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I've never been a fan of strats really, other than one that I built as a project when I was 14 I've never picked one off the shelf that felt comfortable or had a good action. However this Mexican Standard felt great right away! I did a little fine tuning to the action and set the intonation a little better but from the first chord it felt really quite nice.
People always hate on Mexican Stratocasters, but I think if you find the right one then you can walk away with a damn good guitar for the money! This was certainly the case with mine. The sound quality is great but I'll probably upgrade the pickups anyway, and the neck feels brilliant.
Overall this guitar plays really easily and sounds much better than you'd expect of a "cheaper equivalent" to the favoured American Standard.
Don't underestimate these Mexican made strats. There's over 50 years of sounds in 1 guitar! from early knopfler right up to ed sheeran. Amazing axe, if you're chasing a strat without breaking your bank then go for this!
Mine is a 2002 model in blue agave with a rosewood fretboard. From the Please Standby EP era (2008) until 2014, it had a slanted humbucker in the bridge and various stickers. Currently it has been returned to the stock S/S/S configuration and all stickers have beem removed. Used as main live guitar in Foxes Have Holes, as backup and drop C# guitar in Please Standby
This was my first ever real fender and I like it a lot, you can ring a lot of great tones on it, I have this guitar in red with a maple board. The bridge pickup is just that little bit too sharp to get a good overdrive tone, and on some settings on mu amp, the clean tone is a little bit weak, however, I love my strata and its a very versatile guitar.