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Saturday, 20 September 2008 03:58
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Saga Guitars Stratocaster Kit                      

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 3.0 
Action, Fit and Finish:

Saga Guitars Stratocaster Kit

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Price: About $120.00
Value: 5/5

Features: 4/5
    Standard Stratocaster specs, 3 single coil pickups, vintage tremolo arm, 1 volume, 2 tone controls, 5 way selector switch.  Mid pickup is reverse wound/reverse polarity for hum canceling in positions 2 and 4.   

Action, Fit and Finish: 3/5
    Body is a nice looking piece of basswood, clear finished. It’s up to you to decide if you want to paint it.  I painted mine a dark blue, and it came out looking nice. It’s possible to just leave it the way it is, though.  The neck comes unfinished, and feels very nice.  It’s a good idea to put some finish on it though, to keep it from warping.  Frets are nicely crowned, no real issues.  I keep the action pretty high for solos, but it’s possible to get it pretty low.  Truss rod took a few turns, but nothing that major.  If you don’t know how to do this, take it to a tech!

Sound: 5/5
    Beautiful sound!  Bridge pickup sounds great when the amp gets cranked.  When I play rhythm, I roll the treble off the middle pickup and play with the neck and middle pickups selected.  It’s amazing.  I may switch these pickups out at some point, but for now, I’m keeping them!

Overall: 4/5

    Considering the price, this is one of the best guitars out there.  I like my Saga Tele more, but I’m partial to all Teles.  Sure, you have to put it together, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be a little difficult.  The instructions that come with the kit are great, and I had no problems.  The tuners are a little shaky, and I’ll change them eventually, but I’ve had more problems with guitars that sell for more than three times the price of this guitar!  I would highly recommend this kit to anyone who is interested in building and playing their own guitar.  If you’re just starting out, after you put it together, take it a tech to get set up.  It’s not that much money, and it’ll save you a bunch of headaches.  The only thing you need to do, however, is change the strings.  The ones that  come with the guitar are awful, and you shouldn’t bother using them.



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