The infamous Fender Stratocaster is one of the most widely played guitars in existence today. With legendary guitarists such as Jimmy Hendrix and David Gilmour having used them, it is no wonder there is a wide range of Strat copies. Every guitarist has probably heard of the Strat copy by Squier; Squier guitars are made by Fender. However, a less known copy is the Stagg Strat, a very affordable electric guitar. Of course, this isn't an ideal guitar for an experienced, professional guitarist, but for a beginner; it does the job nicely.
Looks and Features
The all white Stagg Strat is strikingly clean looking, and particularly eyecatching. There is no denying it is a very attractive guitar. It has 21 frets, a solid body, and its neck is made of maple-wood, while the fretboard is made of a dark, rich Rosewood. Obviously, it is modeled in the body shape of a Strat. It is extremely durable, surviving all forms of knocks and bumps. It has three single coil pickups and as standard comes with a whammy bar. For its price, the guitar has a lot of nice features, providing a beginner with a good opportunity to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of a good quality guitar. Overall, it's a very nice looking guitar, with a multitude of appealing features.
Action, Fit and Finish
Straight away you get the impression that it is a surprisingly responsive guitar for its price. It is a pleasure to play, with jumbo frets, easily bendable strings, and a nice soloing action. The whammy bar is a liittle stiff, however. For the most part, the action is fairly high and there is minimal fret buzz on the lower frets. While a high action guitar may not appeal to some guitarists, it is perfect for a beginner, or a guitarist making the transition for acoustic to electric. The guitar manages to stay in tune after hours of shredding, however when i first bought this one string constantly went out of tune, but this was solved when i upgraded to a better set of strings. However the original strings do the job nicely, and are ideal for a newcomer to the guitar world. This guitar has a very smooth action, a durable fit, and a reliable finish.
How Does It Sound?
I play a variety of genres, and overall this guitar has never let me down. It sounds best playing clean, blues or light rock. However, it is not well suited to playing metal, giving off a flat, disorientated sort of buzzing sound. Nonetheless, it is suited to every other type of music, and has never failed to produce a satisfying tone for any other genre. The top pickup is the best, producing a rich, full tone. The bottom pickup is also quite nice, but the middle pickups can sometimes give off a slight buzzing. However it is not that bad that it gets annoying. The experienced guitarist will obviously not find the sound of this as satisfying as a better quality guitar, such as an original Fender Stratocaster, but for a beginner, or even a moderate guitarist, the sound is definitely acceptable at the very least. At the very most, the sound is rich, satisfying and full, with a pleasing tone.
Overall, this is a very nice guitar, ideally suited for any beginner, or moderate guitarist. It is undoubtedly as good as any Squier Strat copy, both having their own individual pros and cons. It is an attractive guitar, with a nice tone, a crisp, clear sound, and is a joy to play. It is extremely durable and reliable, and has never let me down. It is gig worthy (with a back up of course, always have a back up). Stagg have done a very good guitar on creating an imitation guitar, but one must remember that is exactly what it is, an imitation. Don't be expecting something of the same level as an actual Fender Strat. Nonetheless, it is a great guitar for the price, which i would rate a very respectable 7/10.
Christian on February 21, 2017:
On a normal strat the strings are runing through the body using holes. maybe this is a top-load system system here, with strings attached to the bridge on the front, just like with my own stagg tele copy.
On a cheap copy this system of string holding on top is more likely for obvious costs reasons, than on more expansive ones
HumanPerception (author) from Ireland on February 24, 2012:
@Daniel D'Laine: To be honest I'm not sure, I'd advise you to bring it to a music shop or guitar repair shop to have a look at it. Sorry I cannot be of more help!
Daniel D'Laine on February 22, 2012:
Got a Stagg Strat copy... how does the trem work if the bridge is bolted to the body with the 6 screws? The springs are in place but there is no angle to the bridge where the screws fix it to the body. Is it the wrong bridge? (It has a trem arm) ???