I have 5 MIM strats, with really no complaints (considering the price) I have an American standard, and some Les Paul's also, so to compare it to those would be silly, but overall I do like to play these, when they are set up right.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: e bay
Sunburst with maple neck, white pickguard and pickups.
Action is very good, intonation is easy to set (and get right). Love the bursts w/ maple, but a black pickguard and pickups are in order.
Playing through a Digitech RP 2000 gives this axe a bit of an advantage over other Mexi's as I can really make it scream (even with the stock pickups). It's great for stage, but I use mostly Americans in the studio...
Considering the price tag, I'd take a few of these on the road and You will always have at least 2 working well at any given time.
I looked at some Americans, and some Ibanezes. The Mexi strats vary quite a bit, so try all of them out... I tried out five to get the one I have now. I love the neck, it feels real nice in my hand. Great guitar.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $349.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center- ughh
MIM standard strat w/ 'bucker in bridge. Maple Neck/rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets. Poplar body, with midnight blue finish (very nice). You know all the other features of a strat.
Came with excellent action, absolutely beautiful fretwork, flawless fingerboard, great connection in the neck pocket. Played a bit nicer than a few Amerian fat strats i played.
This thing kicks the crap out of my old Hamer Archtop, which I returned. The humbucker is noisy along with the single coils, but I'm going to be replacing all of them eventually; I'm putting a JB in the bridge and probably a little '59 in the neck or something. I play it through a little marshall 15 watt practice amp.
Very durable, needs to be tuned every couple of days, which is okay for just stock tuners. I don't use the tremolo very often, so I can't say how that affects it.
Prior to this purchase, I owned an Ovation Standard Elite and a G&L SC3. I was looking for a guitar with a good humbucking sound. I played many models before I decided on this one (Jackson DX-10D, Yamaha Pacifica 112, Ibanez AX 120, Ibanez GAX 70, and the like). I bought the Fender both for its looks and its sound. Not that the other models were in any way bad; the Fender just had the complete package.
I am sure that this guitar could be improved, like many others, by a pickup upgrade.
If I were to lose this guitar, I would buy another.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $389.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This is a Mexican Fat Strat (S/S/H) with a poplar body, maple neck and a brown sunburst finish. If you are interested in the technical data, consult Fender's web site.
As the guitar came from Guitar Center, the setup was terrible (in no way was it in accordance with Fender specs). I had to adjust the neck relief, intonation, the tremolo and the string heights (using the neck radius). In no way did I encounter any problems with this and the guitar now plays quite well.
The guitar came with no flaws that I have detected.
It obviously plays like a Strat - no surprises there!
This guitar's flexibility is a major reason why I purchased it. While the pickups are not of the highest caliber, they are great for the money. I really like being able to go from the sound of the neck single coil to that of the bridge humbucker.
The guitar does create hum (irrespective of the pickup selection) when you are not touching any metal component (e.g. strings) on it. However, this is not consistent; it does not do it all of the time. And, admittedly, I have not tried to diagnose the problem - it could be due to a cable, etc.
I have had the guitar for about 3 weeks now, so I really cannot provide much input here.
I can see no reason not to expect this guitar to demonstrate excellent durability. It appears to be well made.
I like this guitar of it's versatility of sounds. very much likey I would buy the guitar again. I would put instead of five i'd put seven tones. humbucker would be seymour cuncan, and single coil would be a FLS(fender lace sensors) and electronically active. My favorite thing about it is that it's a fender stratocaster instead of a squier. the bad thing about is that it isn't an american stratocaster. but none the less has is atributes to it.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $387.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center
It was a mexican made stratocaster. body was made out of Poplar. color was brown sunburst. Neck was a one piece 21 fret maple fret board. Volume two tone, S/S/H/ configuration. passive electronics. Pickups are standard fender single coil and the humbucker is a standard fender humbucker.
The neck is very contour. it fits to a hand which is very small. very easily accesed with necessary pinky reach at 20 and 21 fret.
It's a versatile guitar for player who are into blues and rhythym with it's explosive humbucker. Good for a small price.
It made to practice or just a small gig. the neck is less flexible than a korean made guitar. reliable tuners.