Fender Strat Custom - Reviews
The Fender Custom Strat review shows an awful lot about just how good this guitar really is.... actually the second guitar Tony made.
Review of GT-100 from Roland Corp.
22nd April 2012
A review of the GT-100 Effects Pedal. Does this GT-100 REALLY stack up where it matters - on the fretboard? or is it just another revamp of the GT-10? Check it out HERE its online right now.
Also the YJM100 Amp Head from Marshall amps here in the UK... a no holds barred review from Tony Mckenzie. Input also by Santiago Alvarez from Marshall Amplification.
DV-Mark Multiamp Amp Amplifier Review
1st May 2013
I just bought a DV-Mark Multiamp and a couple of 1x12 speakers designed to work with this amp for review. This is another emulator or simulator type of guitar amps.
Find out if this amp can topple the Axe-FX series and all the features that are built right in to the MULTIAMP such as a 500w amp for a bargain price! And does this amp deliver the goods?
Check out this review online ..take a look at the Multiamp from DV Mark and see the most in depth review to date on this product.
Satriani JVM410HJS from Marshall
4th May 2012
But not any more... Joe has revoiced the JVM HJS Marshall amp and here is the 'Inside and Out' Review
I also reviewed recently some old favourite pickups and show a demo of David White pickups for the Stratocaster. David passed away some time ago but he left a fantastic legacy if you can find any... Click here for David White Pickups
Fender Custom Strat - Reviews
Fender Stratocaster Custom Guitar Review 'No 2'
Well what have we here. I wanted a Fender Stratocaster - I've ALWAYS wanted
one since the first time I ever hear Hendrix playing. Before that - well there
was the 'Shadows'. Nothing wrong with them, but somehow they did not hack it for
me, no siree - it was Hendrix that did it for me and the lifelong want of a
Strat that had 'that' sound. The truth is, of course, it was not just
the guitar - it was Hendrix himself. But that did not bother me, I set out to
find the one - the Strat that could give me the sound like no other (and I
really don't mean the Shadows). In my quest I have bought and sold, sold and
bought, traded, well, everything really and nothing hacked it. I did make a
Strat once from bits n pieces from here and there but it did not do it for me,
neither did the many 10's of Strats I've had since 1968.
Then I had this brain wave - to make a Strat like no one has ever done (at least that's my story) and MAKE that one and only Strat that you can't buy from Fender. And guess what? I did.
My idea was to buy Fender parts (I based mine on a 4 bolt Fender neck - a real one) and other parts that I saw fit, and assemble these accordingly. I got the neck new from eBay, The pickups were Fender Abigail Ybarra would on a 69 design, the Scratch plate was a Fender one etc. etc. etc. ad nausea.
But then I wondered about a body for my masterpiece. Contrary to what some people think, I decided that the body was extremely important to what I wanted, a lightweight, exceptionally figured, highly finished piece of superb wood. As you can see from the pictures - I got one. This body is made on the back from Swamp Ash, with a very thin Ebony slice covered with the highest grade maple you can get and very well book matched.
It looked good, and weight was absolutely not a problem... it's hollow. Anyway, I spent MONTHS building this instrument - the shielding inside the cavity alone took me a week! But I spared no expense when I built this Strat and the results were beyond my expectations - a perfect Strat. It really makes me wonder exactly why Fender can't do what I did, they make these copy guitars and put all that time behind them (so they say) but cannot compete with little old me? Amazing.
I even bought a Fender Tweed case (as you can see in the pictures) I liked that one because it's grey tweed - I have not seen one like that before although I'm sure they are around.
But how does it sound I hear you ask? The answer is simple - listen yourself. Just select the track 'Kathy' from the music player on the lower right of this website and you are listening to this guitar. Remember of course that I built this guitar for me not you, so you may not like my sound (or that of the guitar) but hey, music IS subjective and for every thousand people who don't like it if I find one I would be better known than Steve Vai - so there...
For the price of this guitar (it cost me no more than £850 pounds built) I believe that I could not buy a Strat from anywhere in the world like it - and this one I KNOW was built correctly - I did it myself.
So don't be afraid of doing one of these guitars yourself - Fender is a prime instrument for making your own - it's typically a bolt together affair - and that was the beauty of Leo - basically an engineer who could think through one of the best designed guitars in the world. It is uncanny how this design has remained such an icon.
Here's what I liked about this guitar:
- The Sound
- The weight - Very Light under 6 lbs.
- The FEEL of it - plays great
- The look of that body and neck
- Price - unbelievably low for something fender could not make
There will always be some who don't like this Strat - the purists, people who like music to be on level 1 with no distortion involved of ANY kind, etc. But you know what - I like it - and that's all that matters. Trust me on this one, you probably would like this too. Except for the body its all Fender in one way or another (American parts only I should add) and is a cool item - of all the guitars I own this is the best Fender I have ever owned. There is another one reviewed on this site which I like for other reasons and you CAN buy one of those, so check out my other reviews and you will see what I mean.
Fender Custom Strat made by Tony Mckenzie
More images of this great guitar
Custom Strat is based on a 69 era 4 Bolt Neck
Custom Strat Copper Shielding Work by Tony Mckenzie
Custom Strat Internal Switch and Wiring