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SX SST 62 Stratocaster Review

This was intended to be a review of the SST 57 Strat, but I was accidentally sent the SST 62 instead. The only difference between them is the fretboard. I bought the kit - which means it comes with an SX practice amp, a tuner, picks, strap, guitar cable and a DVD. All this for $99.99 - can you believe it!?

Is the SST 62/SST 57 a quality guitar?

Well, overall I would say this guitar certainly needs a tune up and some minor fixes done to it, but if you can take that, then you have a very solid strat for a hundred bucks. It's not as good as a Mexican or American Fender Strat, but replace some parts and you are not far behind.

First thing needed was to set the intonation. It was way off, but I find the same thing be true with almost any guitar I've ever bought or tried new in a store. It's one of the important things a guitar player needs to do to his guitars regularly.

The nut is cheap plastic and must go. The bridge is so-so, but I'll see what gives after I get a new nut and make some adjustments to the bridge. Right now my SX SST62 doesn't stay in tune well if I use the tremolo arm, but that can be improved upon with some work.

The tuners seem okay. There are better tuners out there, but so far I think they will do for me. The bridge saddles could be swapped out for better ones for a better tone. Overall, the hardware is cheap on this guitar, but obviously they need to cut corners somewhere in order to be able to sell them so cheaply.

You can get one too at Rondo Music!

Features * * *

The yellow color on this SX SST62 was a surprise - but I actually love this color. The finish is good enough, but I saw some major mistakes. It looks like small strands of hair are stuck in the paint! You can only see if if you look closely, and to me it doesn't matter at all.

It has a dual cutaway solid alder body. Since it is a stratocaster copy, it has hree single coil pickups, one volume and two tone controls plus a five way pickup selector switch.

The bridge is a Vintage fulcrum bridge, with six adjustable saddles. The truss rod is adjustable. The neck is maple, and the fretboard is of rosewood. The frets are jumbo frets, and it has 22 frets.

The neck is a little wider and chunkier than on my Squiers. I am not sure yet if I like the neck. It is harder to play than my Tele or my '51 and gives my hand a tougher workout. The jumbo frets needs a little polishing but they are really nicely done. There was a little hump on around the 10th fret that caused some buzzing. Very small bump, but it's there.

How does it sound?

Sound * * * *

The pickups surprised me. I think they sound good for the price of this guitar. I have a set of Fender CS 54's, and while they certainly do sound better, the difference is smaller than I expected. I put these pickups in a Squier Strat, and they sounded great in that guitar too. I have to say this guitar sounds very good out of the box, crazy good actually, if you think about the low cost of this guitar.

Summary

Overall * * * and a half

Overall, I give the SX SST 62 3.5 stars out of 5. Deciding factor is the price. With some smaller upgrades and fixes (nut, tuners, saddles) you have a fine instrument to a fantastic price. Compared to my Indonesian Squiers, I feel the quality is slightly below the Squier standard, but not by much. These guitars also cost less than Squiers. Keep in mind the quality control on cheap guitars isn't so good, so it's the luck of the draw. You can get a diamond one day, or a sour grape next day.

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