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Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster - Black Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from SoCal February 12, 2013Music Background:
    Pro

    Best Strat

    I have a mess of Strats, 3 Made in USA, 4 Made in Mexico, and several Squiers. This is the best sounding and playing. Love the Texas Specials with this neck and body. This is the best Strat value. Of course, Sweetwater is always trustworthy and reliable.

  • from La Mesa, CA January 24, 2013Music Background:
    Pro

    Great Guitar

    Very nice guitar. Hard to beat price. As always with Sweetwater, showed up ready to play. Unpacked it and played a gig that night. Got compliments on my tone. Can't lose. By it.

  • from for wayne,in March 2, 2012Music Background:
    gigging musician of 15 years

    super tone!

    i have used this roadhouse strat at 3 gigs,no problems whatsoever!,s.r.v.tone without the big price tag!,3 texas specials,tinted neck,classy looks,killer tone,very nice guitar for the price,the only reason i give these reviews 4.5,is because nothing is perfect,but this is close!,it was set-up and ready to go right out of the box!,sweetwater always knocks it out of the park!,thanks adam crampton,and brian lemert

  • from Charleston, SC September 8, 2010Music Background:
    Intermediate - Blues/Rock

    Great axe for the $$ - feature rich!

    Got this Deluxe Roadhouse about 7 or 8 months ago and was torn between this MIM and a USA Strat costing twice as much. For me, it's not about cost or the common stigma associated in owning a MIM, it's 100% about what feels and sounds right. You simply cannot go wrong here: beautiful fit and finish, tortoise shell pickguard, parchment knobs/P'up's, TINTED maple neck, TX Specials...just has the look and sound that I was longing for. With a little tweaking, you'll get that classic SRV tone. The only "out of the box" adjustments I made were adding tension to the trem springs (a must as this axe has a fatter tone bar and will bottom out and on mine, it caused the action to be too high...extremely simple fix!) and I adjust the P'ups: 8/64" bass and 6/64" treble and intonation. (I think it's unrealistic to think you can get a guitar out of the box where some minor adjustments aren't necessary.) I've tried a multitude of different strings and I keep going back to the Fender Bullets (9's) as they just feel right to me. I love this axe and of my 9 or axes, this has been my "go to" axe lately for it's great feel and sound. I'm very glad I opted for this model and I wouldn't change a single thing on it...great as is stock and not only did it cost less, but has the P'ups I wanted that would have added another ~$200 to the USA model costing nearly double this. If this axe is any indication of the quality that's coming out of Mexico in general, kudos to Fender! You can't go wrong.

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