I was in the market for a well priced Fender because im on a budget and this was just as good as the American Strats i tried. I perfer the look of this one too, the transparent finish and the maple neck. Im left handed, the chance of someone stealing it is slim to none, but i would replace it immediately.
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
All American production. The body is alder and has a laquer paint job which is great for resonence, looks vintage. I got the maple neck because i love the feel of the maple tan necks over the black rosewood necks. 22 "medium" frets. 3 Single coils, great for jazz and blues. The bridge on this guitar is better than other Fenders because you can screw the bar all the way and make it a fixed bridge or screw it out and use the whammy bar. Im fond of this option.
Great for rhythm and solos. I love maple necks, has the option of rosewood also. I would challenge more expensive Fenders with this.
I use a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe(a tube amp) and the two(guitar and amp) are the perfect match, vintage look and feel. The two together are fit for any style of music, especially jazz and blues. I also own an Ibanez with the 2 humbuckers for louder rock situations but i love the single coils for their tone.
Others have mocked this, but the laquer finish "becomes vintage" quicker than other paint jobs, but i happen to think this is great because it adds to sound quality and looks better with this transparent finish. Playing steady is fine, plus its American made, rarely ever re-adjust locks, hardware, etc.
I love strats. My first guitar was a mexi standard. This guitar exceeds my expectations. Given its low price to quality ratio, the beginners who have the means would find a great setup in this guitar. Even seasoned players who don't already own an american standard, and don't need the newer bridge style would definetly, I believe, love this guitar.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $475.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pecknel Music
This is Fenders new american made line. Has fender vintage single coils and the old style six point bridge. Laquer finish, and the electronics are supposed to be the same as the regular American Standards.
I was able to get very close action cuase you can adjust each individual string on a six point. I also tighten the bridge down to make it fixed. I love fender necks, I guess its either one of those things you love or hate. Plays like a dream.
With pickup changes I believe this guitar could cover just about any range of music. I personally play metal and classic rock with it, but whatever ya know? The stock pickups have a real warm tone, and the laquer finish allows the guitar to resonate more freely. I personally changed the pickups as soon as I got it, but if you're into blues you may want to keep them.
The only durability complaint I have is the the laquer finish. It will chip and wear off, its supposed to "vintage" out in a couple of years. But like I said, it resonates better with this finish, so, its a double edged sword.
I think i'd put it up against most american fenders, i'd deffinally take it over the american standard. and if you're thinking about just going mexican i really think you should buy this guitar instead, it's only 200 more, and for that it's worth every penny. best guitar i own as of now. only thing i could want more would be a high end gibson or maybe the dulux strat. a deffinate buy if your looking for a strat
Model Year: 2002
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local music store
This is a all american made US fender guitar. mine has a rosewood neck, you could get the maple too. the body is alder. the finish on it is sorta different though. it's a lacquer finish, which i find very attractive and i also think it makes the body breath easier, which does add to it's resonance, infact it's often a request of the custom shop, and also how many originals were. it's got all the old style hardware and electronics, which gives it that vintage feel.
It is a very sweet sounding guitar, everything's just like vintage. awsome sound
The sound quality is excellent. once again, could rival any other american fender. the pickups can be noisy, but it's a single coil what do you expect. the pickups are extremely bluesy, for that just right tone. with the right amp it can smoke.
It is sposed to age faster than most other guitars, but i like the rugged look anyways. gives the illusion i play way to often, or enough to be good.