This is one of my favourite guitars because it feels so good to play. the neck just fills up your hand and the action is set so that it plays like silk. once again, replacing the pickups and shielding the control cavity could do wonders, but aside from that, this is an amazing guitar. if it were lost or stolen, I'd break down and cry, then I'd hunt down the sod who stole it and castrate him and make him watch his sac being eaten by piranhas.
Price: $410.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Zak's Music
Made in Japan, alder body, maple neck, 21 medium frets, 2 tones, 1 volume, S/S/S pickup configuration, stock Fender pickups, 3 tone sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish, double cutaway with body contours, vintage style tremolo, non locking vintage tuners.
Neck is decently fat, but still very comfortable. Neck is extremely stable. action is very easy to set. trem doesn't throw off the tuning. I like jumbo frets better than the medium frets.
The pickups aren't the greatest. I can't really get the sound I want out of them, even after adjusting my effects. It sounds very bright and trebbly. when using the humbucker positions(2 & 4) the sound is much better, but I still can't get a nice sound. all the pickups produce tons of hum...really annoyning. The pickups are the only real problem. I want to replace them with seymour duncan single coil sized humbuckers. the electronics are perfect, but the control cavity could be better shielded.
EXTREMELY Durable. I've dropped it several times, resulting in many scratches and dings and dents, but it still plays like a beauty. I used to live in the middle east(very warm) and now I live in Canada(somewhat cold) and I've never had to adjust the neck in the 5 years that I've had it. you have to watch how you hold the guitar, cuz the strap can slip off.
If this was stolen ,I would for sure go buy the same one Ive been looking at a 335 Gibson for a different world you know over all rating for this Guitar is Great I LOve it!!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Carolina Music
Japan, maple,6 strings,natural finish, string through body,
Action is great,plays great
I use a peavy amp. the sound is full with lots of action,sharp and wet,and can be warm
Relible, I had it 2.5 years and had it adjusted once holding up great
One of my main men in the line up.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $489.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Replica parts from the 60's.
Smooth like any other strat.
Its the best for 60's tunes that we all play from time to time.
Takes alot of beating but dont test it its too precious!
For the price this guitar is a fairly good buy. I replaced the electronics in my sonic blue model and was pretty happy with the result. The biggest plus is the great action -- nearly perfect in my opinion. However, I sold mine and I wouldn't buy this guitar again. For about the same money or a bit more you could buy Carvin's version of the Strat (the "Bolt") and get a ton more guitar with much higher quality build, better features, and playability equal to or better than any Strat I've every owned or played.
Model Year: 1991
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hoover Music in Springfield Mo.
Basic Strat, no bells or whistles
The action was nearly perfect: low at the nut and with just enough dig at the 12th and 14th frets. The vintage-style frets felt great -- they were skinny and tall for good bending and your fingers will not get hung up. For folks wanting big bends, stable whammy, or a shred machine, the vintage radius will probably not be to your liking.
Uninspiring but adequate tone from the cheap pickups. My biggest complaint was with the pickup selector switch which was just horrible and required a lot of manipulation to get good electrical contact.
Except for the electronics, you wouldn't wear the guitar out.
It's a good guitar. But not a great one. I got it
cause it is available in shell pink!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center
It's a strat. What can I tell you. The pickups are
pretty bad, but it looks, feels, and sounds like a
The neck is probably the best feature. Smooth,
big, chunky, fat. Great guitar in this
It has that Stratocaster sound clean, but is quite
lacking with any gain. I've heard much better
Like most Strats, it's a rock. Throwing this thing
out of the back of a truck will make it beg for
more. Try that with my Les Pau