Hello there! Back again with another honest review of an entry-level electric guitar by Stagg, S250 model Stratocaster clone! Unlike my other real, long-term and honest guitar reviews, this time you won’t find anything positive here!
If you have already read my article on the reasons to trust my reviews, you would know that I have plenty amount of real-world experience in the musical instruments industry.
I have been working hard to pour everything I know into this website so people get real information, but not cheesy and extremely misguiding pieces of content that have been written by inexperienced professionals.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against the Stagg brand nor I have been encouraged by anything or anyone to look down on this brand.
I believe they produce pretty insane value for money accessories, percussions and stands, but they fail big time with instruments!
Stagg is a musical instruments and accessories brand from Belgium and they have been active since 1995 in this field of business.
As I have already given so many details about how we would test guitars during my service in an e-commerce company that would list over 20000 musical instruments and accessories, I had the chance to play dozens of guitar models from many different companies. Among dozens of brands, Stagg electric and acoustic guitars would sell quite seldom comparing competitors’ models which are priced more or less in the same range.
Before we dive into more details, I would like you to hear Stagg S250 in action within our unbiased guitar reviews concept and also some other shorter videos. There will three videos belonging to the year 2014, 2015 and 2016 which means people would still buy this guitar and also means this is a long-term review!
The first video below was recorded with a Rode VideoMic Pro and a Marshall AVT50 amp in 2014. This might be the best Stagg S250 among the others, please keep watching and reading on if you want to find out more about the reason.
This second video belongs to our non-biased guitar reviews series which was recorded with Marshall JVM205C valve amp + Shure SM57 microphone in 2015! If you listen to this review video, you will understand why I dislike Stagg S250 and other models as well!
During my service in the industry, I was also responsible for managing YouTube and constantly replied to thousands of comments and questions. In order to be fair, we never talked about our own opinions to judge a product rather we would just provide our followers and customers with reviews, statistical data and customer feedback. The one thing I really dislike about this situation is that sometimes people judge your basic abilities such as tuning your guitar 🙂
I have heard many times that I should be learning how to tune a guitar! But the thing that people don’t understand is that even though you precisely tune up your instrument, do your neck adjustments and set up the intonation, some guitars will sound like shit and out of tune!
The very first multiple notes at the same time or chords played will expose the instrument’s ability to produce usable sounds.
You will notice that chords tremble and sound out of tune because of permanent intonation issues.
And even though, there are a bit better versions come out in the same production line, the frets are terribly mounted, the plastic nut as we know the cheapest and they didn’t even spend some time to correctly fit it on the instrument. You will also notice that I am trying to be careful while using the pickup selector switch because it’s so stiff and you can apply too much force and skip the positions.
This last short video above is from 2016 and as you will hear there are intonation problems that are quite clear to the listener once there are more than one notes being played. And the intonation adjustments were already made! For your information, this is a very clear sign of bad fretwork and/or bad nut. In an ideal world, chords being played in any position should ring freely without going out of tune.
Tech Specs of Stagg S250
|Controls||Volume - Neck Tone - Middle Tone|
|Bridge||6 Saddle Vintage Style Tremolo|
|Neck Plate||4 Bolt Standard|
|Strings||No Brand 9-42 Strings|
So my verdict is quite an easy guess I think? I wouldn’t spend any money on Stagg S250 and other Stagg models as well. Sorry, Stagg! While there has been a huge competition among guitar manufacturers and they are now able to offer crazy value for money instruments, I don’t really understand why a company like Stagg does not really care about quality issues.
Here’s another video featuring a Stagg S300 Stratocaster in a blind test video for Strat clones that I made back in the day. It was torture to play a simple riff on this instrument! I have also just released another piece of content, this time roasting an SX EG2K electric guitar (also check it out and avoid it at all times!)
As you have been reading my reviews here, there are many alternatives in this price range from brands such as Squier, Cort and SX Guitars, and they were always way better than Stagg at any given time.
I believe you wouldn’t expect me to write a negative review but as I have mentioned many times in my blog, I have been trying to create the most honest musical instruments reviews for you!
This also includes helping you to save your hard-earned cash! 🙂 If you have any comments or question, please do not hesitate to post it below, I’m always here to answer and help! Thanks for reading so far and see you in the next review!