Purchased from: NZ Rock Shop
Sound — 8
This guitar is good for all genres of music I like to play, mostly metal, rock and grungy sort of stuff. I still use it with the original amp occasionally, but I like to play it through my Hitachi stereo amp which is 180w because this amp give lots of ability to change the tone of the guitar with the eq settings. I use a Boss PW-10 Wah pedal with it, which to say the least is amazing (I'll do a review on that later). The middle pickup is very quiet, and I've tryed adjusting the height too. But the guitar sounds good when it's not played through the original amp.
Overall Impression — 8
I play mostly metal and rock, but mostly just bands I like and influence my writing style. I've been playing for a year now and have spent most of the money I've saved on guitar gear since I bought this. This is a great learning guitar and I don't regret the purchase of it one bit, I wish I had asked what colour it came in though when I got it, although I'm not sure what I would have chosen instead of black. If it were stolen I would move on to bigger and better things, because after playing it for a year and also having played guitars which feel so much nicer in the shops, I know there's better things out there for prices which aren't much higher. I like the balanced weight and smooth neck on this guitar and recommend it too all beginner players looking for an electric guitar of anybody looking for a practise set.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar would probably withstand Live playing, but I've never played Live so I can't really say, if I got the opportunity to play Live I'd want to use something a bit cooler than a squire Starter Kit though. The hardware Seems pretty strong, I snapped off the whammy though, of course there was a certain degree of misuse lol. The tuning gears are the perfect tightness though. the strap buttons have come loose on mine but they can take a beating. I feel quite sure that I can rely on this guitar though although I plan to get something a little more expensive sooner or later, the finish will definately last a long time, but to me that's a downside because I want it to look well used.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The guitar came with a pretty good setup, although when I bought it I knew even less about the set up of a guitar than I do now. It felt nice to play though, and I did lower the action a bit and it didn't effect the sound in anyway, just made it easier to play. I raised the middle pickup too, to see if I could get extra volume from it, but no noticeable change really. It had a prefect finish and the neck feels very smooth and easy to play. I haven't found any flaws so far except for the ones I've put in it.
Features — 5
This guitar comes in a set with a non-cromatic tuner I think (recently purchased a new one), a really crap gig bag, 10 picks which are quite nice to hold but snap easily, a lead which might be 2 metres long (its long gone, I can't remember), a black strap which ripped after a month, and of course the Strat guitar and an amp. The amp says 22W on the back, I'm not sure if that's RMS. The guitar has a scale of 25.5" which I think is Standard for strats, has 21 frets, 1 vol. control, 2 tones, and a 5 way selector Switch for the 3 single coil pickup setup it comes with. It also has a whammy bar and mine came with a gloss black finish and a white pickguard.