If this ax were lost or stolen I would find its twin. I looked at a ton of guitars before I settled on this one. Which I did the first time I held it and played it - un amped. I most like the neck scale, the playability and sound. It's pretty light weight (compared to a Les Paul) and I can gig for hours without shoulder wear out. Two things I would love to do:
1. Hardtail the thing.
2. I like to get up the fretboard - I'd like to see 22 or 24 frets.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Showcase, San Jose, Ca
This strat is made at the Fender Plant in Ensenada Mexico. A poplar body, maple neck and 21 fret fretboard. It has standard strat controls, medium jumbo frets, three Texmex pickups. This has a vintage look with the older style tuners, which stay well in tune, and the tinted maple neck. I bought it new. It is no longer manufactured, but the Jimmy Vaughn signature strat is nearly Identical in every aspec, except that has a single ply pickguard. The Texmex has a three ply pickguard. Whe I bought it, it was well setup - it had one little neck ding and a pinhead sized paint flaw on the lower bout.
The action on this guitar is as smooth as honey. The solid maple neck accentuates this. I took off the trem bar and cinched up the movable bridge - this made the action easier and faster - it's the fastest action I've ever felt! The neck is flat - I think a shallow V radius so you can realy surround the neck with your hand.
The sound is alive. I use a Roland amp. I play a lot of blues and the bridge pickup just squeals - some freinds say it's too bright but for my style this is the sound I look for. The middle pickup is reverse wound so if you play in the 2 or 4 positions on the selector you get a humbucker cancelling effect. I don't use this. I do use the neck pick up a lot to get the smoother tone on some leads.
I've been playing this guitar for four years. I've adjusted the intonation once. This ax rarely even goes out of tune - I use #10 Vintage Danelctros and Gibson bright wires. The finish is starting to wear off of the maple fret board, which in no way compromises playability. If you like the worn vintage look - this gets better with age. Never had any problems