A great guitar, and an excellent guitar regarding the price. Perfect look, GREAT playability, excellent durability. Nice, long sustain. Holds tune even in changing temperatures, doesn't care of humidity.
The only element, which needs replacement, is the single coil pickup, but only if you have very sensitive and demanding ear. And BEWARE, getting used to it's neck makes it hard to play on typical strats.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Holdys Music Store
Made in Japan. Alder body, rosewood neck. 24 JUMBO frets. 6-string. Standard 5-way switch to control the H/S/H setup. One vol and one tone knob. Active electronics. Standard nonexcellent-quality factory pickups (that's the only feature wich makes the rating: 4, not 5). Natural satin finish. Double-cutaway body. Floyd Rose licensed tremolo. Locking tuners.
Easy and pleasant to play. Sleek neck, big frets, low string position - perfect for fast shredding. Small neck radius may be unsatisfactory for guitarists not used to such, but it's really comfortable. The factory configuration doesn't require much strenght from the player, wich makes it easy to get used to it.
Nice, saucy overdriven sound even on small crate-amps (even those of 10W power!), when plugged to at least 30W speakers. At small amps overdrive sounds little buzzy. Clean and natural, but not satisfactory, when not equalized, sound from the single coil pickup - wich needs replacement if you're a demanding player. The guitar amazingly well pretends to sound like an acoustic, thanks to a very long sustain provided by the solid body.
Very durable, survived multiple hardfalls wich left only unnoticable scratches. A 4-bolt-on neck. Not a chance it would fall apart when dropped on the floor.