Deluxe Stratocaster HH Review

manufacturer: Fender date: 11/09/2012 category: Electric Guitars
Fender: Deluxe Stratocaster HH
This guitar is longer offered in the Deluxe series. It is now a standard series guitar which does not offer the 5-way switch, only 3-way, and also does not have the vintage style tuners.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 10
 Features: 8
 Overall rating:
 8.5 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.2 
 Users rating:
 7.7 
 Votes:
 12 
review (1) 1 comment vote for this gear:
overall: 9.2
Deluxe Stratocaster HH Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 09, 2012
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Features: My Fender Deluxe HH Strat was made at Fender's Ensenada factory in Mexico in 1999, bought it used in 2004. - 21 frets on a rosewood fingerboard - Maple modern "C" neck, alder body - Black nitrocellulose lacquer finish - Vintage style synchonized tremelo - Vintage style tuning machines - Passive electronics, 1 master volume, two tone controls, 5-way selector Switch - 2 TexMex humbuckers - Triple ply pickguard, chrome hardware This guitar is longer offered in the Deluxe series. It is now a standard series guitar which does not offer the 5-way Switch, only 3-way, and also does not have the Vintage style tuners. // 8

Sound: Run this through a monster cable, Boss GT-3, and a Crate GLX 212 amp. No noise, able to get a great metal distortion, and clean classic rock tones with ease. Creates great bell tones in neck position yet still creats some good twang with the bridge on clean tones. For metal the neck pickups gives solid rhythm, while the bridge pickup give enough boost for solos. The fourth pickup position( towards the neck) is great for Pink Floyd and other classic rock that doesn't need the full neck humbucker, the 2nd position towards the bridge gives a soft quite sound on clean tones. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: Bought it used but it was setup to specs by the staff at Ron Zehel Guitar Center. Great action, neck and fingerboard not dried out, frets, tuners, and other hardware in great shape, everything you'd expect from a Fender. // 10

Reliability & Durability: Definately roadworthy. Wouldn't worry about a backup at a gig, it creats all the tone I want, the Vintage tuners keep it in tune for a long time, the setup creates proper string tension to allow this. The finishes that Fender puts on most of their guitars, the nitro cellulose lacquer (highway one and some standard series use a satin finish) are thick, durable and Shine bright. // 10

Overall Impression: I play metal, classic rock, and some classical, and I am able to get what I need out of it, distorted or clean. After playing this guitar, If it were lost or broken I would definately grab another Fender, can't find a more reliable, comfortable, and great sounding guitar anywhere else. As a Deluxe series guitar it was also offered with an original Floyd Rose double locking tremelo but I don't need that because I don't tune down that far on the music I play. // 10

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