« The heaviest metal Stratocaster you can buy today »Publié le 07/08/11 à 08:38
This Fender has a real Charvel super strat feel to it. It has the smoothened out neck joint heel that you find on high end Fender guitars. This gives a bit better access to the upper frets. I have heard that the neck profile is based on Jim Roots favorite Charvel guitar and you can really feel it. The neck has a compound radius like you would find on a Jackson nowadays. The compound radius allows the for great playability on both ends of the neck. Near the headstock on the low end the radius is 12 inches which means the fretboard is slightly more curved up there to make playing chord shapes more comfortable. Near the high end the radius is 16 inches which makes shredding and lead playing effortless. The locking tuners are a great feature and I wish every guitar came with them. This with the huge frets make the action so easy the guitar pretty much plays itself. The ebony fretboard is smooth to the touch and well finished.
The one thing I would do different with this guitar is the pickups. I am not a big fan of the 81 and 60 combination. EMG's are some of the best active high output pickups you can get for metal. Since they are active they need a 9v battery to work. The 81 in the bridge is a classic setup for metal. The 81 gives you great high end crunch and clarity even in the lowest of tunings. With the 81 harmonics pop right out and you get a nice searing high end tone. This high end is what keeps the sound nice and clear. The 60 in the neck is a pretty much neck only pickup. It is not super high output and is best used for clean tones. In the neck position I personally prefer an 85. The 85 has about the same output as the 81 and I think it is better for dirty solos in the neck position than the 60 is. I would have liked to see them put an 85 in the neck. The 85 in the neck is a great pickup too. It has a more fuller sound than the 81 so in the neck position you can get fat lead tones. The 85 is also good too in the bridge. With EMG's quick connect system you can easily swap these pickups position without soldering anything. The 85 in the bridge produces a super thick tone and cleans up better than the 81. Speaking of cleans if you do the 18v mod on the EMG's. With the 18v mod you run the pickups on two batteries instead of one. This provides a more organic tone with more headroom.
Its like Jim Root and I are on the same wave lenght when it comes to guitars. This guitar is pretty much exactly what I would do to a Strat right down to the big 70s headstock that no one likes. If you are looking for the heaviest strat possible this is it. Finally there is a strat designed to melt faces with metal tone and most importantly it has the 70s headstock.