Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster

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Description 1999 Fender Stratocaster made in Mexico. Sunburst. Poplar Body, two piece maple fretboard. 3 Single coil pickups.
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On 7/24/2012, Ken Richardson (9051) posted:
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I found it used at a good price... not sure why I seem to like this one more than my other Strat. It does seem to be a little lighter in weight, and gets a lot of vintage sounds.. at least sounds vintage to me.
Features:
MIM Strat, 2006 model year I think - found it used for $120 White body and knobs, maple neck and fretboard standard strat with 1 volume, 2 tones, 3 single coil pickups
Playability:
I have it pretty much set up as I like it. Getting good tones. Seems lighter than my other strat
Sound Quality:
I use it with a small Roland Cube, Vox Pathfinder or Peavey combo Good for Hendrix tones and Clapton, blues. I think that someone had changed the pickups before I got it. I like the neck pickup, it has the 6 alnico magnets much like a classic strat. The other 2 were ceramic pickups. I got a used Seymour Duncan single coil for the bridge position. I rarely if ever use the middle pickup alone so pretty happy with the tones I get out of the neck or bridge solo'd, or the 2 and 4 "notch" positions. The neck pickup is fairly quiet.
Durability:
Hardware is good, I'd say it would hold up just fine. Stays in tune well/
On 3/20/2006, Mike Weaver (4) posted:
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Gibson Gothic Les Paul, Joe satriani's "chrome boy", pressed wood lespaul. I chose the mexican because the chrome boy was out of stock, and it played amazing in every way. The only thing I would change is more frettage. It would be nice to have 7 strings, but it doesnt suit the fender, nor does it suit strnge shapes. I dont buy guitars for their "shape" clearly because the style played on such guitars are very narrow. The fender mexican stratocaster is fully equiped to provide substantial sound to rock, jazz, metal, classical, and pretty much about anything. This guitar is all around a classic.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $750.00 CND (new)
Where Obtained: Steve's
Features:
Mexico
Playability:
Certainly a better choice to the american series
Sound Quality:
BOSS Blues driver BD-2 Jimmi Hendrix Cry Baby Wah considering a talk pedal sound is exceptional
Durability:
Built for live playing
On 11/30/2005, Edward Roufberg (21) posted:
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It sounds very good and is nice to play. I am a beginner and I did not want to invest a lot of money at this time.

This weekend I played on a $2,500 telecaster and I couldn't tell the difference
Model Year: 2005
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Store
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On 11/24/2005, Peter Kiley (890) posted:
Overall Rating:
Buy this guitar.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Mexico model with the poplar body and rosewood fingerboard.
Playability:
The guitar plays extremely well. From the factory the action was perfect.
Sound Quality:
Combined with a Line 6 SpiderII amp, this guitar is out of this world. Clean, sparkling stratocaster tones to warm, dark jazz tones. This guitar does it all.
Durability:
As I Junior High School music teacher I purchased this guitar for day to day use in my classroom. This guitar has held up extremely well to the abuse of 5+ hours a day usage, not to mention the hundreds of teenagers that come in contact with it each day!
On 4/28/2005, Mike Smith (9737) posted:
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Ive always been a fender man so any other guitar was on the menu. the worst aspect was the poor set up. just a few minor things like trem springs and pup height. but really for value for money they are a fine guitar.
Where Obtained: better music
Features:
This is the usual standrad strat but has a poplar body not alder as advertised. it has 3 standard pups two tone one volume and 5 way switch the colour caught my eye its called midnight wine. it is a great colour for a strat.
Playability:
The neck on this one is just right for me its a little on the thin side which i like. it plays really well after a few slight adjustments.
Sound Quality:
I use a behringer gx210 ultratwin, not the right amp for this guitar so im looking for another. i play blues and thats why i like the strats. i have a set of gold lace snonsors that im going to fit. the strat can really be used for any style of music.
Durability:
This guitar can played anywhere. the only thing i had to adjust was the springs on the trem cause of the factory fitted bullett strings, apart from that its just a nice guitar.
On 9/2/2004, Archy Xuan (83) posted:
Overall Rating:
Not really worth buying. Save your money and spend half the cost to buy a Yamaha, or spend more money to get a Fender American Strat.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123.com
Features:
Not very well crafted. Basically a not-so-good copy of Fender American Strat.
Playability:
I hate the fret metals that stick out from the fret board, which scratch your fretting hand. Other than that, it's fine.
Sound Quality:
Good! Professional/classical Strat sound.
Durability:
Can't tell 'cause I return the thing after 2 weeks.
On 7/12/2003, Freddy Gerwick (31) posted:
Overall Rating:
Excellent
Model Year: 1996
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Centar Dallas, TX
Features:
Fender Stratocaster, Deep Red in color. Excellent guitar...
Playability:
No flaws... It is a Fender so that says most everything
Sound Quality:
Excellent
Durability:
Excellent
On 4/15/2003, Frank Ziggsa (57) posted:
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Didnt look at other guitars time to play the strat for myself I had 2 squier strats I like this better I would buy it again.This is plenty of geetar!The pickup combinations are kind of the same unless your all on bridge or all on neck.fave aspect is it's a strat and I can just be comfortable with that which comes out in my playing if only sub-consiously.Worst aspect is I'm always wrried about scratching that glass finish
Price: $260.00
Where Obtained: pawn shop !
Features:
Mexican made or so they claim assembled more like it as all parts are made in corona ca. the finish is totally excellent though thank you lowrider this guitar I dont believe was ever played absoulutely zero fret wear which I am taking care of now small frets nice for slides could be bigger though. I put some d'addario strings on 11-49 and its got a really nice tone. I think it could use some more vibrato springs I suppose they'er cheap when I put the heavier strings on the bridge raised up Quite a bit I tightened the screws holding the springs so as to apply more tension this works reasonably well I think the tone would be better with the extra contact of the 2 more springs It's plenty of guitar for me at some time maybe I'll buy a pickguard with some hotter pickups from carvin a simple swap (hopefully) I'd rather play it than work on it.Although it is like the 350 camaro of guitars.All kinds of parts and stuff
Playability:
I set the tuning intonatation on it with a korg tuner so I got strings with identicle notes all up and down the board and the action is very low.nice enough.the bevels and cutaways are all in the right places I'm average size it just feels comfortable to hold or play. I can get a good solid grip on it.
Sound Quality:
I play mostly blues which the string I have are for at least it sounds that way.Nice resonation not overly bright which is fine wit me.The pickups seem to hum alot when I'm paying attention to it.When I'm playing though I don't notice it.
Durability:
The thing is ten years old going by the serial number and it's in perfect cond whether it's just cause it's been stored away or what I can't say still It's ten years old and in perfect condition!Hey it's a fender strat sunburst.course it's VERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On 3/7/2003, Jon Brauk (4028) posted:
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This is a great guitar, it's excellent for all skill levels. I reccomned it heavily.

If this guitar was stolen I'd either by it again or look at a Fender Tele, but most likely I'd get the Strat. The only thing that could make the the guitar better is to have a humbucker pick-up on it. But that is about it.

Excellent guitar!
Model Year: 1996
Price: $225.00
Where Obtained: Cheshire Music, Keene NH
Features:
This guitar is a bueatiful '96 Mex Fender Strat. I've loved it since the day I got it. The neck is rosewood, I'm not sure what material the body is... I think ash. 21 frets... Not to many, but good for my playing style. It's a six string, in fact, I've never seen a 7 string Strat. 2 Tone switches one Volume switch and a pickup selector. There are three pickups. Single Coil. It's a sunburst orange, double cut. Classic Strat style. The bridge is not a fixed bridge and can be used with a whammy... I'm not to much for the whammy though.
Playability:
It's really easy to get a nice action on this guitar because there is a metal bar running through the neck, all you have to do is tighten or lossen it. Luckily for me it can get an excellent low action, this helps for soloers.

It plays very well compared to most guitars... Given a LP, and top of the line guitars will handle better, but they are much more expensive. The only problem is because it's used it does have some dings and pick scratches, not a real problem though.
Sound Quality:
I don't use any effects with this guitar (partially cause my wallet doesn't ever contain any money) but I do use a Ibanez ToneBlaster amp (it was cheap $230) and I love it. For rock music this guitar is excellent because it's an nice, easy to use and simple guitar. This guitar I think is mainly suited for rock/metal but could extend "easily" to blues and probably could give you a decent jazz and alternative voice to.

The sound (especially on the neck pickup) is excellent, it's very warm and very very clear. The sound on the guitar also sounds good too, at least compared to most guitars. It doesn't offer the nice overdrive quite as much as a Gibson (Epi) LP but it does give a nice warm tone.

There really isn't to many things that I would want to change my guitar with. The guitar is little bit noisy in my amp (but that is because the amp isn't grounded) but it's not noisy in a grounded amp.

I would say that this is a nice all-around guitar and probably is good for stage and studio.
Durability:
It's a very reliable guitar, I've never had a problem with it. It's extremely durable.

The only time that I have ever needed to adjust anything was the truss-rod (and that was the day I got it) other than that it plays great. The guitar did have a loose tuner to but that was fixed by a quick turn with a socket wrench. Everything on it is holding up fine, and I have yet to have a major problem. The only little thing is that it goes out of tune (very slightly) when it gets cold. Because I live in New England it doesn't get hot so I've yet to see what happens when the guitar gets warm.
On 9/1/2002, Justin Warren (8) posted:
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Before i bought my strat, i tried out an Ibanez RX series, a Yamaha (which sucked by the way), and a Hohner. I would definetely buy this guitar again. Some new pickups would be good, but other than that, i wouldnt change anything. I think this is a great guitar for an intermediate player like myself. it has good action, and its low maintenance.
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hot Licks, Honolulu, HI
Features:
20 fret, mahogany neck. 3 fender pickups, double cutaway body, volume & tone controls, string_thru body. Lefty.
Playability:
No flaws.
Sound Quality:
I play all styles using a Crate GFX-15 amp with DSP onboard. the sound is full.
Durability:
It is reliable, and rarely needs adjusting. controls and hardware hold up great, and it seems to not like humidity.
On 8/15/2002, James O'Keefe (694) posted:
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I picked this guitar because I didn't know a lot about guitars. I knew the strat (its an icon)and a few friends of mine had played squires, so I chose it. After playing it, I know I made a good choice. It sounds gorgeous, I love the 5 way switching, and I love how easy it is to modify and tinker with. I am a firm believer that the mexican strat is identical in sound and tone to the usa strat.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $200.00
Where Obtained: Music Go Round
Features:
This was a used Mexi strat I bought a couple years ago. It has all the original parts, the only exception being that I shielded it to reduce hum. This is your standard, thousands built-a-year mexican strat.
Playability:
I like the guitar. I sometimes get a little fret buzz, so I have to keep the action high- but that's not so bad, especially since I use a slide sometimes.
Sound Quality:
The amp I usually use is a 72 Yamaha import that you'd never find in this country. I've even called yamaha to find out some specs on it and yamaha usa told me they never sold that here and had no info for me. As for mods.... Shielding is a must. 3 single coils and flourescent lighting means lots of hum. It sounds much better after being shielded. I've been thinking about dropping a humbucker into it for some different tone possibilities, but as yet haven't done it.
Durability:
The guitar is a tank. it seems that no matter what I do to it, it always sounds the same. It rarely needs to be retuned, I can leave it for weeks without tuning. The exception being my basement. The cold really has a huge effect on its tuning, which is to be expected
On 8/8/2002, Andrew Ettenger (31) posted:
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This is a beginers guitar. It has all the essentials and very little more. When I get some money I'll put in some new pickups, but I won't buy another guitar. I like mine. It feels right, it plays pretty well and it looks cool. If it weren't for that buzz when I use one pickup, I'd have nothing to complain about with this guitar. Overall it's a good first guitar and a good second one if it's upgraded.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $309.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Mexican made(thanks NAFTA) Fender Stratocaster with a maple neck, 21 frets and 6 strings. It has one volume and two tone dials and s/s/s pickups. It's everything you'd expect and need for a basic guitar.
Playability:
The maple neck runs as smooth as any other guitar I've ever played and I have no problem reaching every fret.
Sound Quality:
I generally use a Digitech RP100 MultiFX Pedal and a 42 watt Squier 15 with this guitar. I've tried the guitar in better amps and I believe that my amp is fine but my guitar sounds flat. The American Strats seem to have more of a richer sound and a little bit of a bite, but I bet if I just replace the pickups i can get that full rich sound. The only other sound problem is when using a single pickup instead of a combination of two, I hear a rather loud and annoying buzz. Though you can't hear it while you're playing, it's an annoyance when you want your guitar quiet.
Durability:
This guitar is up to the task and is rather durable. It keeps its tune pretty well and doesn't ever have any major problems. The one little thing that happend was the lock nut on the jack kept coming loose. It was fixed easaly with a 13mm socket wrench (an open end wrench won't fit.)
On 7/23/2002, Peter Pearson (251) posted:
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Excellent guitar. Didn't have the money for an American, and it wasn't really that much different anyway. Tried some Ibanezes, but like I prefer Fender necks.

Only minor issue I had with it was the pickup selector switch was very light (very easy to move it by mistake), so I had it replaced, otherwise no problems at all.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $360.00 (new)
Features:
Standard Mexy Strat, 21 frets, 3 standard single coils pickups, 1 volume control, 2 tone controls (neck and mid pickups), 5 pos pickup selector. Usual stuff, not as good as the American stuff on average, but hey, it's cheaper, and they're definitely good enough. The only really noticeable differences are one less fret and the old style bridge, rather than the two post system the American models use.
Playability:
Amazing guitar to play, excellent feel and action. My Dad's got an American and I prefer playing this one (the neck feels better), although the American seems more balanced overall (the neck's slightly heavier ?) meaning the Centre of Gravity is more in the middle.
Sound Quality:
Excellent. The pickups are standard single coil, so they do generate noise, but then so do the ones on the American. I've had a DiMarzio Fast Track 2 fitted, and the mid tone control rewired to control both the middle and bridge pickups.
Durability:
Very reliable. Goes out of tune slightly if it's like a very humid hot day (thunderstorm or something) but this is rare. I don't use the tremolo though, so I can't comment on how well it stays in tune compared to the American.
On 7/20/2002, Chet Feathers (995) posted:
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This is my 3rd guitar (Epiphone LP Standard, Modified Epiphone Special II), I was looking for the classic Strat sound and got it with this guitar. If it was lost or stolen I would buy another.

The worst thing about it so far is getting used to it going out of tune when using the tremolo or doing bending.
Price: $306.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Features:
Black Alder body, Maple neck, Maple Fretboard, 3 ply pickguard, 21 Vintage style frets, 25.5 Scale length, Vintage style synchronized Tremolo, 3 single coil ceramic magnet pickups, 5 position pickup switch, 1 volume and 2 tone controls.
Playability:
Setup from factory is great. Amazingly I liked the set of factory installed 9's (Fender Bullet's), my other guitars all have 11's.
Sound Quality:
I have played this through a Peavey Classic 20, Peavey Audition Chorus, and Peavey Rage 158, using several different Boss pedals and the sound quality is what I expected from a guitar using 3 single coil pickups. I did get it for the vintage single coil sound.
Durability:
Just got it the other day but it would seem to be well built.
On 6/5/2002, Randy Longcrier (67) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at Epiphone LP's, Peavy. No comparison.

Fav aspect -- great dealer. If your salesman knows what he's doing he can set it up for you and you;ll be a happy camper. Great warranty.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Art's Music, Montgomery, AL
Features:
I was leary about the Mex Strat at first but the price of the Americans -- Well, you know the story. Maple, Corvette Blue (that's what I call it, Fender calls it something else) Standard 3 PU config
Playability:
What can I say? You can pay more and get a heck of a lot less. I've got to give credit to the salesman at Art's who set it up for me. I showed him how I played and he came back with a totally different guitar than what was on the shelf. I was impressed. I've played Amer Strats at the store and find the difference very minimal for my style of playing. If you're a Pro and sleep with your instrument I'm sure you have a different perspective on that than I do. Hey, I just like to make racket and bounce around the office when no one's looking. (even if they peek, I don't care anymore)
Sound Quality:
Using the Digitech Rp-300, all of the variances I could ever dream of. It has the strat sound that we're accustomed to and it pulls off Texas Blues very well for me. A little heavy on the sound on low notes but easliy compensated on the amp.
Durability:
Reliable? Well, if you're Pete Townsend, no. Adjustments? Not yet. (had 8 months) Everything's holding up so far. Needs re-tuning every time humidity/ temp changes. (do you know of one that doesn't?)
On 5/23/2002, Ron Bellimer, Jr. (26) posted:
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We have two stores around here, one sells fenders and the other sells peavey. My dad has a peavey and I think they are over priced and sound like s---. Sure, I'd buy it again. Better- Locking tuners, come with humbuckers. Favorite- nice body style, good sound, the envy of enthusiests.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $325.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Blue Mountain Guitar
Features:
Made in Mexico maple body/neck 21 frets 6 strings volume, tone, tone, 5 way switch s/s/s passive electronice (I think) single coil pick-ups
Playability:
Bending strings not as easy as on some other guitars (les paul, for example). Flaw- tremelo bar pulled all the way up on 10 guage strings. I've tried lowering it (the screws in the back of the guitar) but it didn't work. Had to tighten tuners because of stresses from higher guage strings (went from 9's to 10's).
Sound Quality:
Princeton 65 amp with 65 watts (I know, not a whole lot) gives me enough power to be able to drown out any outside noises. Hooked up to a D.O.D. Death Metal switch gives it a kick a-- sound. I play metal and the guitar fits perfectly (just not quite as dark looking as I'd like it, but it's sufficient). Haven't played stage or studio (yet). Just has an annoying fuzz sound on the distortion channel.
Durability:
I have full faith in my guitars durability. It'd be able to withstand almost everything thrown at it (figuratively speeking), short of smashing in a drugged up, drunken rage on the stage in front of a crowd of 10,000 burnt-to-hell, screaming fans.
On 4/14/2002, Inactive Member posted:
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I love this guitar, would buy it again. I think it just gets better with age.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $175.00
Where Obtained: pawn shop
Features:
Made in mexico, black with white pick guard. Three pick ups and two tone knobs
Playability:
Very easy to play. My first guitar. The neck is thin, thats great I have small hands.
Sound Quality:
I use a create amp and a 505 Zoom effects. I can get most any sound with the 505. Very rich and smoth sound with clear channel.
Durability:
Have had for 4 months. Adjused the truss rod once. Have had no problems so far. This guitar was used well before me and is still going strong.
On 3/30/2002, Inactive Member posted:
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I would buy five of these if I could think of a reason to--it's that good of a value. The worst aspect? Those CRAP plastic parts that Fender seems to think we won't notice and puts on all their guitars. Also, don't bother calling their customer service line, they are useless and hate you. But you won't have to call them with this guitar. What you will mostly be doing is grinning ear to ear at what a fine guitar you have and what a smart shopper you are, and looking and sounding every bit as good as your snotty friends with their American Designer Strats (smile)...and you will have enough money left for an amp!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Fender dealer
Features:
2001 Mexican Strat Std., white. Alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, three single coils, 5-position switch. I have to say, this guitar is flawless and gorgeous and in my opinion every bit as good as an American-made model. I have seen some MIM's with tiny finish cracks or irregularities at the neck joint, but if you're careful you can get a fine axe for a great price!
Playability:
The setup is low, the neck is sweet and fast (for a Fender). I love it! It fits my hand perfectly. The fingerboard is actually Pau Ferro, not rosewood. It looks great and plays great--the playability is excellent on every MIM Strat I've tried out.
Sound Quality:
It's a Strat tone, lol. Mine seems very ballsy, it has a great low-end growl to it but the highs are clear and distinct. The pau ferro darkens the tone a bit, which I like. The pickups are kinda noisy in positions 1 and 5, but hey that's single coil life and it's not bad. I love the sound, it's just what I wanted.
Durability:
The screws need tightened up in the tuners once in a while. I instantly dumped the cheapo plastic knobs that Fender inflicts on us. The intonation from the factory was fairly terrible, with the whole neck playing sharp...but a screwdriver fixed that problem. This guitar is a typical Strat: durable, reliable, and will still be playing music long after I'm gone.
On 3/1/2002, Mark Carlson (343) posted:
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I saw this guitar in pawn while looking for a an acoustic. It sort of said "hey man, check me out". I went over the whole thing at the store with a fine tooth comb. It was virtually brand new. For $140 I figure I couldn't lose. After modifying the hell out of it I feel like it could take the Pepsi Challenge with all but the finest stratocaters out there. For the low investment/a lot of work (which I enjoy doing to guitars) It can't be beat. If it was lost or stolen I'd be way bummed because I put so much work into it. Heck yeah I would replace it but I'd have to do it all over again. It's similar I suppose to the Clapton Signature model or closer maybe to the American Deluxe. I hear guys like Jimmie Vaughn and Mato from Indigenous like the MIM's better once they are modified and improved. If that is so, then I have no problems with mine saying Made in Mexico on it. It's a darn nice guitar at a quarter of the price you'd pay for it's American equivalent. Enough of this typing crap, I'm going to go play.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $139.00
Where Obtained: pawn shop
Features:
This MIM Strat is my first electric guitar. I bought it stock in a pawn shop, however, the only parts that are still stock are the body, neck, frets, and output jack. I have replaced the pickups (vintage noisless), tuners (schaller locking), pots and switch, pick gaurd and trem cavity cover. The saddles-nut-and string trees are now all Graph-tech, and I added two tremelo springs. All this made a good guitar excellent for about an extra $220. Total invested $360.00.
Playability:
The action was high when I got it but I lowered it and straightened the neck. When capoed at the first fret the low E string is 2.2 mm, high E is 1.7mm at the 17th fret. This suits me very well and creates no buzzing. I just made and installed the graph tech nut which I had never done, overall I am extremely pleased with it but I could probably take a bit more off and lower the action further, however, I play with 12's so slightly higher is fine. I think many players would find this action to be on the high side of "low". Since this is originally a MIM Strat it has vintage frets. For a while this bothered me because they are small but after playing a couple G & L's with jumbos I think I prefer the vintage size. The loweness of them gives the neck a faster feel and my fingers don't slam against the big frets doing slides. The only flaws were fixable by setting the guitar up the way I wanted and changing a few things.
Sound Quality:
I use a DOD VGS50 valve guitar system and a small 15w (I live in an apartment that sucks) amp. I like playing blues and rock (Jimi, PJ, Buddy Guy, U2, Zep, etc) and this guitar can do it all really well with the VGS50. By itself it is as good as most other strats I've heard or played. The vintage noisless p/u's are produce a great tonal range with everything from warm low tones to crisp high solos.
Durability:
Seems tough enough. I'd take it anywhere. It stays in tune over long playing and sitting. The intonation is stable as well. I live in a very humid climate with periods of cold and dry. Weather affects it some but not radically.
On 2/15/2002, James Simeone (199) posted:
Overall Rating:
After investing $15 bucks for pots and $150 for pickups, thing plays and sounds like a classic for under $500. Probably would do the same changes to the Amercian model as those p/u not great either, unless really upgarding to noiseless or lace sensor. For the money, best thing going. Also, easy to upgrade.
Price: $280.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music
Features:
Mexico Strat, Poplar Body, Maple Neck w/ Rosewood. Standard Strat set up
Playability:
Like any guitar, spend the $40 bucks and have a luthier set it up. Even the pros do this. Plays great, but replacing the cheap plastic nut w/LSR a must. Once set up w/ new nust never gows out of tune.
Durability:
Nut will break quick. Controls not very durable either. But, for $300 bucks what can you expect. The body and neck are great.
On 11/26/2001, Eric Bowler (45) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would pick it up in a hurry
Model Year: 2000
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: R.I.T. Guitar and Drum
Features:
Made in Mexico. Poplar body and maple neck.24 Frets. 3 Fender pickups nice tremolo are.
Playability:
Very Playable
Sound Quality:
Almost everything I could ever need.
Durability:
It's lasted So far.(only had it a little while.
On 5/3/2001, RALPH HAYWARD (10) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would buy an American Standard next time.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: modern music
Features:
I have a tobacco top strat, it has a single coil sd humbucker, the rest are stock. The body is standard strat.
Playability:
I play my action low most of the time, unless I get full O rage.
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender Deluxe 90. Usually by it self. I also have a Toneworks ax1 to use with headphones.
Durability:
The guitar has not been adjusted (truss rod) at all. I don't use the whammy bar at all.
On 3/29/2001, Scott Howard (49) posted:
Overall Rating:
For the price you can't possibly go wrong. $1,000 for american vs $260-$320 for the Mexican, Get Real!!

Of course it's not as sweet as the American strat but with a few mods you have a sweet playing and sounding strat for way less that you won't cry like a baby when you put your first scratch or ding in it (which you w
Model Year: 2000
Price: $262.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Features:
Sunburst finish, poplar body with alder veneer?, maple neck/rosewood fretboard, 3 single coils, 21 vintage fret
Playability:
No problem obtaining a good action but it did need to be tweaked after I put a set of medium bullets on. The neck is very comfortable and plays as well as any guitar that I have played to date, despite the fact that the nut was finished horribly, the grooves aren't lined up very well and on the high E side they almost ground it to the point that the high E string might pop out,It's in the shop right now having an LSR rollernut installed to correct this problem, $22 parts-$
Sound Quality:
I am currently using a digitech RP 2000 through an old Peavey triumph 60 tube combo. It actually sounds way better than my Ibanez S540 which has stack,stack, hum. it has a noticebly thicker fuller tone than the Ibanez which surprised me! the strat tone is superior but I believe it is mostly due to horribly s---ty pups in my Ibanez Sabre! The 60 cycle hum is annoying but I can deal with it by kicking my pick up selector to position 2 or 4 to cancel the hum. I will probably upgrade the pickups even though I'm happy with the tone, but can't decide what to try
Durability:
Seems to be very durable. for the price you don't have to worry too much about minor scratches
On 2/23/2001, Jon Norton (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is an extremely nice guitar! Id reccomend it to anyone starting off because its fairly cheap, but compared to the american standard strat... it only has a couple hardware differences wich you can upgrade yourself when you feel its neccicary. You start off with a pretty damn nice "stock" guitar, and end up with one sweet axe =-) If you are starting off, just make sure to buy a repair book with it, so you can adjust the action (never actually needed to repair anything). Be carefull of the maple fingerboard though... It sounds sweet, but dont use anything rough to clean it, your rub off the finish... Actually, I think if you rub the entire neck down with 0000 steel wool, it gives it a sort of matte finish... which i find easier to play on. Enjoy!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $280.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Store
Features:
A 99' Mexican Strat, Not sure of body... All Maple neck (rosewood "spine" thingie...) 21 frets, 6 strings. 2 Tone Knobs, 1 vol. Pretty standard. I put a Seymour Duncan Humbucker on the bridge location. Plus I also added american standard Bridge sections, and a LSR roller nut. Standard Tuners.
Playability:
Takes a bit of fiddling to get the right action (for me, medium low... with a medium low tremelo, .10 strings with 3 springs). Neck easy to adjust. No flaws as of yet.
Sound Quality:
I use this with a Tech 21 Trademark 60, and makes some amazingly sweet tones. Much more so if you put all 5 springs in and block the tremelo... If you do that, the body vibrates so much, if you open the back up, you can feel it moving the air! Very Full warm but still a little bright. Sounds much better recorded (dont they all?). I want to put on EMG SA Active Pickups or Lace Sensor Pickups.. Alot of feedback on the ones it comes with. But not to bad.
Durability:
Very very sturdy. The Jack for the cable occasionally loosens, but if you have a wrench, its simple. I almost never need to re adjust it, unless i change my string thikness.
On 2/17/2001, Steve Jacobs (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love it. Amazing quality for the money. Most people will be happy with it out of the box once it's properly set up. I'd replace the pickups again. I've considered sticking a humbucker in the bridge position too.
Price: $157.00
Where Obtained: Some Music Store
Features:
Mexican-made, Passive electronics, basswood(?) body. Three single coils. The stock pickups are too weak so I replaced them with Texas-specials and while I was in there, I shielded the cavity with copper foil to kill the hum one gets in single coil position. HUGE improvement. Great guitar for the money!
Playability:
Action was nice. Neck was straight. The stock strings were 09s and I bumped them up to 11-52s and replaced the nut with a graph-tec nut. Much fatter tone. Still decent action considering the thicker strings.
Sound Quality:
Sounded weak before I replaced the pickups (for blues anyway). Shielding the innards with copper foil has eliminated most of the hum in single coil postions. I use a couple of effects, mostly a TS-9 Tubescreamer modded to TS-808 specs, a Danelectro Chorus and Echo (I can't remember those silly names but they sound good) and a '68 Bassman head (with Svetlana 6L6s and NOS preamp and inverter tubes. The bias circuit was blackfaced too) running through a Crate 4X12 cab. Has a GREAT blues tone that's very controlable. When at home, I use a hot plate to keep things quiet.
Durability:
I've had to adjust the action a couple of times since installing the heavier strings, but it's calmed down and hasn't required any more tweaking in the past 6 months or so.
On 2/15/2001, Mark Willis (1201) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is just as good as any strat i have played and i know it's a guitar that will stay with me for a long time..in fact it will probably be around longer than me and it will always sound better than me too :-)
Price: $600.00 Australia (new)
Where Obtained: Turramurra music ( Sydney )
Features:
Made in Mexico.21 frets ( 22 would be nice, but hey.. ) 1 vol and 2 tones.2 single coils and a humbucker and a five position selector switch. black finish with a white scratchplate. It's not too complicated just pick it up and away you go...and it always sounds good.
Playability:
I can achieve any technique on my strat including tapping etc..though it's not a hoon's guitar like my jackson charvel which has a very low action..i think the strat has a good feel to it and i like her personality.
Sound Quality:
It's good to have a humbucker on this guitar so i can really crank...i play through a marshall vs100r combo which i think has a lot to do with my sound.But on other amps of friends it still sounds good..I play pretty much any style and this guitar is quite versatile.The sound is also a lot fuller than that of my J.charvel which can be a little thin at times.
Durability:
Stays in tune....strong as an ox
On 10/29/2000, Carl Anderson (2230) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this guitar. It is my only guitar. This is a great guitar for the money. Dont go out and buy a clone, this is the real deal.!
Model Year: 1995
Price: $215.00
Where Obtained: Private sale
Features:
This is a Mexican made Strat. It has all the usuall strat hardware.
Playability:
This guitar is awesome to play. The action is a bit high on mine, but I have gotten used to that. The neck is pretty fast if I keep it clean and polished.
Sound Quality:
I play all kinds of music with my Strat, but mostly texas blues. It sounds like any other good strat. I played my friend's American Statndard strat, which he claims is so much better thatn mine, but to tell you the truth, I think that they both sound the same!
Durability:
This guitar has been banged, dropped, and scratched countless times. It is very durable. I have no problems besides a crappy tuning peg and the input jack always comes loose.
On 10/28/2000, David Fliski (46) posted:
Overall Rating:
Excellent, highly recommended buy this or get an Epiphone Les Paul because they are similar although you lose out on bulid quality on a Les Paul. Excellnt, had it for 4 years, never let me down.
Model Year: 1996
Where Obtained: P.M.T
Features:
This is by anyones standards, an excellent guitar. Its so versitile, it plays any kind of music and outsounds my Les Paul!! The pickups are excellent and are worth the money.
Playability:
Nice to hold, fat frets and wide neck, easy to play and feels good.
Sound Quality:
This guitar works well with grunge stlyes of music like Nirvan but is also good for playing lead parts from bands such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Durability:
Its a strat, the hardest instrument to destroy, its invincibal, the only thing that it fails on is....well there isn't really anything actually.
On 8/22/2000, Chris Hinck (589) posted:
Overall Rating:
If this guitar got stolen, I'd probably get one of the mexican strats with upgraded p/u's the second time, since I'd be nice to have a humbucker now and then.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
For the money, I think it's tough to beat this guitar.
Playability:
I dig it. Got a Maple fretboard. Seriously, it's almost as nice as my friend's American. You've got to take your time and try out a bunch, but there are some fantastic mexican strat's out there.
Sound Quality:
C'mon. It's a strat. :) It sounds sweet, of course.
Durability:
I haven't tried to put it through a wall or an amp yet, but I suspect it'll hold up, as long as the wall's only sheetrock, or the amp cabinet is particle board.
On 8/15/2000, Rick posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this guitar for look and sound mostly. I would defienetly buy this guitar again. HINT: use ernie ball strings and the last pickup.
Price: $229.00
Where Obtained: Sam Ash music
Features:
95 Mexico Strat. Poplar body, maple neck and fingerboard. 21 frets, 6 strings, 1 volume, 2 tone. s/s/s pickups. Lake placid blue (discontinued in mexico standard strats.) String through body construction.
Playability:
Very low action. Maple neck is alot smoother than rosewood, nicest neck I've played.
Sound Quality:
I use a 35 watt Brownsville amp and it sounds great. I play the music of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zepplin, and PInk floyd. John Fruciante and David Gilmour used the strat, and you can recreate the sounds greatly. Page used a Paul and Tele, but it still sounds ok. The only things I would change would be a big 70's headstock because it looks cool, and if you play with a tremelo, you might want to consider a locking tremelo. The only noisy thing is that if you are using one pickup at a time, there is a buzz, but if you use 2 combined, there is no buzz.
Durability:
I have never had to adjust the action, truss rod, or anything. Another reason I chose this guitar was when it is dropped, it wont bust.
On 6/28/2000, Kevin Beaver (11) posted:
Overall Rating:
A very good deal and worth putting some extra money into. I use this as my main guitar. Once you upgrade it you can't tell the difference between it and a more expensive one.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $280.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Smitty's Crescendo Music
Features:
Very good value, alot of quality for what you pay components aren't as cheap as people say
Playability:
Good action, one of the best i've every played, can't tell the differnce between this and an american
Sound Quality:
Fairly nice sound with standard pickups, but if you can pick this guitar up as cheap as I did you should definenatly spring for better ones. I recommened either Texas Specials or The noiseless
Durability:
Holds together well and stays in tune for a long time
On 6/16/2000, Juan Alvarado (116) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's a verry good guitar once you change the pickups and get rid of that annoying buzz.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: can't remember the name of the store
Features:
Playability:
Sound Quality:
I play it through a fender frontman25 without any effects. i don't like the factory pickups because they emmitt(sp?) a real annoying buzz. i'm planning on changing the pickups and once that's done this guitar will rock.
Durability:
On 5/10/2000, John Schell (6102) posted:
Overall Rating:
Its a good guitar and I'm afraid that I just got the crappy end of the stick on this one. I guess there is something to be said about the consistancy of production with these guitars. I had looked into changing the pickups and found out that it wasn't just the pickups. It was a combination of everything leading my to believe that I just wasn't happy with this guitar. My strong recommendation is that if you must have this guitar, shop around and try out several different ones and several different music stores and the quality varies greatly from instrument to instrument. Also, check around for other guitars by other manufacturers in the same price range. I paid 340 for mine (the sunburst is 50 dollars extra) and I think I could have put that money to better use with a different guitar.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $340.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Teacher (bad, bad decision)
Features:
I got this guitar as my first electric because I was a little nieve and thought that all stratocasters were the same and even though it was built in Mexico, it was still a strat so it had to be good. Well, for the most part it is.
Playability:
Its an average guitar. Even with my limited playing ability, I wasn't satisfied with the sound it produced even when my more skilled friends were playing it. I played it through a Laney 30 watt tube amp, so that was ok. But it nevr even got close to the sound I expected from it. (I wasn't trying to be Stevie Ray or Clapton) The tone was dead kinda like a thunk-thunk-thunk. It never really sang. Just average.
Sound Quality:
I have heard other MIM strats and they vary greatly. A friend of mine has one and his sounded great next to mine and were were playing through similar amp set ups. The pickups on this guitar are, in my opinion worthless. The sound they produce isn't warm and doesn't sustain at all. It kinda hits for a minute then dies. Note, this was just for my particular guitar. My friends sounded good. But be warned that the instrument sound can vary greatly from one to another. This is why I am giving it a poor rating. If I were rating my friends, I would be a better rating.
Durability:
The guitar is built like a guitar. When I got it, I noticed that the two screws closest to the bridge were stripped from who knows what. I know I got the guitar new, so I'm assuming that it came this way from tightening at the factory. Other than that, the guitar looks like it will last for a long time.