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May 08, 2007

Bought a new blue Stratocaster on the weekend

I went to Axe Music in Edmonton and looked at Strats. They had quite a few, and I pretty much tried them all. Some of the American strats were awesome - the Eric Johnson strat is a beauty! They cost a little more than what I could afford though.
» Read my Deluxe Players Strat Review

The Mexican strats were of mixed quality it seemed and for some reason, some of them had neck issues. They felt great to play but there were buzzing problems and even a warped neck or two.

I soon noticed the Deluxe Player's Stratocaster, and they were available with both maple and rosewood fingerboards. I usually like maple better, but this time the rosewood ones seemed to play better.

The Highway One strats were also very nice. They cost about the same as the Deluxe Players Strat, and they have big fat jumbo frets. The Deluxe Players Strat looks much nicer by the way, with it's gold hardware and transparent blue color on the ash body.

I tried most of the guitars through a Fender Blues Deville, and they all sounded good to me. A little hard to tell, since there were 4 metal head kids playing their meanest metal riffs in the practice room. The Deluxe Players has Vintage Noiseless. This appeals to me since I often end up with hum and noise problems when playing live.

I am still in the "honeymoon period", so I'll wait a little bit with my formal review. So far, I am having a lot of fun with it. It is a quality Stratocaster, that's for sure. I can definitely tell the quality difference from my cheap Squiers, and that is as it should be for an instrument that costs about twice as much (or perhaps more).

Check out the blue strat video for an idea of what it sounds like.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com


Posted by Robert Renman on May 08, 2007

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