Fender Hot Rodded American Texas Special Reviews
Mine is a 2001. My wife decided to go back to school full time so I don't have to tell
you money is a bit short. I'm a hack when it
comes to talent so it was difficult to justify tying up so much money in a Les Paul Standard. So I decided to "downgrade" . I decided not to go too cheap because I knew in a year I'd be back at the guitar store. I had put a nice used Ritchie Blackmore Strat on layaway until I could sell my Paul. In the meantime I had noticed a Texas Special discounted $350. $1099 Canadian from $1450.
I had to try it out. The reason for the discount? Discontinued Color Not the prettiest pale metalic Blue.But what a neck and the frets are big like the Paul (almost).
I have small hands so in the end I have an easier to play Axe, built at least as well and for $650. less than I sold my used Les Paul for. My first guitar was a Mexican Standard a couple of years ago. Not a bad Axe for the money but the frets and electronics are much better on the T.S. With the Mexi. I seemed to always get stuck on lower frets when bending. This fretboard is a bit wider(1 of the reasons I went to a Gibby in the first place!), but still easy to play with smaller hands. A guitar is an investment so it's worth spending a a bit more for good Quality. This guitar is easier to play than a squier or mexican. So if you can afford it I'd recomend it for an older beginner or teen as long as you're fingers arn't too short. There are other good "Bang For The Buck Guitars out there so look at the new Highway series and the Godin line. These are others I that give top Quality for moderate money.edrw rated this unit on 2002-12-17.
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