Sound — 9
This guitar is very old. Coming up to it's 30th I believe and it is very, very nice. The only thing is, the bridge has lost nearly all of it's output, but, as a project, me and my dad are going to swap out the pickups on it, for some GFS boutique alnico premium texas pickups. This guitar features a little bit of hum, but not too bad. I play through a Peavey rage trans tube 158 and, on the middle pickup I can get a lovely, glassy, shimering Mark Knopfler tone. On the neck it's really soulful, and if I throw a little bit of distorion onto that I get a lovely Jimi Hendrix tone. Perfect for Sunshine of your love, crossroads, purple haze, etc.
Overall Impression — 10
This is an old, battered, worn Strat copy. It does what it says on the tin. Be kind to it and it will reward you back. I don't care if it's not technically as good as a Fender, or it doesn't sound as good as one, or whatever. When you pick it up, it just feels like "Hello, old friend, what do you want to play today?" I can't describe it. It's not just an old, battered Strat copy, it's my old, battered Strat copy and somehow, I think it knows it. If it got knicked, I would be gutted, because not only that, this is very, very rare, too. Oh well. If I found Who it was, I would literally smash his face in with it.
Reliability & Durability — 7
It has never broken down on me, but my dad went mental with the whammy bar on it, the bar snapped and became lodged in the little hole. He managed to unscrew it using a drill, but this is very old, and it is s hard getting a whammy bar for such an old bridge. Speaking of which, is very matt grey, I think it has oxidised, oh well, I might just swap it out. If this can stand 30 years of playing in a band, getting digs on it, getting abused, it can withstand a live show. The strap buttons, I do believe, are held in with some kind of magic force field which prevents them from coming out.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I wouldn't know about this, as it's old and my dad has had a fiddle with the string height, but the action is relatively low, the tuners are schaller copies, and he bridge is ok. I will swap put the tuners, not that theirs anything wrong with them, it's just that there are better ones out there, if you know what I mean.
Features — 8
This is what you'd expect really, just a staight up, no frills Strat copy, abeit one with a retro 3-way selector! If I am going to get a guitar, I look at the body wood. I didn't really have that luxury, but I'm told it's plywood; however, even though it's plywood, don't be a snob. It sounds very nice acoustically, and through an amp.