Easy to spank with expression style. The Texas Specials aren't my first
choice in Fender pickups, but they do what I want them to do. This thing
is there any time I need it, and it hasn't let me down yet.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hot Licks Guitars
Made in USA. Alder body, Maple neck and fingerboard. 22 Med Jumbo
frets. Vol, 2 tones, 5-way. SSS with Texas Specials and passive mid-boost
(ooh, neat different pot). Light green? Poly finished with rolled
fingerboard. It's all strat with a modern 2-point tremolo. Standard sealed
cast tuners. I would've given it a 4 in features, but I prefer the vintage
tremolo. I should've gotten an American Vintage 57 or a Mexican Classic
Beautiful action as with any strat (I've owned many). Simple modular
system of the strat is perfect for that. Neck is good, but I prefer
Nitrocellulose laquer. I love the powder saddles, much easier on the
fingers. That's a plus and a minus as with the two point tremolo. You lose
some stability and sustain, but gain added playability. Still a 4 because of
the polyurethane finish.
Morley Wah and Danelectro OD into a 1994 Fender Blues Deluxe (last of
the US Production Fenders) or straight into a DSL100/1960B half stack
with Rocktron Intellifex Rack Chorus and Delay. I play Rock, Pop, Surf,
Jazz, Blues, Country, and Christian originals. I can pull off a decent
vintage strat spank with it through my current setup. May be a little
bright and tinny with solid state, but no complaints with it through tubes.
Standard hum on 1, 3, and 5. Versatile. Could be used anywhere as many
pros have proven.
It's Fender! Of course it's reliable. I wouldn't use it if it weren't. A little
less tuning stability than vintage, but warm the strings up before you
tune and it works just fine. I use a lot of dive-bombs with my non-locking
Fenders and I don't have a problem.
Excellent guitar, great value for money.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music store
USA made Strat. 22-fret maple neck. 3 passive Texas Specials single-coil pickups with 5-way switching and 3 control knobs, 1 for volume, 2 for tone. The guitar is basically similar to other Strats.
It's a versatile guitar with an action that's just right for your rhythm and lead-playing needs. The smooth V-shaped neck provides extra playing agility. So far the only necks I feel that match this one are the ones on Ibanez guitars. I've played other guitars, but this one still gets my vote.
I play my Roadhouse Strat with a Boss BD-2 pedal through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp. I normally play the blues and rock for I believe these genres of music are the ones this guitar was made for! The Texas Specials provide a multitude of sounds to choose from, anything from bright and warm to dark and heavy. The only setback is the annoying hum from the pickups, which is why I recently changed the neck and bridge pickups to Dimarzio single-coil humbuckers.
I've had this guitar for over a year and so far it hasn't given me any problems. Electronics are still doing fine and the whole thing is still holding up. The only problem here is its tuning when used with a whammy bar. Using one will usually cause the strings to detune giving some problems.