Price paid: $ 250
Purchased from: Guitar Den
Sound — 10
This is the perfect guitar for the music I play, which is mainly Pop-punk (ex. Green Day, Blink 182, etc...) and Emo (The Get Up Kids, Dashboard Confessional, etc...). The invader gives it a great crunchy distortion, while the Lace sensitives give it a great no hum clean sound. I use it with a Marshall JCM900 100watt tube amp, and a Fender 120 watt Ultra Chorus. It has pretty good variety to the types of sounds it can make, but its the best for punk I say.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for 2 years. I also own a Fender Stratocaster, and a Gibson Les paul. I have a Marshall JCM900 100 watt amp, and a Fender 120 watt Ultra Chorus. If my fat Strat was stolen or lost, I would prolly buy another one and do the same thing to it as I did to this one. I really dont hate anything aboot it, and I love everything aboot it. oh and uhhhh. I'M A MEXICAN!
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar definentaly withstands live playing, at least when I play it live. The hardware seems like its gonna last me awhile. The finish on Fender strats always lasts awhile for me. Right now I have Dunlop (I think) strap locks on there cause my strap used to fall off all the time. I can depend on it good enough, but I still bring my backup (a regular Fender Strat) and my Gibson Les Paul (my down tuned guitar).
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Fender is very good at setting up their guitars at their factories I think, the strings arent too high, and the intonation is perfect. The pickups were pretty good when I got it, but I still felt the need to replace them all, b/c I don't enjoy the hum of regular single coils, and the sound with that Fender humbucker is loud enough.
Features — 8
Made in Mexico, 21 frets, vol., tone, 5way selector. I have a S/S/H pickup config, with Fender Lace sensitve gold single coils, and a seymoure duncan invader for the humbucker. It is black with a black pickguard, and the Fender standard bridhge, and the std. Fender tuners.