She looks good, sounds good, and handles good, and she loves me and I love her. Can't ask for much more'n that out of an ax.
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: friend
97 Fender Custom Shop Strat, made in USA. Select alder body, tinted flamed maple neck with 6130 fretwork, 22 frets, 6-string, one volume and two tone knobs with 5 way switch, sss pickup configuration, passive electronics, Custom Shop Texas Special p'ups, bridge p'up wired to a tone pot, gold finish, double cut away, string thru body with Floyd Rose trem. All gold hardware. Originally, the ax came with a custom tweed case, a second set of p'ups, a dozen custom picks and a tweed strap.., but none of those items are in my possession.
At first, the gold finish was not to my liking. But now...Jeeze, I really like it and I've actually acquired another gold colored ax.
The action is set moderately low. I use a bastardized set of strings fron 10's to 46. The neck is the best I've ever played on, bar none. If there's a flaw on her, I ain't found it.
Lately I've been playing thru a Vox AD30VT and a Fender 112SE. She sounds as well as can be expected out of these amps. I've played her through a Hot Rod and she sounded really sweet, and once through a little BadCat that stole my heart...creamiest distortion I've ever heard.
I play mostly bluz, classic rock, a little country, and some rockabilly. Nothing fancy, for sure. I can get a plethora of sounds out of it, just like with any Strat. I've yet to meet a Strat that wasn't versatile.
I don't think there's any question if it is reliable enough to gig with, although I haven't played out much since I got her. I think most gittar pickers would take more than one ax with them whether they thought one would hold up or not. I drop her off with my cuz now and then for a tune-up (he's the gittar tech for a couple music stores in our area), but usually we just pick and grin after he looks her over. No problems with any of the hardware of electronics.
I am pretty much a Fender fan. I`ve played them since the 50s and I have never been disapointed . I`ve owned at least a dozen. Some have suited me better, but they were all good. All guitars are a little different and have features that you will like better. My advice is to do as I have. Buy several. I`ve owned Gibson and liked them also, but I will always own a Fender.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $1800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Greystone Music Henderson NC
Made in USA Custom Shop. Maple neck 6 strings 5 way switch. tone and volume control. No tone control on bridge pickup.3 Texas special pickups.Black Holloflake color. cutaway string thru body fender tuners.
After owning a 72 tele thinline I cannot obtain that action, but its good. No visible flaws.