Fender Floyd Rose
After having and letting go a few Fender USA Floyd Rose strats, I decided to go get another Floyd Rose strat. This time, I went with the standard MIM Stratocaster HSS with Floyd Rose in Olympic White. I ordered from Sweetwater since they actually had multiple ones to choose from and listed the weights of each one. That Guitar Gallery was a huge reason I choose Sweetwater. This one was listed at 8# even and my old USA versions were both around 9# so I was happy to shed the weight.
Normally I have to play a guitar for a while before buying, but finding one local (Floyd Rose equipped strat) to play is hard, so I took a chance on ordering from Sweetwater. I ordered it and was immediately contacted by Jacob, my Sweetwater tech. His communication was outstanding, and he double checked the guitar for me before it shipped. It was nice to have someone lay eyes on it before it went out, and he was outstanding in communicating throughout the entire process of ordering, shipping and even followed up after delivery to make sure it met expectations.
Guitar arrived flawlessly setup, in every sense it was perfect from setup to finish. The 55 point process they do is really great and something that makes a big difference. On this guitar, the frets were smooth on edges, tremolo was set up just right for me, pickup height was correct, and it plays fantastic. The feel this guitar has is amazing, on par with the older USA versions I have played. I LOVE the satin finish on back of the neck, makes for fast and easy playing! It seems the MIM products have made great strides in quality over the years. I am hard pressed to say this one performs or feels any differently that the USA versions I have played, but time will tell. The FR tremolo is fairly solid and holds tuning well after heavy use. While the tremolo version is not a Schaller made in Germany, it seems to perform very well but I do wish it at least was the 1000 version Floyd.
As for the electronics, everything works well, and it sounds very good, I would likely switch out the pickups at some point but that is a personal preference thing more than any performance issue. Only reason I give it a 4.5 and not a 5 is I would prefer different pickups, and a FR Original trem (in a perfect world...:), but for the money, this is definitely a keeper! I have used it on a few recording and videos already and it sounds great straight into amp, through a Focusrite Scarlett into computer, with or without effects. Very happy!!