Purchased from: Ted Brown Music
Sound — 7
Now onto the amp and the extras. The amp is a Fender Frontman 15G/R. The R model is an amp with a reverb option. This is a pretty basic amp. Clean volume knob, Drive volume knob, Gain knob, treble mid and bass knobs, and a channel selector. It's 15 watts and it can get pretty loud. The Drive channel is not good. that's simple. The extras are simply extra weight. The cable sucks, the picks are good, the strap is bad (it digs into your shoulder), the book is worthless, and the tuner is absolutely crap. The guitar is really bad with this amp, because it is really chime-soudinf somtimes and very flat other times. It's not very good.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall, this is a pretty good starter guitar. It's great for small hands or those Who are just now starting. It would be a great christmas/chanuaka (not sure how to spell that, sorry) present. If you have some expreince with an electric guitar, than this in most definitely not for you. It's very basic and good for simple music. Other than some short-comings, it's a pretty good deal.
Reliability & Durability — 7
This is most definitely not live show guitar, but a play at home in your room guitar. The hardware will probably last you until you get a new guitar. The bridge is something you might potentially Switch, but it's fine as it is. The gitar, being as heavy as it is, the strap buttons are good. They are pretty smooth, so if you have soft strap end, you might have a kind of hard time with it fallnig off every once in a while. The finish on the guitar is pretty good, but is shiny, so fingerprints are very obvious.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The action on this guitar is very bad. It isn't fun to just pick up and play if you at a music store. The pickups are pretty bad, they are either to bright, or to flat. The hardware was pretty good, but the input jack was aweful. It was really loose and almost fragile. But everything else was pretty good.
Features — 6
Oh, wow. This guitar is a good deal for anyone looking for a beginner guitar. And I'm putting a lot of stress on beginner. This guitar is the bare essentials for anyone interested in looking to begin any sort of musical experience. But first, a little background. The guitar was built in Indonesia, but I believe was put together in the main California plant. It has a 21 fret rosewood fingerboard. It has Fender Medium-Jumbo Frets that are good for people with small hands or people Who are young and just beginning. it's a solid body guitar, with simple paint finishes that is shiny, so it gets fingerpirnts on it really easily. The neck is maple, and the fingerboard is a nice rosewood. The neck is easy to grip right about the 1-5 frets, and everything above that is kind of sketchy. The frets past the 14th are kinda hard to get at and play easily. The body is alder and is unfortunately heavy abd heafty. It has classic Stratocaster style, but it isnt the same. The input jack is absolutely horrid! It comes loose after about five minutes of playing. Mind you, I've had my guitar since June of '04. Now onto the pickups. The pickups are pretty weak. They are good for light distortion, but other than that, it's pretty shaky. The clean tones are terrible, and the high-gain setting are quasi-painful. The bass/rythm pickup is not very good. It sounds very flat and doesn't have any definition. The bridge isnt very good either, it's very stiff and doesn't give much support for the strings. The srtings, no matter what brand, are easy to break with this tremelo style bridge. The tremelo is so rigid and stiff that I leave it a home every time I take my guitar anywhere. The tuners are also crap. They are very easily un-tuned. The guitar comes with a gig bag, but it's worth getting a har shell case because the bag is hard to carry and doesnt't't hold up very well.