2012, a good year for the american strat
I've wanted a Strat for many years now, decades, really. I have been contemplating some of the reissues, roadworn, etc., but settled on the american strat. I was hoping that 2012 would bring a change in color selection and was rewarded with the jade pearl metallic. I never thought I would like a green guitar but this color is special changing with the light as the metallic works it's magic. I snapped this one up from a showroom floor and was glad I did as now they are impossible to get.
The guitar had a pretty good setup and I only had to adjust e and b string height a bit. Workmanship throughout is very good with CNC toolpaths doing much of the heavy lifting when it comes to shaping.
The fat 50's pups are really nice. Honestly, I dont know where you would go from here unless you were stuck on noiseless. They have all of the virtues of vintage original types with a bit more punch. The no load tone control is OK, but frankly, I would rather see the greasebucket circuit here.
I like the aged controls and covers and white pickguard in conjunction with this color body. The rosewood board is very dark and reminiscent of Brazilian stock - could be a dye job, I don't know.
My only gripe is that the frets are not recrowned after leveling, but this is true for custom shop guitars, also (my friend has a Gilmore). It is an expensive procedure.
Anyway, you know all the other stuff about the saddles, copper infused block, and so on...
One great guitar that is killing the used market.