Sound — 9
The humbucker is great for anything short of really heavy stuff, and the single-coils are fantastic for that bluesy sound. One con is, the single-coils sound a bit dull and closed. The single coild have a bit of noise to them but the humbucker is dead-quiet. The Strat is great for bright, diverse sound.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly Blues and classic rock and it suits my needs perfectly, if it was stolen i would buy it again but probably with Rosewood. I prefer the sound and look of Rosewood so that is my only regret.I compared with pretty much every other guitar in the price range and it definetly came out on top. I play it through a Legacy All valve amp with a Boss overdrive pedal, a Boss reverb and a wah wah pedal.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is very strong, and very reliable. I can absolutly depend on it and the hardware will last a lifetime. It has one fault; the strap buttons are a bit dodgy, they're starting to wear after a year of use. The finish is great, very tough. I have knocked it plenty of times and it should have scratched, but it has remained perfect and without a scratch.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The pickups were perfectly set up but I did need to have the neck set up to remove buzz. The guitar was in flawless, perfect condition. The Bridge is not fixed, it comes with a whammy bar, it was perfectly fitted. Beautiful finish that comes in many, many colours.
Features — 9
It is a 2010 Mexican made HSS Stratocaster with a maple fretboard with 22 frets. It's body is made of high quality Alder with a black finish. It comes with a 5-way selector switch, 2 volume and 2 tone knobs. The guitar has one Humbucker and two single-coils, creating outstanding diversity. Mine came with a really good gig-bag.