fi­nal ver­dict

Which solid­body is the right one for you?

Total Guitar - - THE GAS STATION -

The good news is that you can’t go wrong. That said, play­ers with a han­ker­ing for a clas­sic tone would do well to go for the Stra­to­caster Deluxe. In Bl­iz­zard Pearl, it’s a stun­ning gui­tar, with its nar­row tall frets, bent steel sad­dles in the bridge, and pick­ups all geared to­wards a her­itage in­stru­ment feel and sound with the mod cons of a hum­bucker op­tion. Maybe it lacks a lit­tle power for ex­treme metal but for clas­sic metal crunch it’s a doozy. The Paci­fica, with that gnarly, chewy SP90-1N sin­gle-coil tone in the neck and the al­ter­nat­ing hum­bucker/sin­gle coil of the tap­pable Cus­tom 5 bridge pickup, might be the one gui­tar here that plays the whole field; truly an all-pur­pose op­tion, maybe the only thing it can’t do is cook din­ner and file your taxes. It sounds like a be­spoke cus­tom shop in­stru­ment and en­cour­ages ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with your play­ing. Still, even the nu­clear op­tions, the Charvel and the Schecter, en­cour­age ad­ven­ture. With a ma­hogany and maple con­struc­tion the Schecter stands proud from the alder-bod­ied al­ter­na­tives. Its fin­ish is os­ten­ta­tious but it backs it up with supreme playa­bil­ity and a thick, warm hum­buck­ing tone that can be tapped for a Strat-es­que sound, al­beit with a lit­tle less bite. The Charvel, mean­while, with its gor­geously-sculpted heel and body, and dis­creet in­put jack, is in­cred­i­ble. Like the Schecter, it makes play­ing easy, but for our money – and yours – that pickup con­fig­u­ra­tion, gives it the edge, with heaps of pro-qual­ity tone on tap.

Schecter Ban­shee-6 Ex­treme

Charvel Pro-Mod San Di­mas Style 2

Yamaha Paci­fica 611 VFMX

Fender Deluxe Stra­to­cast er HSS

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