Price paid: $ 201.3
Purchased from: Argos Stores
Sound — 6
I play almost all genre of music and the guitar goes perfectly well with them. I use a Marshall or Fender Squier small amp. For extensive effects I am currently using the DigiTech RP 150. Naturally as Strat. uses exclusively single coil pickups you get little noise when not playing particularly when set on amp/pedal distortion. The guitar can make 5 different sounds due to it's 5-way selector switch. Furthermore the sounds are classic Stratocaster sounds that you probably will not get on a cheap modern Strat.
Overall Impression — 6
I have been playing for over 13 years now and I also own a deluxe Fender Squier Telecaster and a Washburn X-40. If it were stolen I would buy it again because I strongly believe if I make just one adjustment, to replace the pickups with a 1000 dollars designer pickups. Then I would have the perfect Stratocaster.
Reliability & Durability — 6
The guitar withstands my live playing giving good satisfaction when playing/hearing it. The hardware is solid and it will last many years. The strap buttons are quite decent. The finish will last and it may wear off though with lots of playing but it will not be soon at all than you think.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar action set-up at the factory was appalling but action became surprisingly brilliant when I changed the strings and then tuned with the DigiTech guitar processor. The pickups were set-up low giving a weak output and small tone. However when I raised the pickups much closer to the strings to a perfect height (no magnetic problem), the guitar now sounds with very beautiful tone, high output and capable of performing to an audience. Tell you the truth after this pickup adjustment it has a more beautiful sound than a Washburn or an expensive Fender Strat. though they will sound more professional as their pickups are more expensive. The cut-away on the LX90L is superb you can even play on the final 7 frets comfortably.
Features — 6
The LX90L was probably made in 1964 at a Japanese factory. It has a maple neck with 22 fat frets. The body style is like that of a classic 50s Fender Strat. With all the features that a Stratocaster possesses e.g tremolo bar, 3 controls, 5-way selector switch etc. The tuners are non-locking but quite good, confering decent hours of tuning stability particularly if you limit the use of the tremolo bar. The Hohner Rockwood came with a decent strap and a 10W Park amp.