Stratocoustic review by Fender

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (27 votes)
Fender: Stratocoustic

Price paid: $ 158

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 8
A bit quieter than I would have hoped but still an amazing guitar to learn on and just have fun on. The stocks strings don't do it justice. I highly recommend a smaller string for it otherwise it just sounds a bit off. After changing the strings it works great for softer classic rock, jazz, blues and some country. For metal it is a bit off but still not bad as a cheap practice guitar.

Overall Impression — 9
I play a little bit of everything, and it seems to work out for most genres. Only genres it doesn't match that great are classical country and metal. If I lost it I would definitely buy another. One of the only things I wish it had was a different tuner, not just because this one can be off, but I would prefer one that showed how far off you are not just a general direction to tune it.

Reliability & Durability — 6
Almost everything on it seems like it would hold up. I only play it for a small class but if given the opportunity I feel it would be able to perform. Only issue I have is at times the tuner doesn't register right. If performing Live I would check the tuning on a different tuner to be sure on the sound.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action was adjusted perfectly. It is not to low or to high. Everything on is was pretty close to perfect. Only small problem was a few scratches on the front, but I bought it from a friend Who bought it a few weeks before from guitar center so it could have been scratched after leaving the factory.

Features — 9
Finish: Satin, (Polyurethane) Top: Laminated Spruce Bracing: X Bracing Back and Sides: 1-Piece Fiberglass Neck: Maple Fingerboard: Rosewood No. of Frets: 21 Bridge: Fender Rosewood with Compensated Saddle Machine Heads: Chrome, (Die-Cast) Electronics: BG3-TN Preamp with Built-In Tuner: Volume, bass, middle, treble, low Battery indicator light, tuner On/Off Switch Scale Length: 25.5" Body Depth: 3" Width at Nut: 1.69" Width at Heel: 2.12" Unique Features: Oval Sound hole, dot position inlays, Strat headstock, Fender body shape Strings: D'Addario EXP-26 Phosphor Bronze, Gauges .011 to .052

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