Price paid: $ 999
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
You probably already guessed what I was trying to achieve from this guitar. It works great for playing Texas blues. The way I have it set up keeps it limited to the styles/sounds that can be created, however, this is still a very versatile guitar. As long as your not after a humbucker sound, this guitar could be used to play anywhere from jazz to country.
Overall Impression — 10
Basically i bought this Strat to achieve the SRV tone. So far it has delivered. Even playing through a Line 6 spider, it sounds good. Stock, this guitar is much more versatile in terms of style/sound than the way I have it setup. Not as versatile as a Gibson ES-335. Bottom line is this is a professional guitar. Unless there is a problem from the factory, it should make your guitar playing shine.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar seems pretty solid. I can't imagine what problems a gigging musician might have. Hell, look at the abuse Stevie's NO. 1 went through. My only problem with it is gonna be getting a fret job done so it doesn't damage the fretboard. I've had it about 2 years now and their are some deep pits on the fret wires. This is no discrepancy against the guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action was very low from the factory. Very easy to play. Then I threw some .013-.056's on it (brought the action up) and you can wear your fingers out pretty quick. My only criticism was with the finish. There was a small hairline crack on the body where the neck is bolted on to the body. However that is minor compared to what is on it now. I don't buy guitars for their aesthetic appeal. They are tools to get the job done.
Features — 10
2007 model American Standard Strat(ASS) Olympic White Finish, Rosewood Fretboard. Replaced Stock pick-ups with Texas Specials. Replaced the Fender Bullet strings with Ernie Ball .013-.056 gauge. 3 knobs to control overall volume and then tone for the bridge and neck pickups. Pretty much a no nonsense guitar.