Price paid: € 700
Purchased from: Music Store
Sound — 9
I play mostly classic rock, Thin Lizzy and all that stuff and it sounds great! I use a Peavey Bandit 112 so it sounds great with this amp because of the valve sound it has, the P/U's don't cancel out any hum like some Strat's would, that's just the nature of the guitar and besides it's not that bad to cause any discomfort when playing. This guitars pickups have a unique sound on which ever of the five settings you have it on, the bridge p/u is good for your Vintage clean stuff like the shadows or johnny cash and the other positions give off their own different sound, there is a lovely sound on the middle p/u when activated alone, probably my favorite. The neck p/u engaged with the tone knob rolled back to zero gives off a really blues-y type sound and it sounds just great! This is the Mexican 70's Reissue and doesn't have as much tonal definition as an American Reissue but is more worth the money than the American model, the price difference is 1,000 for just a slightly better tone, don't let the bad rumors about Mexican made Fenders stop you from buying this.
Overall Impression — 10
Great guitar altogether only disappointment was the set up but maybe that was just my one and probably won't be as bad on them all but it's fairly handy to do it yourself once ya know what your at. I have been playing 7 years now and know a good quality guitar and for 700 off music store it's the best electric ya could buy for that price especially if you love the Strat sound and the 70's styling of the Strat. One thing I would like to say about this guitar which your not warned about in the manual or anything is if you but it there will be a small sticker over the hole in the bridge where the tremolo arm goes, this is to stop a small LOOSE spring which is in there from falling out so be aware of this in case you loose it because it's very small altogether, but once you put in the tremolo arm and tighten it the spring seems to stay in place and won't fall out, just be sure you don't overtighten the tremolo arm or else you'll destroy the thing altogether. Great guitar I've wanted one like this for about 5 years now I have it and am not a bit disappointed I bought it, it sounds and plays and looks just great and this will be my electric for life hopefully. Thanks for reading.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The hardware on this guitar is chrome and the machine heads can stick a little bit they don't feel smooth when tuning but they don't cause the guitar to go out of tune, the hardware is great quality overall. The strap buttons are great on this guitar they hold the strap well. You wouldn't need a backup guitar if you have this it's a great guitar and it's very solid and the finish is lovely and doesn't look like it's gonna break through any time soon unless you abuse the guitar excessively.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I got this guitar the action was great but it was causing some fret buzz because the strings were so low so I had to raise the bridge saddles myself which was annoying and to be honest the set up still isn't great, when you play a note on the 12th fret up and bend it up a full pitch it collides with the frets and makes the note stop resonating or start buzzing, but this can be fixed by further lowering the action which I don't want to do. The guitar came with 9 gauge strings so the looseness of these is most likely responsible for the buzzing cause I normally played 10s on my electric but can't go back to them after playing 9's. The p/u's are set up just fine on this and there is no inconsistency throughout the 5 different p/u positions. The flaws with this guitar are the set up was absolute crap due to the amount of fret buzz coming from it when plugged in also there was some white glue flaky like stuff under the bridge when I got it but everything else is 100%.
Features — 10
This guitar was made in Mexico 2011. It has 21 Vintage style frets and a thin you shaped neck, which isn't much different from a modern C shape neck but feels so much nicer in your hand. It has a solid three piece Ash body with the standard gloss finish. The neck is made from Maple and you can get it with a Rosewood or Maple fingerboard, the thin strip that runs up the back of the neck is Rosewood. The bridge is the Vintage 70's style bridge with 'Fender' stamped onto them. It has 3 Vintage Strat pickups with a Volume and 2 Tone knobs and it also has Vintage tuners with the split pegs so when stringing the guitar you won't have any sharp edges sticking out. This guitar came with a Fender Deluxe padded gig bag and the Tremolo arm and the necessary allen keys to set up the guitar.