Price paid: $ 185
Purchased from: Furtado's
Sound — 6
I play all kinds of music except pop crap and top40 shit. The pickups leave a lot to be desired. Very bad. The Bridge is too twangy, the middle is too bassy and the neck is just muddy. I'm gonna replace the pickups with GFS hot alnico staggers. The pickups are the only weak point for an otherwise great instrument.
Overall Impression — 8
Change the pickups and its a great guitar. If it were stolen, I would actually buy a better guitar since I've gotten better at playing. But I know that it is good enough if I change out the pups.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I'm pretty sure it can withstand live playing iff, I repeat IF AND ONLY IF you change out the pickups. Then its a great guitar. The finish seems solid and I don't think it will wear out any soon(but i won't mind if it does either, strats look sexy when worn out!!). The strap buttons are friggin solid, no problems what so ever.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The set up was fantastic, the fret are amazing and every thing regarding Action, fit and finish is great. I think the action and fit credit goes to Furtado's. But the finish is nicely done too. The guitar is built well and it feels solid. I love its neck, very very nice.
Features — 8
This is a guitar that was made in china. I don't know the wood properly, its either alder or agathis. It has 21 frets. SSS pickup config. and some kind of Squier tuners which are not bad really. It has a tremolo which is surprisingly good. No accessories. All Standard Strat features really.