Are these things solid? Good for the money? I know Shannon sings their praises.
They seem to me like a great modding platform, and since getting my Charvel San Dimas I've been a real simplistic and utilitarian guitar fanboy. I just love the whole modded strat thing, and these seem really in line with that.
I noticed they've stopped doing the 203FR, and have now released the 213FR, which seems to be identical minus the faux relic job.
Any difference between those two at all? Or is it simply a re-release of the same model minus the relic job?
I played the plain-vanilla strat version (ST-203) of this recently at a used guitar store and wasn't all that impressed. It was fairly resonant, but the frets were HORRIBLE. Like, worse than Indonesian-made Squier horrible. If these were Korean rather than Chinese, I'd be more likely to go for it.