Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Blind Faith Enterprises--Winchester, Virginia
Sound — 7
This is my first electric guitar, so I don't have any valuable input and I currently don't play with any effects. The amp I use is a Fender Frontman and it comes through pretty well. The style music I play is rock/punk/emo and the guitar didn't do badly as a learning instrument. Made in the U.S.A.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for a little over two years now on an acoustic guitar and used this guitar in an attempt to broaden my musical horizons. When I bought the guitar, I was looking for a name brand, like Ibanez or Fender, and when the rep showed me the guitar I was kind of taken back because I had never heard of "Eleca". However, after he played it and I played what parts of songs I knew he said, "A Strat is a Strat, why pay more just to get the brand name?" Other than the initial work I had done, I have no complaints and would dare to say this is a pretty good guitar for a newbie.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I take it with me while transitioning between home, my dorm, and my friends' houses and have had no problems plugging it right in as soon as I get there and playing it. I don't have any kind of transport covering for it so it has fallen, been dinged, dropped (once), and open to the elements and throughout all of that it still plays well.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
When I first got it, the sales rep had to do some fret work on it to get the fret edges to be flush with the side of the neck. However, I had to get some additional work done on the bridge and bridge plate to eliminate the burrs the sales rep left that was snagging the strings and wearing them out. The truss rod had to be adjusted and the string height had to be set a little higher than it originally was in order to avoid buzzing. A few of the frets were a little high and required a fret job to also help with the buzzing problem. All-in-all the repairs and tweaks cost only 25 dollars.
Features — 8
2005 electric Sunburst print alder Stratocaster style body with Strat-style type vibrato bridge, no-name non-locking tuners, typical Stratocaster width and length 25.5" scale 22 fret maple bolt-on neck with rosewood fingerboard, 3 single coil no-name pickups with 5-way selector, two tone and one volume controls with passive electronics.