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  • MGR/gregorykicksMGR/gregorykicks

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse Strat

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 05/25/04 at 15:00
    I bought it at the local small town music shop 2 years ago for 500 dollars with gig bag. It was very slightly used. Basically they tore off the plastic and decieded they didn't want it. It was in perfect condition.

    Great overall guitar. Sounds wonderful with alomst any set-up. Very versitile and very fast neck. My fingers slide really nice thanks to the gloss finsih. The mid-boost is a great feature helps give it a bit more punch.

    Don't really need the tremelo, but it doesn't mess the tuning too much. There was too much space where the battery sits and i had to pack it with some foam to stop the battery from bouncing around, but nothing realy that bad about it.

    Excelent. Minor l…
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    I bought it at the local small town music shop 2 years ago for 500 dollars with gig bag. It was very slightly used. Basically they tore off the plastic and decieded they didn't want it. It was in perfect condition.

    Great overall guitar. Sounds wonderful with alomst any set-up. Very versitile and very fast neck. My fingers slide really nice thanks to the gloss finsih. The mid-boost is a great feature helps give it a bit more punch.

    Don't really need the tremelo, but it doesn't mess the tuning too much. There was too much space where the battery sits and i had to pack it with some foam to stop the battery from bouncing around, but nothing realy that bad about it.

    Excelent. Minor lacquer problems in the neck (just from use though) i've replaced 2 tuning gears and some of the screws, but that was my fault i left it in it's case at church camp in the humidity and it sweated.

    Great all-round guitar. If you take care of it it'll take care of you. One of the best deals on the fender market and one of the most uderserved guitars. Fairly new model and not that popular yet, but well worth buying.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/CliffyMGR/Cliffy

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse Strat

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 03/06/04 at 15:00
    Got this in a pawn shop,needed a better sounding guitar so I traded a shitty les paul copy and 150 bucks cdn for this Strat (mexican made).

    Fast and Easy to play, the 12db tone gives it bit more power then a standard strat. barely ever comes out of tune. overall a good guitar

    Needs a bit more crunch, i plan on replacing all the pickups to S. Duncan Hot Rails humbuckers (humbuckers that fit into a single coil solt), takes a 9v battrey that needs to be changed every now and then. and the floating bridge is kinda pointless for the style of music i play (Punk, Hard Rock)

    Grate, its a fender.

    This is pretty sweet guitar for the price, sounds good, plays well and overall just a good peice a …
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    Got this in a pawn shop,needed a better sounding guitar so I traded a shitty les paul copy and 150 bucks cdn for this Strat (mexican made).

    Fast and Easy to play, the 12db tone gives it bit more power then a standard strat. barely ever comes out of tune. overall a good guitar

    Needs a bit more crunch, i plan on replacing all the pickups to S. Duncan Hot Rails humbuckers (humbuckers that fit into a single coil solt), takes a 9v battrey that needs to be changed every now and then. and the floating bridge is kinda pointless for the style of music i play (Punk, Hard Rock)

    Grate, its a fender.

    This is pretty sweet guitar for the price, sounds good, plays well and overall just a good peice a work, first fender i bought, just needs a humbucker in there and its going to be an amazing guitar

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/TheHotFatty  MGR/TheHotFatty

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse Stratocaster

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 11/27/03 at 15:00
    Around when was 15 or 16, I decided I wanted to play guitar. I should have bought a car, but instead, I decided on this. I bought this for $520 at Guitar Center in Southfield, Michigan.

    I love pretty much everything about this piece of equipment. I love how its black color shines under the light. I love the, I believe the term is "perloid" pickguard. It is a very versatile machine. The bridge/body pick-up combonation has the just the right chunk to play the Metallica and Iron Maiden.

    Well, there are a few things I don't like about this. I suppose some of it is my fault. The first time I changed my strings, I went nuts. The tuning pegs were not working out for me. But I dealt with it and n…
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    Around when was 15 or 16, I decided I wanted to play guitar. I should have bought a car, but instead, I decided on this. I bought this for $520 at Guitar Center in Southfield, Michigan.

    I love pretty much everything about this piece of equipment. I love how its black color shines under the light. I love the, I believe the term is "perloid" pickguard. It is a very versatile machine. The bridge/body pick-up combonation has the just the right chunk to play the Metallica and Iron Maiden.

    Well, there are a few things I don't like about this. I suppose some of it is my fault. The first time I changed my strings, I went nuts. The tuning pegs were not working out for me. But I dealt with it and now I am over it. Before I purchased this, I knew very little about guitars. Now I kind of want something with humbuckers so Ican get a thicker sound. But like I said, these pick-ups on this baby give you something to work at. The pick-ups are kind of noisy when distorted and the tone knobs are cranked up, but that is an easy fix, turn the tone down.haha.

    I love the feel of everything. The fretboard is nice and smooth. It has a better feel than anyother models I have played. I like how it contours to my fat.haha.

    This is a great buy. It broke me buying it (don't let that get you down. I was 16 getting payed 5.50 an hour). I fell in love with it the first time I heard it played. I got goosebumps up and down me, the hairs on my neck stood up and my nipples got hard.haha. If you are in a debate weather you should buy a $520 p.o.s. car or an awesome guitar for the same price, go with this. It will make you much happier.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Rob SchultzMGR/Rob Schultz

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse Strat

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 09/03/03 at 15:00
    I bought this from a local shop, only because the online place I ordered it from didn't deliver as promised.
    I paid the 500 or so sticker price.

    The feel is as good as the $900 American so far as I can tell. The tone is very good, in particular the 2nd switch setting, has a great tele/strat twang to it.
    I did replace the bridge pickup with a Seymour Duncan '59 but only because I wanted a bit more bite on the 1st switch, the included single coil sounds just fine for what it is.
    The fit and finish was superb on all visible areas. The onlt issue, and this really is just getting nit-picky, was some paint run under the pickguard, again,nit picky.
    Plays fantastic, sounds great.

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    I bought this from a local shop, only because the online place I ordered it from didn't deliver as promised.
    I paid the 500 or so sticker price.

    The feel is as good as the $900 American so far as I can tell. The tone is very good, in particular the 2nd switch setting, has a great tele/strat twang to it.
    I did replace the bridge pickup with a Seymour Duncan '59 but only because I wanted a bit more bite on the 1st switch, the included single coil sounds just fine for what it is.
    The fit and finish was superb on all visible areas. The onlt issue, and this really is just getting nit-picky, was some paint run under the pickguard, again,nit picky.
    Plays fantastic, sounds great.

    I knew it only had 21 frets, which is standard Strat stuff, but I wish it had 22.
    Otherwise, none, nada, bupkus.

    Excellent overall quality. It feels like a solid piece of gear, unlike some cheaper, knock offs, (or squire's)


    Fine piece of equipment, if you are looking for a 500ish dollar Kickin' Guitar, this is it. Also I forgot to mention the Mid Boost on the bottom knob, this works out great if you want a lead boost without using another piece of gear.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • iamqmaniamqman

    Red or white?

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 01/31/12 at 12:26
    What can I say about Fender Stratocaster that hasn't been said on countless recordings and pretty much every single musical stage in the world. This has to be the most iconic instrument that is ever existed. There has been some modifications in new features added to this guitar over the years but the basic tone shape and feel of the guitar as remain the same. It's one of those instruments that is just a classic guitar that is extremely versatile with little to no compromise. I love the sound of this instrument especially in the neck pick up that pretty much any way I can play this guitar I'm very happy.


    UTILIZATION

    Model Name: Deluxe Players Strat®
    Model Number: 013-3000…
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    What can I say about Fender Stratocaster that hasn't been said on countless recordings and pretty much every single musical stage in the world. This has to be the most iconic instrument that is ever existed. There has been some modifications in new features added to this guitar over the years but the basic tone shape and feel of the guitar as remain the same. It's one of those instruments that is just a classic guitar that is extremely versatile with little to no compromise. I love the sound of this instrument especially in the neck pick up that pretty much any way I can play this guitar I'm very happy.


    UTILIZATION

    Model Name: Deluxe Players Strat®
    Model Number: 013-3000-(Color #) and 013-3002-(Color #)
    Series: Deluxe Series
    Colors: (300) 3-Color Sunburst, (327) Saphire Blue Transparent, (338) Crimson Red Transparent, (367) Honey Blonde, (Polyester Finish)
    Body: Ash
    Neck: Maple, Modern “C” Shape, (Satin Urethane Finish)
    Fingerboard: Rosewood (p/n 013-3000) or Maple (p/n 013-3002), 12” Radius (305 mm)
    No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
    Pickups: 3 Vintage Noiseless™ Strat Pickups
    Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
    Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
    Position 3. Middle Pickup
    Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickups (Plus Bridge Pickup When Push/Push Switch Is Activated)
    Position 5. Neck Pickup (Plus Bridge Pickup When Push/Push Switch Is Activated)
    1-Push-Button On/Off Switch: Activates Bridge Pickup in Positions 4 and 5 of Blade Switch
    Bridge: Gold-Plated Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
    Machine Heads: Gold-Plated Fender®/Reliance Vintage Style Tuning Machines
    Hardware: Gold-Plated
    Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell
    Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
    Width at Nut: 1-11/16” (43 mm)
    Unique Features: Gold Plated Hardware
    Strings: Fender® Super Bullets® 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-3250-003
    Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag


    SOUNDS

    No matter what amplifier or gear set up you use with these guitars they sound amazing. I really like a good Fender Stratocaster guitar with a solid Marshall plexi with four inputs and with a nice floor by 12 speaker cabinet. Use this guitar and amp set up with a good OD pedal maybe some delay sounds good boost pedal such as an Ibanez or a boss distortion pedal and you're good to get some great hard rock iand metal type tones. Pretty much any settings guitar and it's really good shine. Whether that be with the nice clean fender amplifier or Vox amplifier with a clean sound this guitar is really good to give you a solid tone.

    OVERALL OPINION

    These guitars are built in America and they aren't that expensive compared lot of other guitars out there today. You can find these guitars for right around $1000 or so. That's not a bad price for good American-built instrument I recommend this guitar to every guitar player out there because it's one of those instruments has to be played by everyone. They sound great for recording and especially on stage.
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  • HatsubaiHatsubai

    Good price, cool mid boost

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 11/18/11 at 11:17
    For anybody who has ever played a Clapton strat, you'll know the main feature that this guitar boasts. It has a special midboost feature, and that's probably its biggest selling point. I find it strange that the MIM line will have something like this, but the MIA line doesn't seem to have anything comparable. The guitar features an alder body, a one-piece maple neck with a skunk stripe down the back, 21 medium frets, dot inlays, a vintage style tremolo, three single coil pickups, a midboost feature, one volume, two tones and a five way switch.

    UTILIZATION

    The guitar had a nut that needed to be reshaped. One good way of checking if you need to redo the nut is if you're having tu…
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    For anybody who has ever played a Clapton strat, you'll know the main feature that this guitar boasts. It has a special midboost feature, and that's probably its biggest selling point. I find it strange that the MIM line will have something like this, but the MIA line doesn't seem to have anything comparable. The guitar features an alder body, a one-piece maple neck with a skunk stripe down the back, 21 medium frets, dot inlays, a vintage style tremolo, three single coil pickups, a midboost feature, one volume, two tones and a five way switch.

    UTILIZATION

    The guitar had a nut that needed to be reshaped. One good way of checking if you need to redo the nut is if you're having tuning stability issues after you've already stretched the strings. When you tune up, you'll sometimes hear this slight "ping" noise. That's the sound of your string catching on the nut. After about 15 minutes with some nut files, I was able to get this to where it needed to be. A little bit of nut lubricant also helps. There are some liquid based ones that work great, but graphite works nicely in a pinch. The fretwork is decent on this, but there were a few low frets that prevented me from getting the action I truly wanted.

    SOUNDS

    The guitar's single coils are decent in terms of overall tone, but they're far from mind blowing. If you've ever played a MIM strat, you'll know how they sound. To be honest, I'm not even that big of a fan of the MIA pickups, either. I find they tend to be a bit too bland most of the time, so I usually replace them right away with something from Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio or the such. The coolest feature about this guitar is the extra mid boost that you have. It really gives this guitar some extra versatility. With this particular guitar, I found myself leaving it on more than off, but I've played guitars where it sounds better off, so you'll have to experiment.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The mid boost is the main reason to buy this guitar. If that's not something you need, then I'd recommend buying a used MIA model if you can spring the cash. They're a little more consistent, and I find them to sound a bit better most of the time. However, these are still very good models, and I doubt you'd be truly disappointed.
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  • HatsubaiHatsubai

    Midboost feature on this

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 10/25/11 at 15:42
    The Powerhouse strats are Made in Mexico strats that features a pretty cool midboost features. I believe this is the same (or similar to) as the one on the Eric Clapton strat, but I'm not entirely sure. The guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a stunk stripe on the back, 21 frets with dot inlays, vintage tremolo, three single coils, one volume, two tones, a special mid boost and a five way switch.

    UTILIZATION

    The guitar had some fretwork issues, and I tend to find these with the Mexican strats. They're not bad, but I've seen better. The frets were not leveled enough, they weren't crowned enough, and they weren't polished enough. The polishing is easy to fix, but th…
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    The Powerhouse strats are Made in Mexico strats that features a pretty cool midboost features. I believe this is the same (or similar to) as the one on the Eric Clapton strat, but I'm not entirely sure. The guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a stunk stripe on the back, 21 frets with dot inlays, vintage tremolo, three single coils, one volume, two tones, a special mid boost and a five way switch.

    UTILIZATION

    The guitar had some fretwork issues, and I tend to find these with the Mexican strats. They're not bad, but I've seen better. The frets were not leveled enough, they weren't crowned enough, and they weren't polished enough. The polishing is easy to fix, but the rest would be about $150 from a good tech to correct, and then you'd lose a few thousands off of the fret height. The radius on this is your standard radius, and I'm not a huge fan. The 9.5'' just doesn't really jive with my playing style. The nut on this wasn't badly cut, but I'm not entirely sure it's the best sounding nut. That said, for what you're getting (price wise), it's quite a decent guitar, and there aren't many better options when it comes to strats.

    SOUNDS

    The guitar's stock pickups were pretty weak. The bridge pickup wasn't the most defined sounding pickup in the world. It had some output, but it didn't have nearly enough for what I was looking for. You could get a cool rock tone, but it was still pretty bright sounding overall. The in between postions were great for that funky and clean tone. I really like these positions quite a bit, and some people who have strats seem to be in these positions all the time. I never use the middle pickup alone, so no comment there. The neck pickup seemed to lack output, and it didn't have the clarity I was looking for. It got a decent clean tone, but that's about it. The midboost on this thing was real cool, however. It added some versatility that the other strats didn't have.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I actually prefer the midboost on this thing to the normal push button thing on the SCN American strats that you see today. While I'm not a fan of the vintage tremolo, the 9.5'' radius and the lack of a 22nd fret, it's still a pretty cool guitar, and there aren't many other strats out there that have this kind of versatility. One thing I would recommend would be to do a pickup swap as that would really bring a new dimension of tone to this guitar.
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  • HatsubaiHatsubai

    Cool midboost feature

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 10/11/11 at 16:10
    The Powerhouse strats are Made in Mexico strats that features a pretty cool midboost features. I believe this is the same (or similar to) as the one on the Eric Clapton strat, but I'm not entirely sure. The guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a stunk stripe on the back, 21 frets with dot inlays, vintage tremolo, three single coils, one volume, two tones, a special mid boost and a five way switch.

    UTILIZATION

    The guitar had some fretwork issues, and I tend to find these with the Mexican strats. They're not bad, but I've seen better. The frets were not leveled enough, they weren't crowned enough, and they weren't polished enough. The polishing is easy to fix, but th…
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    The Powerhouse strats are Made in Mexico strats that features a pretty cool midboost features. I believe this is the same (or similar to) as the one on the Eric Clapton strat, but I'm not entirely sure. The guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a stunk stripe on the back, 21 frets with dot inlays, vintage tremolo, three single coils, one volume, two tones, a special mid boost and a five way switch.

    UTILIZATION

    The guitar had some fretwork issues, and I tend to find these with the Mexican strats. They're not bad, but I've seen better. The frets were not leveled enough, they weren't crowned enough, and they weren't polished enough. The polishing is easy to fix, but the rest would be about $150 from a good tech to correct, and then you'd lose a few thousands off of the fret height. The radius on this is your standard radius, and I'm not a huge fan. The 9.5'' just doesn't really jive with my playing style. The nut on this wasn't badly cut, but I'm not entirely sure it's the best sounding nut. That said, for what you're getting (price wise), it's quite a decent guitar, and there aren't many better options when it comes to strats.

    SOUNDS

    The guitar's stock pickups were pretty weak. The bridge pickup wasn't the most defined sounding pickup in the world. It had some output, but it didn't have nearly enough for what I was looking for. You could get a cool rock tone, but it was still pretty bright sounding overall. The in between postions were great for that funky and clean tone. I really like these positions quite a bit, and some people who have strats seem to be in these positions all the time. I never use the middle pickup alone, so no comment there. The neck pickup seemed to lack output, and it didn't have the clarity I was looking for. It got a decent clean tone, but that's about it. The midboost on this thing was real cool, however. It added some versatility that the other strats didn't have.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I actually prefer the midboost on this thing to the normal push button thing on the SCN American strats that you see today. While I'm not a fan of the vintage tremolo, the 9.5'' radius and the lack of a 22nd fret, it's still a pretty cool guitar, and there aren't many other strats out there that have this kind of versatility. One thing I would recommend would be to do a pickup swap as that would really bring a new dimension of tone to this guitar.
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  • GérisGéris

    Fender Deluxe Powerhouse StratPublished on 08/09/05 at 15:32
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Made in Mexico
    21 boxes
    1 Volume 1 Tone and Tone + 12 db
    A 5-way switch
    LACE SENSOR GOLD 3 mics on minne (model 1998)

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is very soft and fine
    each access to sharp practice is rarely more I play into the box 20 coins
    Easy handling and perfect balance
    With regard to the sound is good even for IDAL large saturation (thank you the boost 12 db!)
    Very good also for his clear and Blues NICKEL what!

    SOUNDS

    This guitar suits me well, dja owner of an Epiphone Les Paul I find in the Strato Powerhouse all who fail to model les paul, and found no default.
    For now its vibrations are sent to a Marshall VS 100 R but ending for I hoped a fender ..…
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    Made in Mexico
    21 boxes
    1 Volume 1 Tone and Tone + 12 db
    A 5-way switch
    LACE SENSOR GOLD 3 mics on minne (model 1998)

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is very soft and fine
    each access to sharp practice is rarely more I play into the box 20 coins
    Easy handling and perfect balance
    With regard to the sound is good even for IDAL large saturation (thank you the boost 12 db!)
    Very good also for his clear and Blues NICKEL what!

    SOUNDS

    This guitar suits me well, dja owner of an Epiphone Les Paul I find in the Strato Powerhouse all who fail to model les paul, and found no default.
    For now its vibrations are sent to a Marshall VS 100 R but ending for I hoped a fender ... But it is a good compromise (ACSD is the stew rather than a VS 100 R)
    All sounds are good: Nothing to throw.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it recently but I AIMM dj and I wonder how I could go ct for so many years ...
    I buy a 430 OCCAZ, saw the price significantly jutifi impeccable condition of the instrument.
    I do not regret my purchase, I strongly recomand this scratching for ways budjets, a lover of good sound ....
    It's very good quality well finished MODELS compared to today (the microphones are no longer Lace Sensor ...):-(.
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