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Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster

Reasons to Get
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition over Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster

Weight Relief
Yes vs None
Lighter Body
Decorative Top
Flame Maple vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Fret Material
Stainless Steel vs Nickel Silver
Best fret material that will last forever
Scale Length
25.5" to 25" vs 25.5"
Less fret buzz with less string stiffness
Neck Profile
EndurNeck vs Modern D
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Pickups
HSH vs SSS
High output, round sound with a single-coil for cleans
Number of Frets
24 vs 22
Allows to reach higher notes
Luminescent Sidedots
Yes vs None
Assists you when playing in dark environments
Value Score
67 vs 64
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster over Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition

Country of Manufacturing
United States vs Indonesia
Built with higher quality standards
Release Year
2023 vs 2021
From a more recent year
Scale Length
25.5" vs 25.5" to 25"
Easier to adapt to
Compound Radius
10" to 14" vs 20"
Balanced playability for chords and single-notes
Neck Profile
Modern D vs EndurNeck
Thin and flat neck for playing fast
Tone Knobs
2 vs 1
More tone control
Pickups
SSS vs HSH
Beautiful cleans and good tone versatility
Locking Tuners
Yes vs None
Easier to change strings

Other Key Differences
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster

Bridge Pickup
Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Bridge vs Fender Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine Custom Stack Plus
Different Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
Strandberg middle single-coil vs Fender Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine Single Coil
Different Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup
Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Neck vs Fender Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine Single Coil
Different Neck Pickup
Headstock
Headless vs 6
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Locking vs Bone
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster

Body Wood
Alder
Same Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood
Same Fretboard Wood
Strings
6
Same playing style
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Switch Positions
5
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Tremolo
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut
  • Top Pickup Brand
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

Price History Comparison

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Prices

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Which One is Better for Beginners?

The Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition meets only 5. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

New Player Friendliness

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Short scale
  • Locking tuners

New Player Friendliness

Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Short scale

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in Both

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood
Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

Rosewood is an almost purple-looking wood that is used mainly for fretboards since it's heavy, rare, and expensive. It's sometimes used on acoustic guitar bodies to create stronger warm tones. Find out more about Rosewood.

Alder is the most popular wood that Fender uses in most of their guitars nowadays. Even though they say it's because of its balanced tone with an emphasis in the upper midrange, it probably is because it isn't too expensive, and it's also pretty lightweight—more than Mahogany. Find out more about Alder.

Winner: Tie.

Pickup Configuration

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has an HSH configuration while the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster has SSS pickups.

HSH is a versatile pickup configuration that will give you the high output, full tone, and quiet sound of humbucker pickups, but with the possibility of using a single coil for cleaner tones. The disadvantage is that the middle single-coil pickup will have a noticeable lower volume, so you might want to adjust the height of the pickups. Another problem is that if you set the middle pickup too high, it might interfere with your picking hand.

On the other hand, SSS is perfect for players who like to play clean. The definition you get between notes and the crispiness is unmatched by most other configurations. You can still use it for distortion, but you won't get the same kind of output and power compared to a humbucker, and the hum they produce also makes them less adequate for high gain.

Pickups Quality

Both come with very good pickups from at least one of the specialized brands in the market. With pickups like these, you probably won't need an upgrade anytime soon.

However, the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster has a slight sound quality advantage when taking into account other factors like the type of pickups, magnet, position, etc.

Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Winner: Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster.

Versatility Comparison

Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

Both are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

Neither of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's switch options
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
Pickups 85
Sustain 70
Versatility 85
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 81
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
Pickups 100
Sustain 60
Versatility 72
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 77

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition compares to the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition is built in Indonesia while the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster is made in United States.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

The United States is considered one of the best electric guitar manufacturers in the world. A guitar made in this country is supposed to have world-class quality control. Nowadays, guitars made in other countries can beat some of the ones made in the US, but most of the time, this country offers the best you can get. Of course, that comes at a price.

Winner: Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has a Locking nut. Instead of a regular nut, this guitar has a locking system that will lock down the strings at the nut, preventing it from getting out of tune. It removes one of the disadvantages of tremolo bridges, tune stability.

On the other hand, the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster comes with a Bone nut. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

Winner: Tie.

Fret Material

Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

In this comparison, the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition is the only one that has stainless steel frets. These frets will basically last for the entire life of the guitar. They will never need polishing nor replacement. And not only that, but some people also notice that bending and vibratos are much easier to perform when they upgrade to stainless steel.

Winner: Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

Both come with a similar bridge: Tremolo. Tremolo bridges give you more versatility than fixed bridges. They let you perform the intense vibrato effects that would be impossible with a fixed bridge. However, since the bridge floats and there's less contact with the body, the strings lose sustain slightly faster. They can also be a bit harder to restring and set up correctly than fixed bridges.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

The Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster has the best tuners of the two because they are locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune it without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

Nevertheless, the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has a locking nut, so it should have even better tune stability and doesn't need locking tuners.

Winner: Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
Quality of materials 65
Features 70
Quality Control 85
Build Quality 73
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
Quality of materials 56
Features 75
Quality Control 95
Build Quality 75

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Scale Length

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Scale Length
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Scale Length
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster's Scale Length
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

In this case, the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition features a multi-scale of 25.5" to 25" while the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster has a regular scale of 25.5".

A multi-scale fingerboard incorporates two scale lengths at the same time. This is present in some instruments with long scale to give a different tension to the lower strings than the higher strings. The thickest strings need more tension to avoid fret buzz (especially when tuned low), so the scale is longer for these strings, while the thinnest strings will need less tension (because they have a lower gauge), so they have a shorter scale to reduce stiffness for bends.

It can feel awkward if you've never played a multi-scale because the frets will have more separation for the higher strings, but a lot of people love their versatility.

On the other hand, the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster's 25.5" regular scale means it has a fixed scale for all the strings.This is the scale used in most Stratocasters. It's slightly longer than the typical 24.75'' size found in Les Pauls, and it's one of the main reasons why Stratocasters have such a bright sound in general. A longer scale also means that the strings will have higher tension. This will help you get lower action without suffering fret buzz, which will also be helpful when playing in lower tunings without having to increase your string gauge.

However, this also means that there will be more separation between frets, which can make it more difficult to play. Also, bending the strings will require more strengths due to the increased tension, but remember that a tremolo guitar will offset this difficulty.

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Neck Profile
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's neck profile
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster Neck Profile
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

In this case, both have different neck shapes:

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has a C type of neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

The Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster, on the other hand, has a D neck. This is a thin and flat neck that is made for playing fast. If you prefer a neck that doesn't get in your way when soloing, this is the shape you should use. Guitarists that prefer to have a bit more grip won't like this type of neck.

Fretboard Radius

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Fingerboard Radius
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Fingerboard radius
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster Fretboard Compound Radius
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster's Compound Fretboard Radius

Most guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

In this case, the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster is the only one with a compound radius. This is a huge win because it will give you the best of both worlds: a more curved radius in the first few frets for chords, and flatter as you come closer to the body for soloing.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition favors large hands more than the Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster. But it's still more comfortable for people with small hands, as you can see in the score meter below.

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster:
Big Hands
Small Hands

Fret Size

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition and Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster Frets Size
Both have a similar Medium Jumbo fret size

Both have a Medium Jumbo fret size. These are slightly shorter than full Jumbo frets, so you'll still feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings. However, they interfere less with your fretting hand than medium-size frets. This is a good size if you like easy-to-press frets, but would still like to feel a bit of the fretboard when playing.

Final Playability Scores

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 80
Playability 77
Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
Bending & Vibrato Ease 60
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 70
Playability 70

Specs Side-by-Side

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
General Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Fender Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
Brand: Strandberg Fender
Year: 2021 2023
Configuration: HSH SSS
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia United States
Series: Boden Fusion Limited Edition Cory Wong Stratocaster
Colors: Red
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Chambered Alder Alder
Bridge: Strandberg EGS Pro Rev7 tremolo system & string locks 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: At bridge Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts)
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple neck – Quartersawn, Carbon Fiber reinforced Maple
Decoration: Offset Luminlay Dots White Dot
Scale Size: 25.5" to 25" 25.5"
Shape: EndurNeck Modern D
Thickness: 1st Fret: 1.2'' (30.5mm) - 12th Fret: 1.1'' (27.9mm) 1st Fret: - 12th Fret:
Frets: 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel 22 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver
Fretboard Radius: 20" 10" to 14"
Nut: Locking Bone
Nut Width: 36mm (1.417'') mm ('')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Bridge (Humbucker / Passive) Fender Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine Custom Stack Plus (Single Coil / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Strandberg middle single-coil (Single Coil / Passive) Fender Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine Single Coil (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Neck (Humbucker / Passive) Fender Seymour Duncan Cory Wong Clean Machine Single Coil (Single Coil / Passive)
Switch: 5 Way 5 Way
Knobs: Dome Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 1 2