Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: ???
Features: This is the signature Bonnie Raitt Stratocaster. A fine guitar, made in 1996 in the US. In 2000, however, these models have been dropped from Fender's line. If you happen to find one, have a loaded wallet, for these are, with good reason, very expensive. Not to mention that Bonnie Raitt is still the only female with a signature Stratocaster in her honor. The body is made from light-weight solid alder, with a Vintage route. Also, there are Vintage style tuners on the head of the guitar. Texas pickups are equipped on the guitar as well. The bridge is a Vintage tremolo, with Fender-stamped saddles. The neck is a light rosewood with maple and a satin finish. Moving on to other details, the controls are quite nice. It has a 5-way selector, along with volume and tone. Since these are not made anymore, you'd be lucky to get a case with this guitar. The frets are Medium Jumbo, and there are 22 of them. That's the whole exterior of the guitar. // 9
Sound: This sig model sounds incredibly nice with different sound settings. It is a naturally loud guitar, so you might wanna keep your amp volume low. From my experiences with it, it has a nice rock/blues feel to it. Because it's so loud, distortion should be kept almost completely low. It shakes ceilings. The sound is a little bright on one of the 5-way settings, but can be rich, and then full. The guitar is well suited for just about anything once you play it, that is if you find it. // 10
Action, Fit & Finish: This guitar was in near mint condition when I got it. I really have little to worry about, and because of the rarity, guitar shops take very special care of these models if they get them. Everything was fine. // 8
Reliability & Durability: From my understanding, the Strat sig was used quite a bit, and seems like it's new. These guitars may not live in factories, but in careful hands, will last for years. You probably should keep a backup depending on your playing style, but I think this guitar can handle just about anything. // 8
Overall Impression: This guitar is a wonderful match for me. I play rock and blues tunes, and as said earlier, this guitar specializes in that area. I wouldn't try to go on a wild goose chase if I lost it, but if I had the money and found it, you can bet I'll get a new one. I say it sounds great, it's sturdy, and is very reliable. 'Nuff said. // 10