I looked at used mexican strats, and cheap beginner packs. I chose it because it was simple and versatile. I might buy it again if it were lost or stolen.
My favorite thing is the neck. I want some hotter pickups, but otherwise great.very good intermediate guitar for the price.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $225.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Store
U.S. made, bolt-on maple neck w/rosewood fretboard,24 frets, humbucker in bridge and neck single coil in middle
Very good neck, so-so compared with other guitars, very easy to play, good for beginners
Very versatile sound. could use better pickups. great for the price.
Never played it live. Needs occasional adjusting.
Fares great in cliamate changes. I live in pennsylvania where the weather changes constantly and never goes out of tune.
It's not a vintage Gibson or Strat, but it's mine and it's paid for!
Price: $500.00 CAN
Where Obtained: MusicStop Halifax
Nice enough axe, for a recreational basement player.
My only beef is the floating bridge Floyd Rose Tremelo system...Works good and keeps its tune good, but what a b---- to restring and tune in...I'm guessing its the same with all floating bridge systems.
Another downfall of the FR whammy is the locking nut.
Necessary, but can be very uncomfortable aginst your left index finger...
This guitar is built bottom up as a no-frills rocker. You can replace the pickups and install and floyd rose to make it a genuine metal machine, but its pretty good on its own. The low price and ease of use is easy on the begginer, but its decent tone and good constuction make it a keeper.
Price: $240.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Victors House of Music
Bare bones features, but still nice. HSH setup, a normal tremolo, maple fingerboard and Wizard II shaped neck.
This guitar has great action like a metal guitar should. The maple fingerboard is really fast, and the guitar is also really light.
The powersound humbuckers are standard, nothing special. The single coil is really noisy, but thats ok. The tone control is almost useless, because whenver you set it to anything but High, the guitar sounds muddy and distusting. The bridge pickup is nice and bright, the neck pickup is a little too deep and bass heavy, but the middle pickup has a nice clean tone.
I dropeed it many times, the finish took some damage, but the guitar is pretty strong.