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Stratocaster

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Posted by Randy Aszman on 2000-12-03
I recently purchased a 1999 Fender American Standard Stratocaster. Although the neck was made in 1998, the guitar is still classified as a 1999 model. This has been my dream guitar for over twenty years, inspired by Jimi Hendrix, and when I found out that Fender was discontinuing the USA Standard line, especially in Olympic white, I had to act. I was able to get an extremely good deal on this model ($700 w/case). However, once I got it home I realized there was a blemish on the rosewood neck that bled into the dressing of the second fret. It was rather rough and I was concerned it would affect the playability of the guitar. I returned it immediately, and within five working days, the Fender custom shop had made it perfect. I love this guitar. Fender Strats are not as easy to play as Les Pauls. I have a 1969 Custom and it is extremely easy to play. Fenders fight you back a little. I had read about this but was surprised to discover it. I am still getting used to the neck radius, which is smaller than my Les Paul. It is a challenge, especially when bending strings and executing double-stops. But tonally, the Les Paul can't touch my Strat. The range of tones that are available from the five position pickup selector switch are impressive. I can go from Robin Trower to Mark Knopfler to Ed King to Yngwie Malmsteen with a flick of the switch. Try that with a Les Paul! However, I beleive I will look for a hotter bridge pickup. I have to radically change amp settings when I switch guitars from the Gibson to the Strat. I suggest the Seymour Duncan Hot Rails as a possible replacement to obtain a hotter tone plus noise cancelling capabilities. Overall, I am proud to be a Stratocaster owner. I look forward to conquering the challenge this guitar gives. I believe I will emerge a better player when all is said and done.

Reliability: 4
Sound: 5
Bang for the Buck: 5
Overall Rating: 5

Posted on 2000-11-30
Those Kramer Focus guitars sold on musicyo.com are a tremendous bargain! Of course, one would be foolish to think that, at that price (69$) the thing would be perfect, but it is still a very good practice guitar! The one I ordered would be perfect if it wasn't for that "hissing" sound when the 5 way switch is set directly on a pickup. The on the 2nd or 4th position, the darn thing even sound good (well, I mean, for that price)!!! The paint job is really decent (mine is lake placid blue...Wow!) and the neck is as straight as it can be. The action is pretty good, no buzz. I think that what Kramer has done, to produce such low cost guitars (if anyone of you are scared to buy such a cheap guitar) is that they used old parts that they had left over. Don't get me wrong, the parts are excellent, but they are just old models. The tuning keys for examples are the same as we use to see on guitars in the late 70's early 80's. The tuning post is a little smaller and the closed back is different than what we see on the market now. But they still stay very well in tune!!! That's why I say that, at that price, it is a very good guitar for anyone starting or even someone who knows how to play but just want a good guitar for practicing. God bless!

Reliability: 8
Sound: 6
Bang for the Buck: 10
Overall Rating: 8

Posted by Mike on 2000-08-06
Hey. I own a 1998 Fender California Strat. It is candy-apple red and has tex-mex pickups. These pickups give you a bright sound/tone and are perfect for any style of music. It isn't a heavy guitar so you can jump around or whatever and it will all be good. It stays in tune good, but when i use not fender bullets and use the whamy bar then it goes out of tune when soloing. You also need to get a tune up every now and then. The only bad thing i find about this guitar is that it doesnt have enough frets to play metallcia songs!!!! Well that is my little review on my guitar. I think it is a limited edition guitar because I have looked all over and cant find it. I think it is worth a lot now. I paid like $600 bucks for it. People with more expensive Strats want to buy mine so it must be good.

Reliability: 8
Sound: 9
Bang for the Buck: 10
Overall Rating: 9

Posted by Matt on 2000-05-19
I have a 1990 American Stratocaster. This is a great guitar! VERY rugged and still sounds great after all the abuse over the years. I definately recommend this guitar to anyone who plays for almost any style of electric guitar.

Reliability: 10
Sound: 9
Bang for the Buck: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Posted by Joe on 2000-05-15
I own an American made Fender Stratocaster. The body is blue and white. The greatest things about the Strat is its ability to stay in tune and the spacing between the frets. I have had no problems with it and the only money it requires is a tune-up every couple of years. The guitar does not weigh much and it is very easy to play.

Reliability: 8
Sound: 9
Bang for the Buck: 8
Overall Rating: 8


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