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

2002 WARRIOR ’55 THROWBACK

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