Price paid: A$ 82.5
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 5
I play alternative rock and grunge. I use a Squier SE special amp with it. With this amp, the sound is quite muddied and distorted but lends a clean tone when playing lead. This sound is a bit too dirty for my liking and the pick ups are noisy, so they worsen it.. Used with a more expensive amp, like a Berhinger, the sound is not too bad.
Overall Impression — 5
It does suit the grunge sound, but there are issues needed to be fixed, so it has a more desired sound. It is an OK match, but certainly not the best in my opinion. I have been playing for about two years and I own a Fender Squier SE Special Strat electric guitar. Before buying this product, I would of asked to see higher definition pictures of the finish, so I could see the multi-coloured tree design and the chips. If this guitar was stolen, I would laugh because the thief wouldn't know how worthless the guitar is and I would buy another Strat copy to practice my luthiering skills on.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Yes, this guitar is extremely tough and robust, but would not be suitable for live playing because of its poor quality sound and hardware. I think the hardware will fail eventually because of its poor quality and the cheapness of the guitar. The strap buttons were not solid, and I had to replace them with spare strap buttons, but I think new holes will have to be drilled in the future. I can depend on this guitar to survive anything I can throw at it, but I would not gig with this guitar without a backup (I would only gig with this guitar if I had no choice). The finish on the guitar is extremely tough and has stood mostly intact for its lifetime, only having a few chips here and there.
Action, Fit & Finish — 4
Since this guitar is at least 3rd hand +, and was picked up from a garage sale by the previous owner, I have no idea of the factory set-up. The action on the guitar is sky-high and is a pain to fret past the 12th fret. The high e string buzzes a little when played open. The pick ups are a bit noisy. The bridge and tuners are starting to show signs of rust and the finish is chipped in areas, but thats what's expected from a guitar that has had a life like this one.
Features — 5
Your typical Strat copy made in china. Has a rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets and pearl Dot inlays. Has the typical Strat features - Strat-style bridge, tuners, body shape, pickguard, pick-ups, SSS configuration, 5-way switching, etc. It has a sunburst-ish finish with a multi-coloured tree design. The year it is made is unknown.