This guitar has a five star tone with distortion, but clean, it's more like a two star guitar.
A vintage Fender Stratocaster has a much better clean tone.
For Nirvana fans this sounds the closest to the tone on Incesticide, with the Mustang with the Seymour Duncan humbucker being closer to the tone on Nevermind.
The best tone I've found out of it so far is with 10s for strings and with the humbucker adjusted from the factory settings, so it is farther away from the strings for more dynamics. This is easy to do, you just spin the screws to adjust it. It is hard to record because it has such a wide range of sound. It has tons of treble and bass. Even filtered through a wah, it still sounds fatter than a Fender Mustang. Super fatty tone. It sounds amazing live, but on any speaker smaller than a 12 inch speaker, it sounds abrasive and it's not quite right, like watching a movie on an iPhone. You can do it, but I wouldn't.
i just recieved it in sept 4 2018 this is actually my first fender so the story is so i wanted to buy the blue strat i wanted again in japan before i went there, my dad told me to make 2 choices but i made 3 choices so by the time i was in japan(june 8 2018) i wanted to buy that blue strat and put stickers on it because my genre before was pop punk but my mom doesnt want me to put stickers in it even my cousin doesnt want me to do it too so i gave up and said:"Fine i dont want to buy that blue strat ill just buy a mustang or a jaguar."so yeah by the time i got to that guitar shop i saw there's no lefty guitars there but only a lefty les paul which i think is crap so i left the store only buying a pick,string winder/cutter and a set of paradigm strings (june 9 2018).So yeah i was sad i didnt buy it but i called my dad he told me lets call yupangco(aka the fender,washburn and yamaha dealer in the philippines) and we ask them if they could bring that guitar here in the philippines so they did and by the time it got here (sept 4 2018)it was coincidentally a sale and they gave us freebies. so this flop in japan,became a success so i will never forget this story of my jag. also this was my first lefty guitar too my black sqiuer strat is righty but ill convert it to lefty soon also i have no intention to buy that blue strat that i want anymore. and it feels cool it has great tone,its feels small but its good for me.