Absolutely Amazing Instrument!! Fender and A.M.S. deliver!!
By: J Brian Suchocki
Your general opinion of this product.
The guitar is top notch. Fender has a significant history in instrument manufacturing, but many offerings are lower cost, off shore models. This example rates with the highest priced custom models. Beautiful woods on neck and fretboard, impeccably finished mahogany body, flawless frets, and heavy duty, black finish hardware. Electronics are first rate.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
I was skeptical about how the tone would be due to the EMG pick-ups. I always associated those with straight up metal. I was even planning on switching them out. However, I have been pleasantly surprised. Pick-ups offer supreme clarity and note articulation. More so, those pickups and the configuration of this model, blends the fender "snap" and the Gibson "smooth" like no other instrument I have ever played or owned. Its pretty fantastic through any amp, playing any style, at any volume.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish on the body is a flat, classic white. Finish is impeccable, but nothing that screams "boutique" finish. On the contrary, the finish is clearly understated, letting the instrument be the focus. So many manufacturers (both good and bad) focus on the emphasis of the look rather than the tone.