Sound — 10
My music style is Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, but I do a lot of other stuff with it. I play anything from the Eagles, the Beatles, Metallica, Godsmack, 311, Sublime, Guns N' Roses and a lot more. I use a Fender Frontman 25R ($229.99) amp with no other effects. Although I plan to get a Boss pedal soon, I can't say how that will turn out. The guitar is incredible sounding, and the humbucking pickups alow rich, full sound while the Tex-mex delivers a more twangy, high-treble sound. This guitar can do whatever you want it to. It's one of the best Fender offers, and if you're looking to get something that you will never come up short with, this is your guitar.
Overall Impression — 10
As mentioned earlier, I play a lot of different music, and this guitar can play it all. I own two other guitars, one electric and one acoustic, both of normal quality. If this guitar was taken from me by one twist of fate or another, I'd go right back and buy it again. I love everything about this guitar and hate nothing, as you can see by all the 5's. I say that if you have the movey for this baby, get it. You're gonna love it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Not a single scratch or spot on the guitar when it came. The pickups were adjusted perfectly, the bride was routed fine and everything was secure and good sounding. After you tune it you're ready to go.
Features — 10
The American Deluxe Strat HSS delivers all the refined features found on the American Deluxe Strat, but brimming with beefy tone thanks to a Fender DH-1 humbucking pickup, the S-1 switching system, and an LSR Roller Nut with locking machine heads. The two Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups (neck and middle) are wound extra hot for proper balanced with the humbucking pickup. The amazing S-1 switching system lets you Switch instantly from humbucking to single coil tones - just tap the Switch hidden in the crown of the master volume knob.