Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster with Gig Bag 013-8200

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Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster

May 13, 2005
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Pros:-- Simplistic, smooth design. -- Great punk, distorted sound.

Cons:-- Lack of features for the price. -- Humbucker overpowers. Clean sound is below par.

The Bottom Line: If you are a no-nonsense guitarist with an interest in Blink 182 and Tom Delonge, this is a must-have. Everyone else? Skip it.


Fender Tom DeLonge Stratocaster [ 74% ]

Features:

Made in Mexico (2002-2003)

Rosewood fretboard

21 medium jumbo frets

Alder body

Mahogany neck

Pearloid pick guard

Hard-tail bridge

1 Seymour Duncan Invader double humbucker/ 1 volume

Comes w/ Fender Deluxe gig bag

vintage tuners

"70's" headstock (wide)

Price Range: $500-700 on average for new


The Soundwaves [ 79% ]:

Given the name of the guitarist in Blink 182, it doesn't take much to
realize this guitar is specified for emo, and punk music. The Seymour Duncan
humbucker brings out a fat, distorted trembling tone. It holds a lot of
sustained notes on chords, and overall the sound coming from the guitar and
the massive humbucker distortion is great for punk music with power chords.
Unfortunately, the 'clean sound', as I like to put it, does not sound very
clean. It sounds faintly distorted, and playing chords on the 'clean sound'
is quite irritating. Works well with most amplifiers and modifications
and pedals. However, I would highly recommend against using a distortion
pedal or flange effects, as the humbucker is so powerful it tends to overpower
the effects of the modifying pedals or electronics like the line 6.


The Action / Finish / Comfortability [ 72% ]:

The action is very low, which is nice. I am almost always a big fan of
low action. The notes hold in tune, and there are hardly any flaws in comfortability.
This is expected considering it has the typical Fender shape, which molds into
anybody's hands, anytime. The finish is flawless, however, it doesn't leave a lot
to be proud of. Comes in colors such as surf green, sunflower yellow, and
black. It is to say the least, a tad boring and unimaginative.
However, for what it does, again, it does it decently.


The Durability & Consistency [ 81% ]:

The Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster is set up to take quite a beating on stage
and off. It will last a long time, and the hardware is nicely constructed to last
for many, many years. Overall, the strings that come with the guitar stay in tune,
and are worthy enough to play on for awhile if your into the punk, emo, pop genres.
The fretboard does not warp or get easily dirty, and the vintage tuners stay in
tune and play remarkably well. If there's one exceptional thing about this
instrument, it is in this category.


The Features/Electronics [ 69% ]:

...and if there is one area in which the Fender Tom Delonge Stratocaster
lacks, it's in this category. The 'whammy-bar' is stripped away, there are no
extra switches or knobs. All it has going for it, is the humbucker, in which
can cause problems in itself to begin with. There are no tone knobs, all you
get is the double-coiled humbucker and a single volume knob. However, don't
get my negative words twisted. If you are into Blink 182, and other kinds
of similar music, or are simple-minded guitarists, this might be a slice
of heaven for you. There's no way to get confused on customization or
electronics on this guitar. Simple, clean-cut. I just wished it could've
done a bit more, because I feel by engraving the name 'Tom Delonge' on it,
it should have more perks and features, not strip away some standards in
modern day guitars today. That's just me however.


Facts-R-Us:

"When you look at Tom's guitar and his playing style with Blink 182, they're really
straight forward," says Richard McDonald, vice president of marketing for Fender electric
guitars. "He's helped show a lot of people that you don't need to be a maestro to make
good music, and he's reminded even more that you can still have fun doing it."

Ever since Tom was young, he had believed that aliens existed. He had gotten
his first computer solely for the focus on looking up websites that could inform him
about these extraterrestrial beings.

Tom appeared in the movie "Idle Hngs" as a fast food employee, and had one line.

He has a German shepard named Grey.

Apparently his favorite band is Menudo (young Ricky Martin's group).

In the Blink 182 video for "Dammit", there was an Italian movie "Farinelli",
shown on a movie poster. This was a touching story of a man who had his testicles
cut off so he could sing soprano.

Before joining Blink 182, Mr. Delonge spent most of his time working at a
cashier, for a fast food join called "Gary's Chicken and Ribs" in California.

When Mark is doing his Ricky Martin parody in the Blink 182 music video,
"All the Small Things", in the background you'll see a couple making out. This happens
to be Tom Delonge himself and his girlfriend, Jen.


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