Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 3
It doesn't sound like a regular Strat. It sounds a lot cheaper but does have a unique sound that can be a bit of fun. There is a lot of feed back. Getting the sound you are looking for isn't always easy, I am using a 15 Watt Ibanez, a Boss Phase Shifter and Blues Driver. The guitar has it's own messy sound. I wouldn't recommend buying it for the sound quality at all.
Overall Impression — 4
I play a lot of classic rock, heavy metal, and I try a bit of blues from time to time. I like to play a lot of songs from the '70s and '80s and getting the sounds that I want from the guitar to match what I am looking for from the song I'm playing just doesn't happen. This guitar was great for when I was a beginner but now that I have started to gain some experience and play other guitars and have started to move up this guitar just wont do it. I've had it for 2 years and it is at its ends. I would never plan to buy a guitar like this unless I was to buy it for someone else Who wants to learn.
Reliability & Durability — 6
There is no way this guitar is meant for Live playing unless you plan to destroy it. In fact I plan to take my soldering iron to it in just a few minutes. The pickups have gotten some rusty spots and I think the sound quality is slowing starting to go. The input jack is falling out and the chord must be in a certain position for it to work. I have had a few chips in the paint along with a few minor dents in the cheap wood. But overall it still looks nice and shiny.
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
The Action was extreamly high when I got it. At the time I didn't know much better so I had a friend try to lower it. Over time I began to know how it all works and the action is still annoyingly high. I have lowered it adjusted everything possible without buying a new guitar and if I put it any lower there is a nasty buzzing sound you get from the frets and the strings. The guitar overall looked nice and was well put together. The neck was bowed when I got it and still, sadly is. The pickups were high and have been lowered. Overall if you get what you pay for and is an alright guitar to learn on. The high action is a bit of a set back though.
Features — 7
The guitar came with no specifications as to where or when it was made. 21 frets on a Rosewood neck. Has a metallic red finish. Whammy bar sits a little high and is a bit uncomfortable at times. I tend to not have it in when I don't plan to use it. Honestly there isn't much to say about the guitar. The tuners were a bit loose when I got it so they needed to be tightened up a bit. The action was set really high.