Lodestone: Electric Pro

January 1, 2009

The Electric Pro’s satin-finished “C” shaped neck features lightly polished frets with carefully trimmed ends. This guitar is a smooth player despite not having a super low action, and its intonation is reasonably solid. Set flush to the body, the vibrato feels a little stiff, but it stays in tune quite well. We didn’t try setting it to float, although this could be easily done, if that’s your preference. Compared to a stock Fender Strat with three singlecoils, the Electric Pro is louder and beefier sounding, with a snappier dynamic response and appreciably more sustain. It sounds fat and meaty though an overdriven amp, but it also nails most of the sonic signatures of a Strat, including the requisite cluckiness in the dual-pickup settings. The Electric Pro’s Ferrari-like body sculpting and tilted headstock might prove difficult for Strat lovers to warm to, but this guitar definitely covers all the familiar sonic bases, and then some.

Lodestone Guitars (011) 44 1245 441 1155; lodestoneguitars.com
MODEL Electric Pro
PRICE $1,956 street
NECK Maple, bolt-on
FRETBOARD 25w"-scale rosewood
FRETS 22 jumbo
BODY Solid alder
PICKUPS Seymour Duncan SSL-6 (neck and middle), SH-4 JB (bridge)
CONTROLS Volume, Tone, 5-way pickup selector
BRIDGE Vibrato with adjustable ceramic saddles
TUNERS Gotoh die-cast
FACTORYSTRINGS D’Addario, .010-.046
WEIGHT 5.9 lbs
KUDOS Cool alternative to a Stratocaster. Sustains well.
CONCERNS Sculpted styling may be an acquired taste for some.
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