The only weird thing about these is the pseudo-Kahler trem these come with. They're a little strange. Takes some getting used to.
Where Obtained: E-bay
I prefer the ones with the black painted necks. They're a little harder to find, but so fast, and so sweet!
I've switched both of my Jap. Strats out for conventional SSS setups with Tex-Mex pickups. If I want a Strat with dual humbuckers, I'll use one of my Ibanez RG's.
Reliable? Sort of. I guess as reliable as any 20 year old Strat. They require a bit of tinkering to keep them sharp. But, they always stay in tune no matter what the weather. You could leave it sit for a year in the basement (not that I would), and it'd still be in tune.
Mostly fender strats but also checked out G&L guitars.
It could use heavier frets and an overwind on the pick-ups to give that overdriven sound. It's a good guitar definitly born to wail the blues.
Model Year: 1988
Where Obtained: guitar center
I don't know what year specifically. the serial # is as follows
it's got stock pick-ups, a white finish, tremelo bridge,
and as far as I can tell stock tuners. It was made in japan and it has a maple neck with 22 frets that look to be stock medium jumbo.
NO comment really...the neck feels fast and the damage is limited to little nicks on the neck....the paint is wearing off from heavy stumming.
I play Blues/Rock with a little jazz in there. I use fender amps and seem to get a pretty clean tone. the pick ups aren't as hot as I want them to be but there good enough. I can get feedback but I have figured out how to control it and it does sound better in more open stage like environments.
I put a beatin on this thing and it's still goin!!!
So I would say it's durable
It isn't a good re-issue or a " Relic ", but I think it will be good enough for me to learn a little on?
Where Obtained: private sale
Cherry Red, W/Maple neck ( I've been told by professional players it has a really good neck). standard 3 pickup 5-way switch setup, with Liscensed floyd Rose Tremelo. it came with a all white pick gaurd and pickups...I have baught 2 seymour duncans..I plan to out a JB Jr. in the bridge, and a Hot Satck in the neck, I am currently looking for a Duckbucker for the middle on Ebay. ( all Black ) as well as putting in a 62 style black pickgaurd. ...any suggestions gladly excepted.
I find that i am gravitating towards older guitars(archtop, f-hole, etc.) my strat was given to me as my fisrt guitar so it is therefore sentimental and priceless. however i think for a guy who could never actually play guitar, leo fender made a few guitars that should be in every ones collection(strat and tele).
Model Year: 1990
Price: $350.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Long and McQuade
Rosewood fret board, put five springs in to allow for 54's(srv style). layed down the trem cause it took to long to tune after string changes. it takes the abuse that i give it (i play agressively). have been told by many guitar techs that the japanese strat has a stronger neck then the u.s. model. one thing though is that the five way selector is not as good a quality as others.
Sounds like humbuckers in there( huge tone). it was my first guitar and is now 12 years old so it has about 4 bottles of lemon oil in the neck and lots of character(a ding here and there) there is also a ren sticker(ren and stimpy)and three scratch and sniff stickers on it. i also took the pick guard off and gave her a name(Kyla).
I have a 73' fender reverb deluxe, a traynor mark III(200 watt combo)also a 73' and a traynor guitar mate(basically half of the mark III, closed back, 65 watt, single 12") i also have 8 other guitars including a tokiye telecaster(not sure how to spell it) and a thin line semi-hallow body f-hole japanese archtop( don't know who made it)any way the japanese strat sounds great and i would never even think of selling it.very versitile.
Ibanez, washburn, yamaha forget itthis strat delivers. dive bomb a 1am and resurface to tonal freedom.
Model Year: 1987
Where Obtained: dealer
Bought a low end jap strat created monster...put a custom shop 22 fret headstock matched neck, dimarzio super dist, two fender lace singles, floyd rose. nuff said.it's not a guitar it's an extention of my arm.
Action hot as fire, the polishet frets melt the strings like butter, because of the floyd, you can beat it to death at 2:59 and never have to retune, but you do lose a bunch of sustain because of the fr.
I play through a m80 through a pod,tonally there's nothing you can't reproduce(except randy's wicked fluidity). great for hard rock/blues. a great stage guitar,never dies.
Very reliable,intonation perfect. straplocks, black chrome includng floyd rose, only problem is if you happen to snap a string mid-lead, you have to drop your key a half step because the"floating" tremelo sinks.