Price paid: € 66
Purchased from: Music-Store Cologne
Sound — 6
I play a lot of Alternative Rock, Punk and Metal but also some Ska and Britpop/rock, and I use the guitar mainly with my Fender Frontman 25R and a Zoom G2 preamp/modeler, but had also plenty of time to test it through an H&K TubeMeister. The original Pick-Ups are just awefull. The sound is ok but with the slightest bit of distortion and on band volume the feedback is just unbearable, so no chance for metal/punk with the original pickups. Despite that you get some strong mids but the high frequencies are a bit missing, sounds pretty dump for a Strat.
Overall Impression — 8
This was my first guitar and I've been playing now for 6 years. I've soon realized that the guitar wasn't fit for live playing the way it was, so I fixed the saddle position and built in some cheap ass humbucker pickup (which surprisingly hadn't any feedback at all) in bridge position. Now it is a guitar worth being played, the sound is aggressive and transparent which is exactly what I want. If it were stolen, I would probably hunt that guy down just to get it back, but I wouldn't buy it again. Emotional attachment and stuff. If you're able to fix the flaws, it is great guitar for people who don't really know if the electric guitar is the right instrument for them. And seriously, what do you expect for this price?!
Reliability & Durability — 7
If you want to play rock live or any other harder genre, forget about it. Like I said, the feedback from the pick-ups is just horrible. The hardware seems reliable, never had a problem with it. The tuners are unexpectedly good for this price, as well as the strap buttons.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
The biggest flaw (despite the sh*tty pick-ups) was the saddle. It was impossible to tune the guitar right because the saddle was simply in the wrong place. I had to place it 2.5mm nearer to the first fret, now the guitar is in perfect tune. Aside from that, the factory set-up was not that good. But what can you do if your product is impossible to tune.
Features — 7
Built in 2005 in China, laminated alder body, thin c-shaped alder neck bolt-on, rosewood fretboard with 22 medium frets. One volume, two tone, 5-way selector, 3 no-name singlecoils, non-locking unbranded tuners, plastic saddle, standard tremolo. Pretty much the standard configuration for a cheapo Strat copy.