room. Everything seems to be put together quite well. No whammy bar problems like throwing it out of tune etc. I hope to have this one for a long time.
I actually bought this guitar to give to my daughter when she got older because it was made the year she was born. I was going to have it set up and then put it away in a closet for the next 10 years until she was older, but after playing it a couple of times, I decided to "borrow" it and play it until either I get another one or until I give it to her. I would definately buy another one if it were lost or stolen. I am actually thinking about buying another one for myself.
Model Year: 2005
Where Obtained: Ebay
This is an American made Fender Stratocaster. It has a contoured alder body. This one has the Ocean Turquoise finish. It has a one-piece maple "V" shape neck with a maple fretboard with a 7.25" radius. The fretboard has 21 frets. It has your standard 3 control knobs, master volume and two tone knobs. It has a 3 way pickup selector which enables you to select between the three American Vintage Strat Single-Coil Pickups. The finish is Nitrocellulose Lacquer. It has a American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Ash Tray Bridge Cover.
This guitar plays beautifully. The maple neck plays extremely fast and is perfect for blues bends. The "V" shape neck was an adjustment at first, but after a while it was very comfortable to play. It was also set up very well, but I assume the person who had it before me had it set up after he bought it.
The sound from this guitar is very good. I use this guitar with several different amps and effects depending on what type of music I am playing. I mostly play blues and this guitar is perfect for that style of playing. The only thing I think I would change is to put a 5-way selector switch in it so that there are more pickup selections. The pickups are a little noisy, but that is what can you expect from single coils.
So far it has not had any problems. I don't think the nitro finish will withstand me playing it too much as it is a very thin finish. I have yet to have it adjusted because I feel no need to adjust it yet.