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Has anyone here actually bought one of these? Reviews online seem rather good but there's only a few and some are suspiciously enthusiastic. I'd like to get back into playing so I'm not quite a beginner but I also think a $700-$800 Fender would likely be overkill. I choose my guitars based on neck feel and playability and was hoping I could get this as a general use instrument (and not the toy a Starcaster or Fender Bullet seems to be). Any good FW people out there with experience on this one? TIA!

From what I've read, experiences vary. Some people mention fret buzz; others have none. If you bought one, a trip to the local luthier for a set-up may be worth your time and money. If you're looking for a $72 strat-style guitar, you probably wont find one better in this price range. If you're looking for a $300-$500 guitar, that's a whole other ball park. It's not a Fender.

It's less than $100 for a brand new guitar (with bag, normally $30 or more by itself). You can't expect it to be stellar and anyone that does isn't being realistic. If it plays decent and sounds decent then you got a hell of a deal at this price. Some fret buzz issues could be from the neck or intonation issues requiring setup, or making sure that the thing is tuned properly (not dropped 2 1/2 steps down to mimic the tuning of your favorite grindcore band for example). For beginners, it's hard to imagine finding a deal better than this.

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