Conclusion: The guitar had just sat after being played only 10 minutes, cause I have nie electrics, my strat copy was in for some repairs. I just recentely picked it up after it layed on my weight bench for monthes untouched, and it was still in tune, and I was impressed with the sound and with the playability of this cheap guitar.
Conclusion: I have been playing enough years to know what makes a good guitar and have owned quite a few from an expensive PRS and Gibson SG to various Fenders etc and sooner or later they all start to wear just the same. For the price if you are just starting out, want a solid backup, or a cheap guitar to tinker/mod the Aria stg range is worth a look, theres also one with an active mid boost!
Conclusion: i've been playing seriously for almost a year now, february march will roughly do it and i've owned the guitar since april 2001. i also own a marshall 1watt amp, (help!) if it were stolen i'd be bothered about it since it's the only electric i own, but if i had the cash i'd definetely buy something else, infact i'd buy sometihng else now if i could. i just like the strat style of it . i've also payed on an Academy which is basicaly the same, although seemed even better.
Conclusion: I was about to buy a new non-deluxe version before I saw this one. I don't think I would have been dissapointed but glad to have the extra mid-boost. (I would probably have bought the STG with h/b at the bridge though). I have tried various 'cheap strats' and this was the best value for money bar-none. My favourite feature has to be the great slim neck which is so easy to play. It has to get a 10/10 for me.
Conclusion: I love Aria guitars (though I have sold quite a few on ebay when I found I no longer play them) as they're cheap but never shoddy. I also love maple necks but most of the guitar bargains I see involve rosewood type necks. At sixty five pounds I feel I haven't actually spent very much. If you want a maple strat as good as Fender get this. You could sell the body but the neck is for keeps!