Price paid: $ 139
Purchased from: Penn Avenue Music
Sound — 8
The sound is very good for a Strat copy. I thought the Stagg pickups would be very noisy but they are surprisingly quiet and have a decent tone to them. I mainly use Guitar Rig for the computer or run it through my 120 watt halfstack with an Ibanez Overdrive pedal which suites this guitar pretty well. The action is very good with minor fret buzz on the low strings. It is very easy to reach the upper frets because of the smooth neck and fretboard.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is great for a beginner to intermediate player who is looking for an affordable alternative to a Fender strat. I own a Fender Strat and the weight, balance, and feel are pretty much on target. It lacks a bit in the pickups and electronics compared, but still a very nice guitar in its own right. I actually find myself picking this guitar up when I am practicing and find it very nice.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar, even with Stagg tuners, stays in tune great. I have used the tremolo bar and it stays in tune like a dream. Everything seems like it will hold up fine. I would use this as a backup to my MIM Strat if I needed to. It also seems like it would hold up well to transporting it from place to place. The finish is durable and smooth as glass.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was setup by a guitar tech and the action is very much to my liking. Nice and low with minimal fret buzz on the lower strings. The guitar did not contain any flaws and the finish is terrific. The neck feels great and is easily accessible when you need to use the upper frets.
Features — 9
I recently purchased a 2010 Stagg S300 red/black made in China. This is a Start shaped guitar which I purchased my 9 year old son who is going to be taking guitar lessons at his school this year. The finish is very nice on the body and the rosewood fingerboard are very nice. The neck is very comfortable and easy to get around. The two tone knobs and the volume knob as well as the pickup selector seem very solid. All-in-all the guitar seems well built and well balanced.