Price paid: $ 50
Purchased from: JBR Guitars
Sound — 8
It gets perfect sound for when I'm playing rock, but when I try to go heavy it doesn't really give me the heavy sound I'm looking for, except during solos. I use it with a crappy Fender G Dec and this might be the problem though. The Guitar gets most styles well, from Light, Clean jazz, to heavy rock.
Overall Impression — 9
I play everything from the blues to thrash metal and suits me for everything but Heavy Metal. If this had been stolen, I would probably first look for it, and If I couldn't find it I would get a new one after my next guitar for customization. I love it's neck, I am absolutely in love with it, it's my favorite feature. I compare it with a Les Paul Ultra my friend has (Great Guitar). I wish It had better heavy sound.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The guitar would most likely last Live. But if you haven't changed the pickups to something else if you play Metal it won't go over well. The hardware is long lasting, it's been used since at least 2003 and still packs a kick. I would definitely pack a backups at a gig for a really heavy distorted song, if your accustomed to the Strat already, a Dean ML would be suitable. It can stand my 2-4 hour sessions so I guess it lasts.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar felt well set up and all the pickups and the bridge were in order. I got the guitar with a dent in it and proceeded to make another one when it hit my door(I am very clumsy) the guitars sound was unaffected but it can withstand a beating. The looks however can be easily manipulated. It fit well with me whether I was standing up or sitting down. It was the creamy Hendrix looking model with the ebony frets. It had a little buzz when I bought it, but changing the strings to some D'addario XLs made everything better. The strings should definitely be changed right out of the factory. The neck was the thig that really drew me to the guitar. I can do anything on that neck. It lets me play quick passages it let me stick to one general area or move around easy. The fretboard is easy to play on and is like most strats fretboards.
Features — 7
It was made prior to 2003, the store didn't know because it was used. It has 3 single coil pickups, a 5 way toggle, one volume and two tone knobs. it's a Strat style. it's a typical Strat bridge. it has 21 usable frets, and interestingly, if you push down on the string enough so it hits the pickups it makes a note.