Cyclone review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7.3 (45 votes)
Fender: Cyclone
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Price paid: $ 270

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 10
I play mostly grunge like Alice in Chains and Nirvana and also a bit of black sabbath and it seems to tie in with that pretty well. Im running it through a BOSS DS-1 and a 100w Marshall G100CD half-stack (not bad for discontinued :P). Ive gigged it a few times and it sounds awsome.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is great!!! I loved it from the first time I plugged it in!! Great tone and great neck amazing sound!!! Love it!! A++++++++++ I haven't been playing nearly as long as some of the other reviewers, but I know a great guitar when I play one! I've been playing a Squier Stratocaster (what can I say, it's not like I'm rich) for a while, and finally opted for a better guitar. This is a great guitar for punk and alternative music, and feels more comfortable than my Strat ever will. If it were stolen, I'd try really hard to get it back, but if I didn't, I would just save up again and buy another one brand new, because I love it that much.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I'm not sure about live playing but I think this guitar seems pretty dependable. i would definetly use it in a gig without a back up (well I don't really have a back up anymore). Umm I don't know ive had it for like not even a month. I can definitely say that this is going to be my main guitar from now on. I'm gonna put some strap locks on it within the next few days just to keep it secure. Otherwise I don't plan on changing anything. Maybe in like one year if I feel like it needs some modifying I'll customize it but for now I'm fine with it.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I bought it second hand, and had to adjust the action a little as it was a bit high. The guitar was set up perfectly, no problems. Pickups were set great. The sunburst is the most beautiful sunburst I have ever seen. My neck is also a beautiful milky rosewood with creme inlays. The backplate is properly aligned to put the strings through, although some people said it wasn't on right. Also mine doesnt go out of tune while using the tremelo and I like it a lot.

Features — 10
Made in 2000. 22 frets. Laminated top. Has Volume and tone knobs. S/H pickup configuration. Tex-Mex Strat single-coil slanted in the neck position and a new Fender special design "Atomic-Humbucker" in the bridge.Jazzmaster headstock, 24-3/4" scale and offset waist body give you an alternative look. String through bridge. Non locking tuners. Deluxe Fender gig bag included.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    davec_24
    Fender are much better value for money, although there's no disputing Gibson also make some pretty nice guitars. I go for Fenders over Gibson; I prefer how Fenders feel, though that is personal preference... I think people should just get what they prefer, since both are clearly manufactureres of quality instruments!
    cyclone17
    fenders are way better then a gibson. Gibson i give you props great guitars, great great guitars. but fender= wonderful magnificent guitars. i just bought my chrome red fender cyclone like last week and i am currently waiting for it to be shipped. i love seattle sound music (a.k.a. grunge for those who dont know) and the setup on the cyclone is perfect for some NIRVANA. atomic humbucker in the bridge to hold up the distortion complemented with a tex-mex single coil for the trademark fender sound. im a huge fan of the somewhat less popular fenders, (mustangs, jaguars, jazzmaster). I considered a 65 mustan reisse but the two single coils threw me off and onto the cyclone bandwagon. It is similar to a jagstang, Kurt Cobain's late signature, which will be my next guitar i purchase.i have always loved the silver plate around the knobs and such must be the reason why i said if i ever played bass id buy a fender j bass. I love the pickup selector switch and the neck, bothresemble a les paul because a les paul uses the same switch and has the same neck length. i had a selector switch similar to the one on a strat on my last guitar but i sometimes would hit it down and i didnt like that. as in features and changable things, i love the pearloid pickguard and the knobs. my friend said "you need to get a new pickguard once you get it" but i just told him if i did it would bethe same...i love the pearloid. another thing about the neck length..i also like it because it will allow me to use heavier strings....i dont like playing threw my boss ds-1 and hearing the jangling when i pick over the distortion.. anyways.. thats it im off
    Ali-b912
    will-loves-zep wrote: "you will only ever need 3 guitars.. a strat, a tele and a les paul" i have heard this from various (good) guitarists and i believe it is true...thats not to say you shouldn't buy more different types but these three are the best and industry standards
    after that an SG is optional.
    MyGuitarAndMe
    why buy a gibson when you can have a fender .... when will this ****ing question ever stop its really annoying
    will-loves-zep
    "you will only ever need 3 guitars.. a strat, a tele and a les paul" i have heard this from various (good) guitarists and i believe it is true...thats not to say you shouldn't buy more different types but these three are the best and industry standards
    Blompcube
    I've seen a cyclone in a local store used for 350, i love it, i'm gonna buy it once they sort out the damaged pickup selector switch.
    ibikinz
    will-loves-zep wrote: "you will only ever need 3 guitars.. a strat, a tele and a les paul" i have heard this from various (good) guitarists and i believe it is true...thats not to say you shouldn't buy more different types but these three are the best and industry standards
    agreed
    Isle17Rock
    Gibson Guitars for pure sound hammer fender in my opinion. But Fenders Trounce them when it comes to looks and the neck. Personaly i would fit a fender with humbuckers and deacent pickups (bare knuckle or di mazrio) and that would be a killer combo. thts mi personal opinion tho
    flaming_death
    I have both a Fender and a Gibson and i love playing both... i have the Fender cyclone S/H and it is a really good guitar for any style you want to play