Purchased from: Friend
Sound — 9
I play all types of rock. Mainly Metal and Hard Rock and any type of rock really. I play Tilly (that's her name =D) through my Marshall and it delivers great, clean tones. Sounds just like any Vintage style strat. I use a Danelectro Fab Metal Pedal and it gets pretty bassy when I'm "chugging" some metal. I love using my Crybaby with this guitar, produces that Jimi tone I love. Pots aren't too responsive. They were pretty scratchy when I got the guitar. I cleaned them up, oiled them and they work perfect now, they just aren't very responsive 'til around 3 or so and 7 or 8 is the same as 10. Bridge pickup produces some great tone and the neck pickup gives great bassy tones. Mid pickup is great for playing some blues rock, specially my 4 (neck/mid) position.
Overall Impression — 10
Mainly I use my Strat Deluxe for most of my music. I use a Seymour Duncan Distortion Humbucker with my texas specials in the neck and mid positions. But when I want classic Strat tones, I turn to Tilly!! If only i were a set of triplets, then I could play my Fender, Tilly, and Autumn! (My Ovation by the way) I think the only thing I would change would be the truss rod placement, its just like a Vintage strat, its in the neck pocket and that's a bitch to mess with when its located there... but whatever as long as it works!! If some low life S.O.B. were to steal my Tilly from me, 1-he will no longer be stealing any other guitar ever again, and never breath again either =) and I would definitely buy another! this is a GREAT Strat copy for a really cheap price as i have seen through sites. I love everything about this guitar, only thing i hate, as stated above, is the truss rod placement, the cheap plastic nut that will eventually wear on anyone who owns this guitar, and whatever material the trem block is made of that a friggin hole was made through it! My favorite feature of this beauty is the classic, pure Strat tone. At the time, i didn't compare it to anything for the reason that it was my first guitar! But i am more than happy that I got this guitar! I have been playing for the past 4 years and I started Custom building and modifying guitar for myself and friends for the past 3 years. If you come across this guitar and your looking for a good strat, this is the one! You won't regret getting this guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I'm pretty confident that this guitar would last through a gig =) I have taken it to many different places, and this guitar is still going! There are many digs and dents on the lower part of the body, and it has belt buckle rash, but none of this was caused by me! I love my girls and I take very good care of all of them! Apparently this guitar has been dropped and has been left alone and fell, but it hasn't affected tone at all! As far as the plastics go, they should last a good while with proper care. If you don't want that aged look, then plan to replace! Personally, I love that aged look, shows its battle scars =) My trem block actually broke though... there's a hole in the block and the trem arm goes right through it! so til i replace it, looks like i'll be going hardtail. i don't know whether to blame this on the block itself or the conditions it went through with the previous owner. Pots are very durable and will last a good while. PU selector is a bit flimsy, mine needed repair and pretty soon will need replacement. strap buttons are solid, especially the neck side button. On the bass side, the wood has been worn and its a bit lose. (WARNING: if you are planing on mod's, the wood wears VERY EASILY! So don't take screws in and out over and over, you'll regret it!, you can only drill so many holes after all). Overall, the finish is very good and will last forever! (has lasted this far!) it's actually quite hard to scratch the body, will last lots of playing, I would depend on this guitar with no back at all!
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I received this guitar from my friend, this guitar was pretty much in the shittiest condition I have ever seen a guitar! One saddle is on its side, one was completely upside down, neck pickup fell right through, there was one screw on the mid pickup, trem block has a hole; it just hurts to think of all the things she went through... ='( but I came to the rescue! I have restored this guitar completely! I've got insanely low action, and there is no buzz what'soever! Neck is completely straight and has not moved at all! The previous owner used 11's on this guitar and I changed them to 10's and the neck hasn't moved at all! (I usually use 11's, but that's on my strat). I keep the trem floating and it keeps tuning pretty damn good! And I am constantly changing from drop D back to Standard and there is minimal change on the other strings. Only problem that I have is my nut; on the high e, it has almost completely been grinded down, so its time for a replacement! Tuning pegs are a bit loose and not much chrome has oxidized besides the PU screws and very minimal oxidation on the saddles. The vol knob is missing but I got a replacement. The pickguard is 1-ply and it's in pretty good condition. All the plastic parts are white, but most have aged, especially the PU covers. The routing on the guitar is HSS so it has possibilities =)The finish on the guitar is in very good condition, it's a poly finish from what I can tell and it was no cheap ass dip job as other Strat copies.
Features — 10
A Japanese Strat-copy. 21 frets on a 7.5" Maple neck. Solid Plywood (possibly Maple) body (5.5 lbs) 25.5" scale length. Cream/Tan Poly finish. 1 vol, 2 tone pots, 5 way selector. SSS PU's, Vintage style tremolo. Vintage sealed tuners. Chrome hardware and white plastic's. This guitar is simply awesome! And delivers great tone! I received this guitar off a friend who thought it was broken, I simply opened her up and it was the HOT wire to the output jack that came lose, that's it! Re-soldered it and BAM! It was show time! I knew nothing about this guitar until I did some research and not many people know much about this guitar. All I know is that my guitar is some where between 70's to 80's. Assuming that this is an exact copy, it has a lot of 60's style appointments to it. I'm really blown away that this guitar is an import. It could easily combat any domestic!