Fender Roadhouse Stratocaster

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description Sunburst finish, roadhouse pickups
Posted By Jeff Saal (5)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
Rate/Review This Resource
Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
Rating Votes %
0 0 ||
2 100 ||
0 0 ||
0 0 ||
0 0 ||
From 2 votes total

Member Reviews


On 4/5/2005, Kevin Browder (132) posted:
Overall Rating:
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
Features:
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 50's
Playability:
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
Durability:
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.
On 8/19/2001, Benjamin Hui (21) posted:
Overall Rating:
Excellent guitar, great value for money.
Model Year: 1995
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music store
Features:
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.
Playability:
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
Durability:
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.