Price paid: € 130
Purchased from: local store
Sound — 8
I play Blues, Funk and Rock and want to play Jazz, I can see myself playing all this on this type of guitar. I use a Biff Muff Pi on occassion and almost always use my crybaby. I can get noisy but the sound does not get much better if you do it. My favorite posistion is the first ( the neck pickup) but I the sound is nice not eargasmic. The humbucker sounds weak, However is does not give feedback like the bridge single coils. The only way I like using the humbucker is to pinch and pop the strings heavily.
Overall Impression — 10
I think this is an awesome guitar, this is my first and only electric guitar, but at a frinds house I play on his Mexican Telecaster but that is very different but would probibaly buy a Strat style instrument over a tele. I play Yamaha Pacifia's at school but like my Strat A LOT more. I would however not buy this guitar again but save up because in the long run it would have been smarter. My favorite feature is the whammy bar. All in all this is a cheap beginners guitar and the upsides of having this guitar outway the bad ones. I know learnt to tune my guitar quickily and efficiently.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have no idea if this guitar can withstand live playing, because I have never gigged on guitar. I think the hardware will last, because I cycle a lot with my guitar in a gunnysack in the winter and it plays just fine. My only complaint with the finish is the scratches.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was fine when I bought it (except for the missing string) the string height was fine and so was the tension. Pickups did not need adjustment. The finish on my Strat is Sunburst, the only thing I do not like about it is the scratches everywhere, it is really easy to scratch this guitar. The volume and tone control knobs were put on wrong. Noisy pick-up selector.
Features — 8
-my Strat was "Crafted in China" -has 21 medium jumbo frets -maple neck (i guess) -rosewood fretboard with Dot inlays - H S S -whammy bar bridge - passive electronics -1 Volume 2 Tone (all set wrong) - noisy 5-way selector -bad tuners (I always have to tune my guitar after 45 minutes of playing and before everytime I play) - No accessories My guitar came with a box and giftwrap, and 5 strings (that is a reflection of the store I bought it from)