« Great guitar for the price »Published on 06/23/11 at 08:21
Fender finally did something I've been wanting for the longest time in a normal production strat -- it has a proper radius. Yes, this guitar has a 12'' radius. That means that you can achieve low action without worrying about fretting out. The frets on this thing aren't too bad. There are some frets that need some attention, but it's nothing too bad, especially for the price. It still only has 21 frets which I'm not a fan of, but we can't have everything, I guess.
The guitar sounded pretty good with the noiseless Fender pickups. The bridge is bright and spanky. You can do all kinds of sounds from funk to 80s hair metal with this. The middle is something I never use much, but it works in combination with the bridge and neck nicely to create that coveted quacking sound. The neck is pretty cool, and it has a very nice vowely kinda tone. The real cool part is that switch that allows for even greater versatility when it comes to pickup configuration, but I never really used it that often since I mainly use positions 1 and 5.
For the price, these are some great guitars. If you decide to buy one, play a few and see how you like them as not everyone enjoys the 12'' radius. It can make chording harder for some people, but it's kinda like a Les Paul. If you've ever played one of those, this'll have a somewhat similar feel when it comes to the radius.