'89 Stratocaster Plus review by Fender

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.2 (30 votes)
Fender: '89 Stratocaster Plus
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Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 7
It's commonly known as a blues guitar that generates that 'plink' sound. My own music style is rock and metal and it doesn't really achieve that genre of sound. I am currently using a Marshall MG100DFX amplifier along with a bit of chorus that is built into the amplifier, it sounds brilliant. It's never an extremely noisy instrument but I tend to find out that if you leave it switched on with the volume up, it gives a bit of feedback off the bottom E string and A string. The guitar makes the perfect blues, jazz and punk sound but cannot achieve the perfect metal sound. It plays more genres of music well then genres that it doesn't.

Overall Impression — 8
I am a metal player and to be perfectly honest a Fender Stratocaster Plus doesn't achieve that 'crunch' sound and therefore isn't a very good much. On the contrary, if you are a Blues, Jazz, Folk or Punk player then this is the ideal set-up for you. I have currently been playing 1 and a half years and this is a joy to be able to play after so short a period of time. I personally own: 1989 American Fender Stratocaster Plus (this guitar). Tanglewood Strat copy. Marshall MG100DFX Amp. Fender Sidekick Reverb 25 Amplifier. Behrhinger Blues Overdrive Pedal. I should have researched about them a bit more to find out the sounds they were capable of producing. If it were stolen, I would definitely think about investing in one again but I would also like to maybe buy a Gibson Les Paul or Explorer so I could finally attain a good metal sound from my equipment. The thing I love about it is the fact that I can achieve a beautiful clean sound that only a Fender could achieve. However, I do hate how, probably due to the pick-ups, I cannot achieve that heavily distorted sound I would like to achieve. My favorite feature on the Fender has to be the roller nut due to the fact that you don't need to tune it every time you want to play it. I wasn't able to compare this guitar to any others because it's in a world of it's own, truly unique although ESP and various other manufacturers have tried to create replicas but failed to create the perfect Strat sound in my opinion. I do tend to wish it had humbucker pickups so I could get a greater distortion sound although that's probably mean my clean sound will decline in quality and also, if I decided to do it myself, would decrease it's value.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will definitely withstand Live playing as I have gigged it myself and found no problems at all. The hardware seems of very good quality and in all its years, it hasn't rusted yet. The strap buttons are solid and very reliable. I will always be able to depend on it. I usually take a back-up to a gig anyway but I've never had to use it, therefore I would gig this guitar without a backup. It would take a lot of playing indeed to wear off the quality finish of this guitar, definitely made to last.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Seeing as I bought it off eBay, I wouldn't be able to compliment and criticize it due to the action when received from the factory but what I do know is that the person I bought it off only had to tune it a few times seeing as the roller nut helped it to maintain it's tune. The pickups were very well done apart from the fact that the middle pickup was slightly loose. It had a good bookmatched top and a very well routed bridge. The only fault I found with it was that when I received it the middle Lace-sensor pickup was slightly loose but again, this didn't affect the overall sound.

Features — 10
This beautiful guitar was made in 1989 in America. It comes with 22 normal sized frets stretched out along a maple fretboard that has finish of the highest quality. It has a solid top which adds to the heaviness of the whole guitar. The body of the guitar is made of solid Ash and the neck is made of solid maple which again adds to the sheer weight of this guitar. It comes in a Fiesta Red finish coated with lacquer that gives it a beautiful shine. It has a Strat body which is very comfortable to hold and play. The bridge is a Standard Strat bridge. It also has a roller nut at the neck which helps it to stay in tune a great deal and hardly ever needs major tuning. Volume controls include 3 pots which are: volume, tone and tone along with a 5-way selector switch. The pickups are brilliant Fender Lace Sensor pick-ups which contribute greatly to the beautiful sound of the guitar as a whole. The tuners are Fender locking machine heads. When I bought it, it included: an original Fender hardcase. The original Fender Strap. A set of Ernie Ball slinky strings. The original Fender tremelo arm. A Squire practice amplifier.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Mahoru
    ^Then the problem isn't in your guitar, it's in your amp, so don't give it a 7 on sound just because your amp is crap.
    thewho65
    I think I'd still take a Telecaster Plus over the Strat Plus, but it sounds liek a really cool guitar nonetheless.
    Ibeanez
    Wow...referring to 1989 like it's a vintage collector's item. That made me feel old.
    K Reyn
    Maybe I accidently read over it but how much was that bad boy?
    MellowMeadow
    Metal sounds sh*tty imo anyways, so thats not a problem. I have a strat with Lace Sensors nice guitar, sounds really huge with a Big Muff(Smashing Pumpkins use this alot on Siamese Dream) They aren't terrible, and are a step up from squier pickups, but they certainly aren't the greatest in the world. You can do better with pickups.
    xXmegaRoryXx
    i have a 89 fender stratocaster plus and i feel that these guitars are absolutly amazing. they feel great to play they sound great and with the locking tuning heads, roller nut, and hipshot tremsetter it provides violent tremolo usage and still comes back into tune.
    OrganicCage
    Acid_(b)Rain wrote: What the hell - Earthless and Iron Maiden uses a STRAT! Can't play metal my ass!
    Maiden use standard tuning and I'm not too sure earthless(they aren't metal dude...) so of course it would sound alright. In my experience, drop/down tuning a strat usually sounds pretty shitty. If you want big ass metal tones and tunings go for a different guitar.
    jungkvist
    Everyone's opinion of the Strat Plus would change for the better if they considered one thing. The Plus really isn't a Strat. While it looks and feels and plays like a Strat, it is actually a one-size-fits-all guitar. It can do just about everthiing, maybe not perfectly, but it gives one hellava try.
    Ben Wright
    Big bands manage to achieve their metal sound due to their amps. They have fantastic amps that cost a lot of money.
    rhcpfan118
    he said it in the review... "The pickups are brilliant Fender Lace Sensor pick-ups which contribute greatly to the beautiful sound of the guitar as a whole."
    Ben Wright
    Tvr wrote: if you play metal, don't buy a strat. and don't complain that it doesn't play metal, and thus only giving it a 7 in sound. sorry if this sounds harsh.
    I didn't say it can't play metal. I simply said it doesn't achieve 'the perfect metal sound.' It can create metal but not extremely well due to the pick-ups.
    JGamble
    Tvr wrote: if you play metal, don't buy a strat. and don't complain that it doesn't play metal, and thus only giving it a 7 in sound. sorry if this sounds harsh.
    x2 Especially using an MG Sweet guitar though
    Tvr
    if you play metal, don't buy a strat. and don't complain that it doesn't play metal, and thus only giving it a 7 in sound. sorry if this sounds harsh.
    dilbert_5150
    lol: Users rating: 6 I think people like to "dis" gear they don't have / can't afford :>
    HammettHead
    rhcpfan118 wrote: btw, to the reviewer... try getting a seymour duncan SHR-1 pickup, apparently they're a humbucker style pickup that'll fit in a single coil cut out.
    Yeah, I have a Fender with Dimarzio fast tracks that fit into single coil size. They're beefy mother ****ers. Great for anything including metal.
    rhcpfan118
    btw, to the reviewer... try getting a seymour duncan SHR-1 pickup, apparently they're a humbucker style pickup that'll fit in a single coil cut out.
    anarchous
    fenders are fine for metal all this talk about which guitar is metal and which is not it's just propaganda all guitars play metal it is a matter of effects and amp