Price paid: £ 150
Purchased from: BEM MUSIC
Sound — 10
To be honest, this guitar is absolutely amazing. The pickups are almost completely noiseless, even with the distortion and gain up to the max! I play mostly rock, ( Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Black Sabbath ), and this guitar suits these styles of music perfectly. I love this guitar! There are many different types of sound that you can get with this guitar, and they all sound fantastic. Metal obviously is a hard sound to get with this type of guitar, but with the right effects and a bit of hard work, you can make it happen, when you do eventually get it sounding the way you want it plays like a dream! It suits nearly all styles and is easy to play. I didn't have to change anything on this guitar, everything was set up to a good Standard. Doesn't go out of tune often, and is built very well indeed.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly rock and blues, and they go together like magic! So great sounding, yet such good value. I've been playing over three years now, and I can't afford much equipment, I only have a crappy Yamaha GA-15 amp, and a DigiTech RP-350. If this were lost or stolen, I'd just simply buy it again. Its that good!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I think the guitar could easily withstand a gig, as I've already played 3 with this guitar. But its better to be safe then sorry, so I always put strap locks on just in case. The finish is very good looking, I fell in love with the guitar the moment I saw it. I think the finish will come off after a while, as it would with any Stratocaster, but if it is looked after well this shouldn't happen. The guitar doesn't really need a backup if you use it in a gig, but I'd take one just in case.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action on this guitar is fantastic! So easy to play, but no horrible fret buzz or intonation issues. The pickups are fantastically set up, just at the correct level for any sort of player. The guitar has no faults at all!
Features — 9
To be honest, I really don't have a clue when it was made, I remember reading somewhere that it was made in 2008, but I'm not certain. I think that the guitar was made in China or some place like that. I wasn't able to find out the information on the guitar. These are the features that the guitar includes Maple neck. Maple fingerboard. Solid Basswood body. Nickel plated hardware. Scale length - 25" (21 frets). 3 Entwistle AS62 pickups. 5-way selector Switch. 2 x tones, 1 x volume control. The finish I got of this guitar was an alpine white, as this was the only colour that was made with the deluxe version. The body style is the same as a Standard Stratocaster, and nothing was included along with the guitar itself.