Purchased from: Private Sale
Sound — 9
This guitar has an absolutely beautiful sound. I'm playing it through a Traynor YCV40 with a Boss DS-1 before the amp, and an Ibanez Chorus/Flanger and Delay in the effect loop. it's fair to say that this is the most versatile guitar I have ever played. The bridge pickup is extremely bright, and almost twangy, and in combination with my amp eq/overdrive and my DS 1, I can create a variety of searing lead tones and crunchy rhythms. The middle and neck pickups are somewhat warmer sounding, and playing with the tone controls, you can play anything from warm U2-style chords in One to thick creamy blues riffs. My only complaint would be the volume of the guitar. In comparison with my double-humbucker Ibanez, it is extremely quiet, and I need to dial up the volume on both the amp and guitar to about a 5 to get a decent volume to practice/jam. Mind you, the quality of the sound far outweighs how quiet it is.
Overall Impression — 9
Prior to buying this guitar, I was convinced that guitars were like tools, a good musician has a variety of guitars, each designed to fit a specific role that the musician needs. However, after getting this Strat, I am convinced that it is possible for someone to find "their" guitar, the guitar that suits the individual musician perfectly. In my case, I believe it is this Strat. It fits my body perfectly, and my musical style even better. I don't think I will be buying a new guitar anytime soon, and if I ever take my music anywhere successful, I can guarentee that this guitar will be right there with me.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar seems as solid as any guitar could be. While I would never drop it, I feel like I could and would not have to be worried. I can't really comment on the strap buttons, as mine came with straplocks that were put on by the previous owner. I never gig without a backup, however, in a bind I know this guitar could get me through the night without any worries. Extremely dependable and solidly built.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I bought the guitar used, so the setup was perfect. The action was great, and the only complaint I had was that the strings had not been changed in about 4 years. The only cosmetic flaw was a small ding that was made by the previous owner, but otherwise it is perfect!
Features — 8
1999 model (First year it went into production I believe). 21 fret maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. Alder body in Lake Placid Blue with a Vintage style synchronized trem and Vintage style pickups, controls are a master volume and individual controls for tone on the neck and middle pickup. The neck is a fairly substantial C-shaped which is somewhat thick but fills the hand comfortably. Fender/Ping tuners.