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This Strat looks every inch the product of a difficult upbringing: its hardware is 'rustic and worn', giving it a Detroit, circa RoboCop vibe. You have 20 seconds to comply…

Crafted in Indonesia, this Strat has the hardware to back its lairy appearance: a basswood body, a super-smooth Synchronous Twin-Pivot Tremolo and that Duncan Designed humbucker backing up the singlecoils in the middle and neck.

The 9.5-inch fingerboard radius is quintessentially Fender Stratocaster, and is reassuringly familiar on the fingertips. With the larger 60s style headstock and a comfortable 25.5-inch scale length completing a guitar that just feels like, well, a proper Fender guitar.

The vibrato might look rough with its moody finish, but there is both a stability and a liquidity that make it a joy to throb, wobble and wangle.

But while the neck and middle pickups offer a classic Strat tone, snappy and bright, it is the Duncan Designed bridge humbucker that starts the riot.

The choice of basswood for the body calls to mind Ibanez guitars of the early 90s, but it's a suitable partner in crime with a top humbucker that hoists this guitar high over the barbed wire fence of mediocrity and escapes to kill again.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Stable vibrato, tough 'bucker.

Cons

Graphic not for everyone.

Verdict

It's a serious rocker!

Country of Origin

Indonesia

Available Controls

2 x Tone Master Volume

Available Finish

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Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Hardware

Rustic and Worn

Neck Material

Maple

Neck Profile

C Shape

Pickups

2 x Alnico Lipstick Single-Coils

Year of Origin

2008

Pickup

Duncan Designed HB102B humbucker

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