I would really like a custom, semi-hollow body. For the price range, this guitar is of excellent value, however, I would definitely try to move up into something closer to what I really want: exotic woods including EBONY fretboard, push-pull pickup selector (10 settings), light lacquer/finish (minimal), through-body (maybe).
Model Year: 1988
Where Obtained: Previous Owner
Made in California, Body wood unknown, fretboard is Indian Rosewood, neck is spruce (bolt on), Grover tuners, 21 frets, 2 tone/1 volume knob, standard strat pickups (fender), classic fender bridge.
Playability is pretty nice, but I've really beat the heck out of this one. I've played hundreds of gigs with it as well as making it my main practice instrument. I call it "the workhorse" because I really don't have any regards for the looks; I am purely interested in tone and playability. It needs a couple hundred worth of maintenance work right now, including: fret crowning, intonation check, setup check, electronics resoldering, locking strap pegs, new bone nut.
I have been using a Roland Jazz Chorus 77 for about the last 10 years. I just can't seem to get rid of this amp! I rarely turn it past 5 and it screams above and beyond everything else if I need it to. I play all musical styles and this setup really caters to whatever I'm looking for in a sound. Overall, it's pretty warm, round, and lush sounding. There certainly are much nicer guitars but this one has served me well. I use a TS9 (vintage) Tube Screamer and a DOD envelope filter as well as a Dunlop Cry Baby Wah unit (vintage). If I don't use a good, grounding power strip, it tends to have a little buzz. It sounds great on stage and in studio, although I would have to lean towards the stage as far as the final sound.
The finish is severely cracked from making the journey from California to Colorado, however, the specs have not been affected THAT much. Truss rod adjustments (minute) have corrected and warp/bow issues. Durability is probably the most outstanding feature of this guitar. Once the strings have a day to stretch, it stays in tune relatively well.