It's no Les Paul, but I'd never get rid of it.
Price: $450.00 (new)
Japan made with a basswood body (I think). I like the maple fretboard and oversized headstock. This is the only thing that sets it apart from other Strats.
The neck is really slim which makes it great if you have small hands. There's a buzz in the low E that I wish I could fix. I'm no Leo Fender.
I play it through a Bullet reverb amp with the usual distortion/overdrive/chorus/delay pedals. In certain areas I can pick up radio stations with my Wah pedal set the right way. It's the typical sound you would expect from single coil pickups.
The neck made a creaking noise when I first bought it. Everytime I bent a string I would hear a "crick". When I brought it back to the store to be looked at they gave me a song and dance about how bolt on necks will do that. But then they fixed it and it hasn't happened again in 6 years. I've banged it around and nothing has ruined it. The paint in the dots on the side of the fretboard is starting to run.
This was my first electric guitar, and it's lasted me 4 years. No significant problems, and I don't forsee any either. All in all, its great
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Zak's Musical Instruments
Made in Japan, 1 piece maple neck, 21 frets, rosewood figerboard, I think 2 piece alder body. Master volume, two tones. 3 standard Fender single coil pickups, 5-way switching. 3 tone sunburst, white/black/white pickguard. Non locking, vintage Fender tuners, vintage Fender tremolo.
The action is very good. I've never had a problem with the neck, but the medium size frets make it a little less playable. I prefer Jumbo frets. It actually plays much better than other guitars I've played and it feels more natural.
I use a Fender HOT amp, and the guitar sounds good playing blues, rock, or heavy metal. the sound is a tad twangy, even after I've fiddled with the tone knobs. The sound of my other guitar is far superior, probably cuz I have DiMarzio's in it. I want to replace all the pickups with some Seymour Duncans or DiMarzio's. I'd say that. But apart from normal single coil hum, its just fine. I've never played in a studio, so as far as I know, its good for stage.
It's accumulated quite a few chips over the years, but only cuz I dropped it so many times. Apart from that, the neck and the elctronics are in amazing shape. both screws of the strap buttons became loose and I had to replace the screws with bigger ones, but apart from that, the guitar is extremely durable
I shopped for 2 years for my first strat. This one was my first out of many that I have owned. I cant buy it again if its lost or stolen since it's not made anymore, but if I found one used I would go for it. Not many of those around though. I love how the guitar has aged... looks like a real 1968 strat now with the neck discoloring and the paint fading. Very pretty guitar aged and new. I do really like the neck and the action on it. This guitar is recognizable now. People can tell when Im playing this guitar instead of my others.
Price: $469.00 (new)
Where Obtained: music lovers shoppe
Japan produced in 1989. Features an alder body. 2 piece maple neck with maple 21 fret fingerboard. 3 Fender classic single coils(now dimarzio class of 55' single coils). The body has a 3tone sunburst finish. Vintage style tremolo system(blocked on my model). Japanese reissue Kluson tuning pegs.
Even after 10 years of everyday playing the guitar still has very good action. No neck bends, no intonation problems at all. Action is light and aggressive. This guitar will fight you back showing its no pushover.
No noise. I play it thru a Fender Performer 650 combo. Ive had many rig setups and this guitar has played thru them all. It has sounded excellent and unique thru them all. This guitar at this stage of the game has a sound all its own. Some 60 cycle hum but to be expected from single coils. Just added a Fender TBx tone dial to bring out some more mid range tones. It barks but has a nice softer side that I tend to prefer.
Lasted me the last 10 years I think that says alot about the build quality of this guitar. Adjustment once a year just to be safe. Strap locks are perfect orginals never loosened once on me. Like any guitar the 5 way switch needs to be replaced every so often since I use it so much.