This is my new "Go-To" Guitar
By: David from Stillwater, MN
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Never had anything but good luck with all my Fender products.
How has it stood up over time?
The guitar just came out on the market, but 99% of this hardware has been used on countless Fenders before, and I expect to get a LONG LIFE and a couple thousand gigs out of this thing.
Your general opinion of this product.
Best $799 guitar I've ever owned. More sounds than you can shake a stick at (18 pickup switching configurations), a GREAT feeling neck & body (very small & light), nice hardware (tunes, bridge, etc.) and I love that the volume knob actually helps dial in an endless amount of additional tones (a great roll off for cleaning things up). I grew up as a Tele & Strat, eventually stuck with the Tele, but this baby is now my go-to guitar. ONLY COMPLAINT: Wish access to the truss rod was at the top of the head stock instead of at the base of the neck.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Lovin' the neck and the smaller sized body and short scale. Doesn't feel like any other guitar I've ever owned, and I'm really lovin' that. Something new and unique for me.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
With 18 different pickup configurations and a volume knob that actually changes my tone with a little turn (much like how Jeff Beck plays with his tone via his volume pot) I can't imagine not being able to play a whole show with just this one guitar. I'll still love my Tele, but I'm pretty impressed with this thing right now, and it quickly become my new go-to guitar. Got a gig tonight (should be playing for a good 8 hours - 5pm-1am) and I've decided that this is the only guitar I'm bringin' tonight :0)
How did the stain or paint job look?
How was the action out of the box?
The factory setting was pretty low and strung with 9's. I usually string up with 11's, but the 9's really feel good on this unit.