Pros: Top notch fit & finish. Good Tone for neck, bridge pickups.
Cons: Hard to find as new. Not one of the two 'big brand names'.
The fit and finish of this guitar matches any Yamaha or Fender available at any price.
The tone in the neck pickup is wonderfully mellow. String gauge (medium to thin) affects tone and brightness of the neck pickup. Thin strings are brighter medium strings provide more of a 'thick jazz' tone.
The bridge pickup is very 'tele twang' bright, and suitable for traditional tele country, rock, and rock-a-billy sounds.
The only color of this model that I really like is the amber burst, which has gold hardware (tuners, bridge, and neck pickup cover) to match the amber body. The pearloid pickguard is a classy touch to this model. The translucent green is too bright for my tastes, especially with the white pearloid pickguard. The violin sunburst is ok, if you like the color. I have received many compliments on the amber burst body color of the 402S I own.
I have owned 7 or 8 brands (all the big names) and this guitar is one I return to for
- ease of playing
- tuning stability - it just stays in tune
This guitar is a keeper. Buy one while you can, or get one used before they get too old. It's nice to get one in good shape while you still can.
I found one at a local shop, so if you are lucky you can probably still find one 'new' or in 'very good' used condition.