Price paid: $ 100
Purchased from: Sams Club
Sound — 8
It sounds a lot better than most people would think! I play mostly rock and metal and it's fine for it. It can play anything from Metallica to zepplin to the beatles. I play it straight through my Crate GTD65. the pickups are kinda noisy but all single coils are noisy. It plays very well acoustically.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for about 9 months now and own 2 electrics and an acoustic. this was my first guitar and it's better than any Squier Strat I've ever played! the only thing I wish this had was a floyd but now that I got a floyd on my B\.C\. Rich NJ Warlock I'm set! if it were stolen I'd prolly go to sams and get another one just like it. I love the neck on this guitar! I don't know what it is but it's just so easy to play! it's beter than any Fender neck I've played. I really do think this guitar is great after a few tweaks here and there!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is very durable. I have played it Live 2 or 3 times. I've never dropped it but it has gotten bannged around a bit! The finish is like an inch thick and was probably applied by splasshing a bucket of paint on it! The strap buttons seem solid but I mostly play sitting down. The only real problem I've had is that when I first got it I overtightened the tremelo bar and it snapped off and half of it was stuck in the trem block! So I put a new trem in it($23 from GC! ) and now it works just fine and stays in tune forever. Well almost!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
from the box it was OK. Not sh!t, not godly. Just OK. It was my 1st guitar so I wasn't all that sure how they were supposed to play. Now I know. After a set-up and some Ernie Ball 9s it played like a dream! there are no real flaws in the paint or in any electrical. the only thing is that the bridge pickup tone knob doesnt't work at all. but that's not a big deal because I don't really need it.
Features — 8
Not sure of the year but it was definetly made in china! It has 22 frets on a maple fretboard. Not sure of the body/neck woods but they are very soft. The finish is a gloss black with a white pickgaurd. It is a Stratocaster copy that is made in china. it has a Standard style tremelo which I replaced because half the bar snapped off inside it! it has 3 passive single coil pickups that aren't that bad. 2 tone 1 volume knob and a 5way Switch. the tuners are pretty crappy but it IS a $100 guitar! It came with a 10w amp, POS strap, crappy tuner, and a gig bag. oh, and a dvd.