Getting Back To Electric
After years of apartment living, I'd given away or sold all of my electric guitar equipment and stuck with my acoustics. I got itch a few months back after playing a friend's Ibanez semi hollow (a nice guitar, but out of my price range and not my style) so I looked around and this one caught my attention.
It's everything a strat should be: it sounds, feels, and looks like it should, there is no mistaking it. There were a few issues though. The truss rod needed tightening up, the action was a bit high (at both bridge and nut), and the intonation was slightly off, but these were quickly dealt with. It could probably use a fret dressing and a bridge setup, but I'll play it for a few more months first. I expected these issues for a guitar in this price range, and by no means was the guitar unplayable as it came, but a little tweak here and there improved it noticeably.
I was disappointed to find that it had the modern, narrow, bridge spacing of about 2 1/16 instead of the classic wider spacing, but I can live with it and I'm probably in the minority on this. There is also a pretty highly figured slab of wood mixed in with the rest of the body blocks that looks tacky, but it's growing on me. I love the neck, but it gets to be too skinny in the higher frets.
It's a great guitar, and not just because of the price. Its pickups are wonderful. The fit and finish of it is great. I've had buyer's remorse before, but not this time.