Future "Classic Oddball" Fender
By: Brett from Richland, WA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Fender Japan. Everything from the fretwork to the feel of the controls feels quality. If anybody wanted to hold up a guitar to strengthen their argument that Japan makes some very high quality products, this would be a great choice. Nothing about this guitar, from the finish to the hardware, looks "cheap" or "import". Something you can't really tell from the stock pics of this guitar.
How has it stood up over time?
Treat an instrument well and they last a lifetime. This gives no indication that it would be an exception to that idea.
Your general opinion of this product.
I immediately shook my head and thought "Man, what a complete gimmick guitar" when I first saw these. And when my friend who works at our local Fender dealer started raving about it, I figured he was just being sarcastic. So I took the bait and drove over to see him and check out this cheesy guitar designed by marketing guys.
I was totally wrong. First off, the guitar looked way neater in person than I was expecting, and the feel of this "U Shaped" neck was incredible. Without it plugged in, I could already start to tell I was really going to like this guitar.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The blend pot takes some getting used to. Because you've probably never played something that uses a blend pot exclusively. That said, once you become used to it, you kind of smack your head and go "Man... this is a way better idea than a 3-way switch". The U-shaped neck surprised me, as did the 6105 frets... very nice!
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
I have found 3 unique tones I absolutely love by using the blend pot. That's a tie for the most I've ever found in ANY guitar. The versatility of this instrument almost guarantees it will be a highly sought after guitar in time. The hollow body isn't just there for looks... It really adds a natural, organic quality to the tone of the instrument. As much as I wanted to hate this guitar when I first heard of it, it has impressed me more than anything I have played in a long time. Seriously, leave your preconceptions at the door... This is really a top notch, WELL THOUGHT OUT (believe it or not) guitar that I really can't see disappointing anybody who takes an honest look at it. I figured I would find nothing about this guitar I would like. In the end, I was so taken by it that I ordered one less than 48 hours later. The 72 Pawn Shop Stratocaster is an outstanding guitar that I can't recommend enough. PERIOD... End of discussion!
How did the stain or paint job look?
Neck tint looks much nicer than the stock pictures. Rosewood fretboard on mine was nice and dark, not dry and "bleached out looking" like the oline pics. Surf Green looks killer, especially with the bound f-hole. Such a neat looking guitar that REALLY grows on you.
How was the action out of the box?
Action and playability out of ANY box is horrible. ALWAYS consider a professional setup into the price when buying a new guitar, especially from a major internet retailer. That said, this guitar's ABILITY to be dialed in perfectly left nothing to be desired. After a setup, I found it perfect. The 3 bolt neck with micro-adjust really is a nice setup feature, despite it's lack of popularity when it appeared in the 70's.