Sound — 10
As it is equipped with 2 humbuckers, the guitar can produce some deep sound. Ofcourse, for those who prefere the edgy sound of single coils, than all you gotta do is press the Switch on the volume knob. The type of music this guitar is suited for is varied. I tried out punk, metal, funk and classic rock on this axe and there was nothing wrong with it. I really can't come up with a sound flaw on this guitar.
Overall Impression — 8
Brilliant guitar, but not exactly my type. Unlike Gibson guitars, Fender's don't produce that 'deep tone' that I prefere. But, then again, nothing beats Fender for it's reputation of being the world's number 1. This guitar is a fine example of what Fender is capable of. But I do think other Fender Strats are better than this modern design version. However, if you are those who like the edgy punk-rock/metal, then this guitar is pretty much perfect for you.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Well, I can't say that it would remain scratchless if I throw it onto a wall, but it's very strong indeed. Everything is well put together and the neck is nicely stuck on the body. Like all guitars, it will wear off eventually, and Fender has a reputation for having soft frets, but the guitar is extremely reliable and durable. It's a Fender for crying out loud!
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The "Made in USA" mark on the headstock gives you a hint how well the guitar was made. There's nothing wrong with anything apart from the pickups. The pickups are not Seymour Duncans and they do look quite cheap. Fender could have used better pickups for such a high priced guitar. I'm alittle disappointed. But not too much.
Features — 8
This Strat is quite different from the original Strat models. It's just a "beefed" up version of the original Strat. It has 22 medium jumbo frets, alder body, chrome hardware etc. The 2 Humbucker pickups make this Strat really stand out from the crowd. It is visually impressive and the black pickguard makes it look even better. But, there's no features which is amazing but looking at it just makes your mouth water.