It's a Fender, need I say more?
By: The Journey Agents from Houston, TX
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
See subject line. You really can't beat Fender products in terms of reliability. My band uses three Fender amps, and Fender Rhodes, my tele, and a Strat, and we rarely have problems. This guitar gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
How has it stood up over time?
Again, it is a Fender. I had to replace one of the screws that is used to adjsut the action because it was loose and the action would go all the way down. The same shop that did my set up replaced that screw for free and I have had no problems since.
Your general opinion of this product.
I have been gigging with this guitar for over a year now. I had a local shop do a set up for me, and since then this guitar has been amazing. One great thing is that despite the floating tremolo, the guitar rarely goes out of tune unless I really beat on the strings.
I was disappointed when I opened the box and there was no tremolo bar, but the shop ordered a new one and replaced it with minimal drama. I have used the tremolo bar twice since then, but at least I have it.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Like I said before, the neck feels great. The controls are very east to get to on-stage. I like the placement of the selector switch, and all the volume and tone knobs are naturally places.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
You get a really full range of tones on this guitar, and the whole range sounds good. Like I said, I gave 4 stars for tone and sounds because a $3500 tele is going to sound better, but for $699 I can't complain.
How did the stain or paint job look?
I love the tobacco sunburt finish, especially with the silver hardware and black pick guard. This is a beautiful guitar, even after a year of hard playing. the pick guard is pretty scratched up, but it gives the guitar character.
How was the action out of the box?
The action out when I bought it was okay. I actually chose this guitar based on how the neck felt. It just made me want to play fast & complex lines. For the 8th time, after I did the set up it is great. I play low action and it feels super fast and natural.