Strats and copies can be notoriously inconsistent. Irrespective of price. You can pay a silly price for a glorified cricket bat with strings. On the other hand you can pick up a fine instrument for a bargain price. This guitar is a fine instrument.
Model Year: 1990
Where Obtained: Poland
Yes I can the actions low but not overtly so.
THe neck is very fast.
It plays better than some UK strats
It's best for blues, rock, country. It probably wouldn't suit a metal player. I wouldn't modify it for fear of losing the tone. It's fine on stage and in the studio. Machine heads could be better.I like using it with Fender style amps. I like power amp distortion none of this scooped out saturated distortion. It's very tactile and enjoyable to play.
It can handle steady live playing. It's quite tough its been dropped a few times. It sems to fare reasonably well with climate changes although changes in temperature play havoc with the tuning.
Overall I have a sense this guitar can take a beating. Given the price, I wouldn't be too terribly upset if it got scratched or dented. Unlike other brands I get the feeling this guitar was made to last a while. I had planned to upgrade electronics prior to purchase. The Fat Strat pick up configuration suits me well for a variety of musical styles of rock, R&B, blues, and retro-rock. It looks great, feels even better, and has a fair potential to be hot-rodded. I'll be hanging on to it for many years!
Model Year: 2003
Price: $225.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Larry's Music, (Medford, Oregon)
Indonesian made, maple neck, agathis body, rosewood fretboard, 60's style headstock. 22 medium jumbo frets, volume and 2 tone controls, 5 position switching. SSH pick ups, 2 way tremelo bridge. Sherwood Green (metalic) with black pick guard. Sealed tuning machines.
Surprizingly well put together guitar. The action was set to a nice low level, the truss adjustment appears to be textbook. The only possible problem might be the bridge hieght setting, as it seem to be a bit high.
The neck is smooth and feels great, matches with my acoustic nicely. This guitar hung on the hooks for a few months before purchase, and is ready for new strings.
Right now I'm working with the most basic possible 15watt amp. I have compared it to an Ibanez SZ520QM through the same amp and noticed less performance from the pick ups, not as warm or as crisp as the Ibanez. For my skill level and a broad range of styles I am learning, the guitar works well.
I've only had the guitar for a day, so far so good!
As I'm a beginner, it's actually difficult to compare this to other guitars, as I've only played this one and my playing ability is practically nil, but I'd still say this is an excellent choice for the beginner, especially if you're not sure that you'll continue playing and don't want to spend a lot of money to begin with.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $229.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
I'm just a beginner, and I've seen plenty of people bash this guitar on the web, as well as others recommend it. From my brief experience with it (I've only been playing for a couple of months now), I'd say it is a good choice for the beginner. I bought the Strat Pak which includes the practice amp as well as tuner, cord, some picks, an extra set of strings and a videotape.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: argos
Best guitar for the money,
The odd string might need a tweak now and then but other wise stays in tune all the time . Had a few dings in the body now but is holding up well to the test of time