Price paid: £ 739
Purchased from: PMT birmingham
Sound — 10
WOW the sound is amasing! Now the Fender Strat was made for blues, surf, rock, country in fact anything. I did try some yngwie which really did work however if you want to sound like him you need the neck and bridge pick ups as stacked pick ups and a scalloped neck. The neck pick up is the best sound in the world. With a little gain and slap reverb you sound just like SRV, Hendrix and John Mayer. the neck pick up can cope with most styles but don't over do the OD use harldy and gain but crank the volume and you'll sound really cool.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this is a must for every guitarist. Personally I think you only need two guitars to really rock, a Fender Strat and a Gibson les paul, obviously there's guitars with spicky bits that seem all cool and mean, but when you plug this into a Marshall and rip out the solo from voodoo chile or since you've been gone the guitar all makes sense. If it got stolen I would probably cry untill I got it back or I bought another one. This guitar is one of the two greatest guitars in the world and I order you to buy one. Stop buying toy spicky guitars that look mean but sound like a baked bean can with a rubber band on it and buy the guitar Hendrix, clapton, John Mayer, SRV, Eric Johnson, yngwie, richie blackmore, joe walsh infact I bet every guitarist you've heard of has owned/got or wants a Fender.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Its a Fender, so it's made to get beaten up. it's made in America so you can't go wrong with build quiality. The only problem is that if a string snaps, with the bridge set and the angle the rest of the strings may go out of tune, but when you restrng the guitar make sure you stretch in the strings and they wont go out of tune. When you take the sticker off the trem arm there is a small spring that may fall out, this keeps the arm steady, so don't loose it, I suggest that you put it in the treem arm bag when you arn't playing the d=guitar or using the arm.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Fender say that the back of the bridge should be 1/4 inch from the body and mine is that. every thing about this guitar shows that Fender took a lot of time and effoert designing and building these guitars. They fell just like a Strat should feel, they sound like a Strat should feel. The olympic white is slightly darker than the Squier olympic white, this gives it a worn/loved feel than makes it look even cooler when you open the supplied hard case, which I have to say is much better than the old shaped one.
Features — 10
This is the new Fender american Strat. It has a maple neck, with jumbo frets and is finished in olympic white. The neck feels like it has been played and the three single coil pick ups are Standard american Fender pick ups. The tunes are like the old Fender tunes that get smaller and you work away from the nut. The case includes a Fender cable, strap, and a trem arm.