I’M A SUCKER FOR BEAUTY.
Back in 2003 I bought a Warrior Fully Armed Guardian and was disappointed. My main beef with that guitar was the recessed bridge which I felt sucked the tone from the guitar. Since I was so in love with the body design I thought that it would make perfect sense to check out a 55 Throwback model. After all, it has a floating tremolo instead of the recessed bridge. It is fair to say that this is a better sounding guitar but it still falls far short of where a guitar in this price class should be.
The guitar is designed to produce the sounds of a 1955 Fender Stratocaster. While it does do a decent job of mimicking that sound, it plays nothing like a Fender Strat. It is my opinion that they have not improved the feel over a great vintage Strat. I am absolutely convinced that I do not like Maple fingerboards. They feel too harsh on my fingers. Another thing about this guitar is that it DOES NOT stay in tune worth a damn. This is probably due to the cheap Warrior tuners. This is absolutely, positively unacceptable. This guitar is good but mediocre in many regards. That means I am selling it. I will never buy another Warrior.
Here are some of the features for reference:
• Lightweight Alder Body
• Alder deep dish carved Top in Pearl White
• 1 piece Maple neck
• Faux body binding
• 22 Fret Birdseye Maple Fretboard with Abalone inlays & graphite nut
• Mann floating tremolo
• 5 way pickup selector with Agate stone control.
• Warrior Angel Pickups
• Bridseye Maple pickup covers
• Recessed Spalted Maple Knobs
• Weighs about 7.4 lbs
Build materials & Quality = 9 (would be 10 if it weren't for the cheap tuners)
Sound = 8
Playability = 8
Tuning Stability = 7
Appearance = 9
Overall design = 8