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Fender Double Fat HH Stratocaster Review

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Fender Double Fat HH Stratocaster Review

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Jonezee

Quite a funny story why I ended up with this guitar… about ten or so years ago I had been out on the booze all night and was making my way home on the train about 7 in the morning.

Bizarrely, on my travels I bumped in to my bass player from the band we play in, who was just finishing his night shift. It was a gorgeous summers day so we decided the best thing to do was meet back up later and spend it in the beer garden of a pub.

…Love this guitar! …does everything I need it to…

Once I had got home and attempted to sleep (unsuccessfully) I got showered, fed and went back out to meet my mate in the pub. Conversation got on to upgrading my guitar to a better one. I already owned about 5 or 6 but they weren’t particularly good and kept braking. I somehow got dragged to the local guitar shop to try out some guitars.

The attendants in the shop were only too keen to force various guitars upon me in my sleep deprived, hung-over state. I had pretty much narrowed it down to a Gibson Les Paul (something) in a beautiful cherry sunburst and a Fender Stratocaster in cream which had two humbuckers instead of single coils.

Anyway, after some deliberation we retired back to the pub. Noticing my renewed enthusiasm for wanting a new guitar, my mate insisted I run home pick up all of my other guitars and trade them in for the one I wanted.

Back to the guitar shop we went, handed over about 3 guitars and gave cash for the remaining balance (cost about £1000 if I recall). I was now the proud owner of a Fender Strat!…  and still got it today. And did I go home a play it all night long? Nope, I went back down the pub!

Features:

2 x Tex Mex Humbuckers pickups (since changed the bridge to a Bare Knuckle Fighting pickup).

Tortoise shell scratch plate, fender trem. Wood body??? Other stuff??? Hole in the scratch plate where I tried to fit a laser (wtf).

Ease of use:

Very easy to play, nice slippery neck. Pretty great all-rounder although probably not a first choice for shredders!

Sound Quality:

With the multiple ways of switching the pick-ups there are lots of sounds to get out of this. From the heavy thud of the humbuckers to a typical Strat twang. Very versatile indeed.

Reliability:

Only had it recently re-fretted and serviced as it was showing signs of abuse! I’ve done a good thousand or so gigs with it over ten years, and aside from strings breaking, it has never failed.

Overall Rating:

Love this guitar! Probably won’t change it now, don’t need to! Does everything I need it to.

From monster riffs sans Muse, RATM et al to crystal clean cleans(?). Lots of variation just switching through the pickups.

Few dents and scratches on it now but it has been a trusty companion for many years and hope it has many more years to come.

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Jonezee

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