Guitar Review

Fender Cyclone Review

Author: Dave C

I recently bought this guitar, a Fender Cyclone HH in pewter. I’m not sure exactly when it was made; the dating article on the Fender website suggests 2002-2003. It’s got a Strat-style tremolo bridge, a 24.75” scale length as opposed to the usual 25.5” for Fenders. This means you can put heavier strings on and it’ll still play really nicely. It’s got a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, and vintage style tuning machines. It's got 22 frets, which is one up on my Strat. A Mustang-style body made of alder makes this a fairly heavy guitar (substantially heavier than a Strat, though not as heavy as a Les Paul, thankfully!) It’s got a Fender Atomic Humbucker in the bridge, which is one nice pickup. It keeps that classic Fender twangy sound with the added punch of a humbucker. It’s got a Fender Santa-Anna humbucker in the neck, which is another very nice humbucker, and gives you a lovely sound on clean or crunch, ideal for blues playing. I’m considering replacing the bridge pickup, not because there’s anything wrong with it, but because I have a Stratocaster already, and wanted this guitar for a heavier hard-rock sound, and the Atomic could stand to be heavier for that - don’t get me wrong, it’s a great sound in itself.

This guitar seems pretty solidly built, like other Fenders in my experience. I’ve replaced the strap buttons with Schaller straplocks simply because I don’t trust the strap not to fall off. The finish looks nice and thick and good to last. It's a great colour, too; very smart paint job and a the nicest, smoothest rosewood fretboard I've ever played.
This guitar feels very nice, although perhaps not as nice as my Strat, just because that has my favourite neck ever. I’ve set the Cyclone up myself, the tremolo not being quite how I liked it from the shop.

All in all, this is one hell of a guitar for the money. I got mine for £350 because nobody had bought it in the year or so it had been in the shop, and they wanted rid. I’d probably still buy one for the r.r.p. of £550, although I’d consider saving up for an American Fender at that price. Definitely recommended if you can get your hands on this for under £500.

Dave C's Ratings
Sound:9 out of 10
Features:10 out of 10
Action/Finish/Feel:9 out of 10
Reliability/Durability:9 out of 10
Overall Rating:9 out of 10

Submitted: 2007-01-13   Number of views: 4290