Re: Fender VG Stratocaster
I purchased the VG during closeout at the $999 price and it's a steal at that price. I read here that someone felt the feel of the VG was that of a cheap Mex strat... I strongly disagree. I have 2 mex strats and I'm very fond of them, they're adequate and produce a pleasing single coil sound. I know mexican strats and this my friend is no mexican stat...the VG is easily the better player by far. It holds tune better, the jumbo frets are a joy, passive pups are a far cry sweeter then the mex pups and, in active mode...no 60 cycle hum.
I have, for the last 8 years, been fortunate to work in a constantly busy blues band in the Albany, NY area. Carting 3 guitars (main guitar, back up and slide set up axe) to gigs is a problem because of the footprint I'm limited to in some smaller venues. I appreciate a guitar that can switch to G or drop D tuning with the flick of the wrist or switch to resonator or humbucking. Granted, the VG may not be for the home recording musician armed with a barrage of guitars within easy reach but if you're playing blues through a Deluxe Reverb to a live audience and you want to "kick it up a notch" it sure is nice to have the tonal flexibility at a moments notice. The VG is not perfect but it's solid and it provides flexibility on the fly, on the stage...and that is where it's real value comes to play. I'm very pleased with the VG.