The only style of strat I will ever own
By: Paul from Portland, Oregon
What is your overall opinion of this product?
The Ash body and finish is stunning. Compound radius fretboard shreds, and the neck is so comfortable. I normally play Ibanez Rg Prestige I can still shred.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The folks down in Corona, CA did a job they should be proud of. USA Product.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The Maple neck and finger board, the controls are easy access, and head stock is really balanced.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Unbelievable sound, with the three single coils and S1 switch I am able to play a lot of metal songs, even Metallica's One. The pick ups are all balances and there is no hum. There's that standing argument about N3 pick ups but I am sold on them with the S1 switch.
How did the stain or paint job look?
I usually into Black or metallic colors, but cherry burst finishes are some of my favorite. I love the aged cherry burst, perfectly balanced yellow and red.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
It came with an great TSA case and the top hard ware. I would say that I love the bridge (even though I usually play Floyd Rose type bridges) However, I keep the locking tuners unlocked since there are no fine tuners. I like the bridge so much I am unsure if I am going to invest in a Kahler unit, but I will not tear up that gorgeous body for a Floyd. Worth keeping stock!
How was the action out of the box?
Low action and intonation is perfectly set!