Fender Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Plus Top (iOS)

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Fender Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Plus Top (iOS)

Post by Broadwave » Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:17 am

Prices are being slashed here in the UK... Down to £399, so how could I refuse.

I was put off getting one last year (ADVICE - don't read reviews written by nay-sayers who don't know any better). The iOS connectivity isn't proprietary - you can still use the interface via a Mac/PC and no drivers are required, or you can just plug it in normally and give it a damned good thrashing :bananaguitar:

The quality is a cut above the standard MIM Strats, and this model seems to be the only one with a twin point trem (I've never been keen on the vintage style).

It's a dream to play, and way better than the 2005 (year, not quantity) Squiers I have.

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Post by Cat-A-Tonic » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:50 am

:eek: USB guitar!

I guess that could be convenient for some...

So, is it just audio to USB?
or is there some sort of MIDI sent from the guitar as well?

Does it sound as good or better than
plugging the guitar into a separate box and then into your digital gadget?

Does the mini USB cable connection feel solid?

Does it require batteries?

Sorry, I should probably just search for my own answers, but... :hmm:

What is the small (3.5mm?) jack next to mini USB?
Built in headphone amp?

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Post by Broadwave » Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:34 am

Cat-A-Tonic wrote::eek: USB guitar!
Don't be afraid, we're in the 21st century now :hihi:
Cat-A-Tonic wrote:So, is it just audio to USB?
or is there some sort of MIDI sent from the guitar as well?
High quality, low latency bi-directional audio only, no MIDI
Cat-A-Tonic wrote:Does it sound as good or better than
plugging the guitar into a separate box and then into your digital gadget?
I always had to spend time routing my guitars through the mixer, pick the appropriate USB output channel and keep my fingers crossed that my DAW found it - not any more, just plug 'n play. Great clean signal directly from the guitar's USB
Cat-A-Tonic wrote:Does the mini USB cable connection feel solid?
No problems at the moment, seems sturdy enough
Cat-A-Tonic wrote:Does it require batteries?
Nope, powered from the USB source
Cat-A-Tonic wrote:What is the small (3.5mm?) jack next to mini USB?
Built in headphone amp?
That's the headphone return from the USB audio - There's no second tone control for the pickups, it's replaced with headphone volume.

I tried to find my own answers too, but there's not a great deal of info out there - just a lot of purists slagging it off because of the USB connection. I just bit the bullet and got one, and I'm glad I did :love:

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