Tone Report Weekly 179 - Page 55

house between the protection of polyurethane and the comfort of nitrocellulose. Where poly and nitro stick to sweaty hands, the satin just glides on more acidic hands like it’s nobody’s business. It’s incredibly soft to the touch, so much that you would want to rub your face on it. (I may or may not have done that.) The frets are well leveled, and there is no hint of any jutting. The deep “C” modern neck profile feels more or less the same as with the most new Strats today; it was comfortable to hold and easy to get my hands around. It’s far from the huge planks on the American Standards in the early ‘00s, which is a welcome change. The action and intonation were just about perfect, and the only thing that needed minor adjustment was the pickup height to my tastes. The vibrato system stayed in tune most of the time with light to moderate use, but like many Strats before it the “G” string can be problematic, especially when pulling back or “pitching up” on the vibrato bar. This is fixed with some graphite lubricant on all string contact points with the hardware. Additionally, for the first seven or so hours of playing, my fingers came back from the fretboard with a bit of a black residue. This is usually from the final finishing process on a rosewood fingerboard (which the review model shipped with), so it’s no reason for alarm as long as the finish is not coming off on your fingers, which can sometimes be the case with cheaper guitars. Thankfully, after the seven-hour break-in period, my fingers came back clean and the fingerboard was still nice and dark. The new V-Mod pickups have a voicing that is still instantly recognizable as a Strat, with a unique sort of twist. Fender claims that each pickup has a unique blend of AlNiCo magnets with each one specifically chosen for the position it’s in on the guitar. These pickups are voiced most prominently in the high mids, with a throaty bite to them. It’s not scooped or glassy like a ‘50s- or ‘60s-style Strat pickup, but it sounds like it’s voiced more to cut through the modern mixes and songs of today. They are not incredibly h vWGWBBג6ƗGFR&72F&6RW@FR'&6v2Bv֖G2v6267&F6v@7G&B6WfW&FRW&6&fW766W&W27G&@&W&W6VG26'B`( &V'&F~( f"fVFW"G'rFVF6RfFvR@FW&7G&BW&7G2VFW"PV'&VRvfBFw0RvƖRGFW"v@6^( &Rg&BFPV66&RGFVFFFWFB7V72RFRW&6&fW76W6FrWpFFFFRfVFW"6FrtBtRĔP6f'F&RFvFw&VBg&WGv&B6gBV6f6vW6R6'2Bw&VB7FW62bfFvR@FW&7V72FVF6RW'0b&F7G&B6267607G&B6VBvF&RvЦ֖B&FRF7WBF&VvFR֗44U$0FB'&rg&WG2W@fb6R6W26r6R&72FU&W'B6УSP