Of my 3 stratocasters, this one is the most solid. I also own a 2006 60th anniversary Strat Deluxe "V" neck and a completely modded out mexican strat (american vintage noiseless pu's, vintage bridge and tuners & custom wiring). I also have 3 high end Ibanez's and some Jacksons. This 2002 Strat Deluxe is my daily workhorse and my main stage guitar. The only issue I have with the 60th anniversary is the S-1 switching with the SCN pickups. It will be hard pressed to pry this guitar out of my rigor mortis laden hands the day I die. I know most people rate equipment they own high, but if you look at the reviews of the gear I have done and own, im not easy at all to give such high regards, so, take this 5 star review serious.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Private Seller
2002 American Strat Deluxe, Candy Tangerine w/ Rosewood Board on Maple neck. Alder body with Stock Alnico 5 Vintage Noiseless pickups, single/single/single. Fender Locking tuners, 3-ply Mint Green guard, 2 point tremelo. Made in the Good ole' USA.
I have done a few different setups on this guitar in the time I have owned it. It takes extremely well to changes. Just for craps and giggles I went to see how low I could throw the action with no buzz... the answer is - low enough that it was hard to play. Ive not had to adjust the truss rod at any time. Once set up, ive never had to readjust the trem springs. The only time that I can acheive knocking it out of tune, is when I pull out the 2mm dunlop pick and really abuse the strings.
I run thru a Mesa Nomad 100 2x12 combo with either a line6 xtLive or a pedalboard with a Boss DS-1(buffer), Dunlop GCB-95F Classic wah, Ernie Ball Volume, Morley Bad Horsie II Wah, MXR Phase 90 EVH Signature, Visual Sound H2O (chorus/echo) and ISP Decimator Gate. The guitar is quiet enough that the gate is useless. It is easy to get the tone from chunky to twangy with nothing more than flipping the 5 way switch. I plan on keeping it 100% stock.
I play it on stage at least 1 time a week and use it for my personal practice daily and its never needed any adjustment. Truss rod, intonation, tremelo springs and hardware screws have needed no adjustment at all.
If this guitar was lost or stolen, I would go out and buy another exact model as I have now. I looked at all the major brands in the $2500 - $4000 mark and this guitar jumped out and won the test race by miles. It may cost more than a Highway 1 model, but its worth the money.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $2650.00 AUS (new)
Where Obtained: Shire Music at Miranda
Made in the USA, Premium Ash body with a Aged Cherry Burst Finish (Polyurethane) and Rosewood neck with a 9.5" radius and modern "C" shape. 22 Medium Jumbo Frets, S1 Switching, Locking Tuning Machines Heads. Has 3 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Pickups made by Fender in S/S/S configuration. Bridge is a Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Pop in Arm. 4-Ply White Pearloid Pick Guard, Aged Plastic Parts, Abalone Dot Position Inlays, Highly Detailed Fret and Nut Work all make this guitar a wonder to look at and a magic guitar to play.
With the help of a string height guide from Stewart McDonald I have managed to get the action as low as possible for lead and then a little higher for rhythm no matter what gauge of strings are used. The neck is a standard size and shape so I knew what it would feel like, however the fret detailing makes it a bit better. The only drawback I can see is the fact the bridge comes off the 2 posts when you have removed all the strings prior to re-stringing (but a piece of masking tape fixes this).
I use a Boss ME-50 effects unit, a Fender Blues Junior 15 watt Tube amp, a Marshall JCM2000 DSL 100 head and 2 1960A Quad Boxes. I play blues, rock, jazz and a bit of new age on my guitar and equipment and it all sounds good. The SCN Pickups are the quietest pups I have tried to date and this is coming from a big Kinman and Alnico fan. I record on a ZOOM MRS1602 and it is great plugged straight in or miked.
This is my 6th Strat and I think this will last me about 20 years or more before I think about a serious service. I have had no problems with this guitar in the 8 months or so I have owned it.
The guitar I finally settled on was the third strat that the store let me take home. The first two American Deluxe guitars I tried would not stay in tune. The store could not get them to stay in tune either. I never got an explanation. I would replace this guitar because I really like the sounds I get. I would move the volume control and pickup switch a little if I could customize it
Model Year: 2005
Price: $1000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Trader San Diego, CA
This US made Strat has an alder body with a maple V-neck. Noiseless pickups, S-1 switching and locking tuners.
The guitar came set up from the factory very playable. I do intend to lower the action a bit. I don't see an advantage to the V-neck nor a disadvantage. Sometimes I accidentally hit the pickup switch and the volume control when I play. I don't really know if this my poor tecnique, my hand size or bad control placement.
I have wanted a strat for a long time and this is the first stat that I've tried that does not make noise. The sound is excellent and versatile. Could be used for many styles.
Durability is good so far but I have only had it for a few months.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $999.00 (new)
Where Obtained: LaVonne's Music
Quality guitar with many different tone options from a nice fat jazz tone all the way to a real thin treble tone.
Plays extremely well for my liking, has a nice fast neck, I believe it has alot better neck than a Gibson.
I play through a Peavey Delta Blues which has extremely good tone, and I have not had the chance yet to play through another amp. I play mostly Blues, Jazz, and Classic Rock. This guitar would be well suited for pretty much any type of music except for metal.
It is very reliable, I have had it for 2 months and the only things i have had to chang so far is the tension springs in the back due to putting on a higher gauge of strings.
If this guitar was stolen I'd buy a Custom Shop Strat.
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made in USA - Maple neck with Natural Ash Body. 5 way switch and Delta Tone controls S/S/S Pickups
No Flaws on this one. I blocked and lcoked the trem and giver her a fresh setup with 9s and she plays like butter without buzzing.
Good tone with all my amps.
Perfect for Blues and Classic Rock
This ash bodied strat is brighter than the other strats I've played in the past. I may rerplace the stock pickups with custom shop Vintage '69's
Rock steady tuning and great tone makes this a great stage axe. All the hardware is fine after 6 years.
Wonderful guitar for a wonderful buy. I especially like the locking tuners which make it very easy to restring and tune up. Wonderful guitar for the wonderful guitar era!!! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Heartland Guitar
I love this guitar!!!!!! This is an excellent guitar for any style. I use it for Rock, Blues, and Jazz all the time!!!!
Great colors, good sound, excellent playability for anybody!!
Easy to play, a must buy for any serious guitarist.
Good sound quality, I don't really enjoy the noisless pickups too much though, so I am going to put in some Texas Special!!! :)
Hold ups pretty damn well!!!!!!!
I looked at Gibsons and other Fenders, but this one really stuck out. It incorporates the sustain of a gibson with the vintage sound and playability of a fender. It's a great guitar all around.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1750.00 cdn (new)
Where Obtained: guitarworks
U.S. Deluxe with maple fretboard and alder body(3-colour sunburst). Has "vintage noiseless pickups", locking tuning machines, 2-point deluxe tremolo, pop-in tremolo arm, fast action neck shape, and about a hundred other things I like.
An amazing guitar. Has made playing much easier compared to my Mexican strat. By far the best guitar I've ever played.
The sound is VERY rich for the low end, and the mids and highs are quite sharp. The overall sound is "precise". The perfect guitar for any recording or live playing.
Tuning is rarely needed on this guitar since the locking tuners and tremolo don't lose tension on the strings. The only time you need to tune is when there's a significant change in temp.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician Friend
Made In the good old USA. I got the fat strat with the humbucker in the bridge position. This thing smokes. Locking Tuners etc. You can look it up at musician friend for detail. I'm just gonna say get thee to a guitar shop stat to try one of these babies out. It is sweet. Hardly ever goes out of tune. No major adjsutments needed yet. I got it scratch n dent the price is normally 1100 or so, but the only scratch was on the case!
Plays very well. Neck is fat but its what you get used to.
Growls like a mutha. If you want that tough blues sound this is the only way to go. No Mods at this point though Duncan pickups are always a possibility. Noiseless pickups are a major improvement over a standard strat
Hardly any adjustments needed. Hardly needs tuned. Rarely breaks a string. However, its only 6 months old.
This is with a doubt the best guitar I've owned yet. Although I would eventually like to get a really nice Les Paul or a Hammer guitar, I'm content with what I have.The only thing I don't like about it is that the sound switches are right under the strings sometimes when I get carried away I'll hit it by accident.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1050.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Fuller's Music
This guitar was made in the U.S. It is teal green transparent, with a maple neck. This guitar is a 6 string with 22 frets, it has a volume controll and 2 tone controls with 5 different sound settings. It also has locking tuners.
This guitar is brand new, I just got it about 8 months ago. The neck is supper smooth it alows me to play really fast compared to a Ibanez i used to have. It's pretty much flawless it sounds awesome and plays great.
I play this guitar on a small 25 watt Marshall amp. I really don't play it on anything big. I use headphones most of the time. You can pretty much play what ever you want on this guitar whether it be metal blues or some Hendrix. I love this guitar because it is so versital the Ibanez I had didn't have a good blue's sound like this on does.
I have had this guitar for close to a year now and i rarely have had to adjust anything on it. I'm not to sure about the climate changes just yet.
About the only thing that could be better is the pickups don't have alot of output for heavy metal. Then again, if you want more output, just change the pickups. I would definetely buy another one, and my favorite thing about this guitar is the maple neck/fretboard, and the way your fingers can FLY over the neck of this baby!
IF it were ever stolen, I'd hunt the person down until I found it, then after I put the guitar safely away, I'd deal with the individual my own way.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $900.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ossining Music Center
I have to admit, I was VERY reluctant to buy a Fender Strat. I planned on buying ANYTHING BUT a new Fender. Since the quality of Fender guitars was horrible in the last 20 yrs, my opinion of Fender was not to good. UNTIL, I played THIS guitar! My friend (who owns the store), told me "At least play it, BEFORE you pass judgement on their new stuff". Without a doubt, if you are a "strat person", you will LOVE this guitar to death! Extremely fast neck, for the most extreme-heavy metal arpeggio-oriented solos, to the slowest of blues riffs. The neck is so smooth, and rounded off, so your hands just glide over the fretboard. It's an awesome guitar. I would buy another one without hesitation! I've owned AND played MANY other guitars: Paul Reed Smith, Jackson, Charvel,...etc and this guitar "plays & feels" just as good. (I hardly use any of my other 5 guitars anymore!) Plus, you'll save $2000. Frankly, PRS guitars are not as good as they used to be, in my opinion... I can't see spending almost $3500 - $4000 on a guitar that, quite frankly isn't a whole lot better than this new Fender American Deluxe. About the only thing a PRS has, that the American Deluxe doesn't have, is a nice quilt or flame top, bird inlays, or the high price tag.
Action on this beauty is AWESOME! Very low, with no buzz. You can hit mach speeds on this guitar. The only flaws I had with this guitar, is the "G" String tuner gave me problems when I first bought it. It was repaired that week, and it still sticks a bit, but I deal with it. I've dealt with worse things. :) I give it a "4" in this section because of that small problem.
My equipment line-up is as follows:
1) LANEY Pro-Tube 50W head
2) Marshall 1960A 4x12 cabinet
3) CRATE combo amp (GX212) 2 Celestion G12-75 (150 rms)
4) Zoom 505 pedal (effects, compression & Distortion)
5) Rocktron pro-gap preamp (distortion)Rack-mount
6) Ibanez Digital Delay (Rack-Mount)
7) Tascam 4 track recorder
8) Charvel Neck Thru
9) Fender American Deluxe Strat
10) Ovation Standard Balladeer acoustic
11) Cream colored Fender Strat
12) Kramer Baretta (80's model)
I would probably use this guitar 90% of the time. Unless I need more "CRUNCH", which my Kramer can give me, due to the fact that my Kramer has humbuckers, and the strat doesn't.
The sound on this Strat is so warm. It can almost make you cry. It is a guitar that can go from Heavy Metal, to Blues without skipping a beat.
I don't think I'd ever modify my Strat, I'm really quite happy with it the way it is right now. "IF" I were to EVER modify anything on it, I would change the bridge pickup to a "Hot Rail". That's all.
> Very reliable for live playing.
> I have it set-up once every other month
> Straplocks are VERY good!
> Pots/controls are holding up very well. Some screws are starting to discolor/rust, but that's only because I sweat alot when I play. Not a flaw with the guitar.
> Like all guitars, PLEASE KEEP IT AWAY FROM HUMIDITY! It doesn't like humidity. I don't either...
FENDER GUITARS SUCK. THEY ARE FOR PEOPLE LIKE MIKE BUNDALO
Fender Guitars Suck
Fender Guitars play like s---
It sounds like a pussy, get a real guitar, not a fender
I buy fenders cause i can smash them easier
Did not look at this one long. Was in the market for a strat for a long time. The combination of features was too good to pass. If stolen I would replace it. My favorite aspect is it's playability. Worst is probably the weight. People should know that it is okay to buy Fender Instruments again. They are listening to what people are saying and passing that to the consumer.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1008.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Encore Music
US made. Body ash. Neck Maple with maple frer board. Jumbo bass frets, 6 string. Standard controls with 5 way pickup switch. 3 pickups, double Seymore Duncan at bridge, 2 remaining coils are Fenders (Tex-Mex). Passive electronics. Red maple sunburst. Standard strat body (pre-CBS). String thru body bridge setup. Standard vintage tuners
The bass frets made all the difference on a flatter neck than Fender usually offers. The action is in incredible. The squire strat line does not hold a candle to this guitar
A great intermediate guitar. I've only been playing for six years, but this guitar sounds great to me. People should check it out.
Price: $1000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Vintage noiseless pickups with hot bridge pickup.
Extremely comfortable to play.