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  • What Strat would you get?

    You've got a budget of about $1,000 - maybe a couple hundred more, so yes, there's some wiggle room on the price. Which Strat (yes, it must be a Strat) would you buy, and why?


     

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  • #2
    I put a Warmoth 24 3/4" scale conversion neck on my strat so it would be the same scale as a Gibson. So with that in mind I would need to get a Warmoth Strat with the conversion neck and some Tronical tuners. I would also go for the same humbuckers that are in my SG- I think they are 490 and 498?


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    • travisbrowning
      travisbrowning commented
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      I wouldn't.
      But if I had too...probably a Road Worn or Classic Player 60's strat. 


  • #3

    Guys, I'm looking for a stock, off the shelf model - any suggestions?


     

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    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

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    • #4

      I'd find a nice, preowned American Standard. Maybe replace the pickups, maybe not. Spend the rest on booze.

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      • Urinate Forever
        Urinate Forever commented
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        Road Worn

         

        The American Special has a gloss finish on the neck, IIRC.  That would be the only thing about it that i wouldn't get along with.  The US Nitro Satin Strat looks alright but I'm not wild about burst finishes on strats.


      • RobRomano
        RobRomano commented
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        Beyer160 wrote:

        I'd find a nice, preowned American Standard. Maybe replace the pickups, maybe not. Spend the rest on booze.


        +1 Honestly just check craig's list or Reverb.com you can find a perfectly good strat for as low as $700 some times cheaper. Then you'll have extra money to customize it however you please if you are not satisfied.

        But if you're going for any strat-style guitar, I would suggest you check out a G&L Comanche or Legacy. If you want the looks of a fender strat they still look at about the same, and Leo Fender himself said they were the best instruments he had ever made (who knows maybe it was just for an advertisement)


    • #5

      Either a replica of something frm the 50s or 60s, or a Clapton signature because of all the great modern upgrades. 

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    • #6
      +1 on the Eric Johnson model.
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      • Trick Fall
        Trick Fall commented
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        Ive got two American Standards already, but I'd like to add a 60's reissue strat. I really want one with a vintage radius, vintage frets and a nitro finish.

    • #7

      Probably one of the Road Worn 50s or 60s Strats. I'm not a fan of relicing per se, but those seem to be the only stock models in that price range with 7.25" fretboard radii. They're also nitro finished which is nice.

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      • #8

        My two strats both have 21 frets, so if I was to buy a third one I'd get one with a 22 fret neck. Also, I could actually consider one with a Floyd floating bridge and humbucker in the bridge position. 

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        • Shine-ei
          Shine-ei commented
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          I'd look for an 80's American one or an early 90's Japanese Strat for that price you could get a really nice one. 


      • #9

        i would get another CIJ/MIJ 1967/68 reissue strat

        almost mint models from between 1995 - 1999 come and go on ebay regulary for way under 1000$

        i love mine, hate my 1997 MIA am. standard strat

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        • #10
          I'd choose between Classic Player 60, American Standard and American Special.
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          • thom
            thom commented
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            I'm into vintage specs myself, more particularly 60s style specs...So if I had 1K to spend I'd either look for a '62 AV strat, or maybe even a Vintage Hot Rod strat. 

            That, or I'd save myself a couple hundreds and go with a mij reissue.

            Or, if I could manage to find a used fender classic 'lacquer' strat...I'd be happy to pay a little more than what a regular Classic series strat costs for the tweed case alone. 


        • #11

          Used American standard, or maybe an older deluxe if you can find one at a good price.  Depending on type of music you are intending to play maybe make it an HSS model.

          I just think the MIA models feel better, are more resonant, etc. than MIM ones, and you probably won't need to upgrade pickups. 

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          • #12
            I have that silverburst strat plus MELX !!! Neener neener! Looks bettr with blk pg fralins now has sev neck lurv the sperzels, i got my strat plia for 400 tho then upgraded modded as per usual, its on par with a 5k master built cs strat i played ive got 1k in it now also has graphtech saddles this is my face strat breidge as well!!

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            • #13

              Phil O'Keefe wrote:

              You've got a budget of about $1,000 - maybe a couple hundred more, so yes, there's some wiggle room on the price. Which Strat (yes, it must be a Strat) would you buy, and why?

               


              Roadworn or a used Eric Johnson Strat

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              • Phil O'Keefe
                Phil O'Keefe commented
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                Lots of great suggestions - thanks guys! :smileythumbsupsmall:


            • #14

              the powerhouse one with the acoustic bridge pickup, in black or white... maybe sub a p90 in the bridge position


              Phil O'Keefe wrote:

              You've got a budget of about $1,000 - maybe a couple hundred more, so yes, there's some wiggle room on the price. Which Strat (yes, it must be a Strat) would you buy, and why?

               


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              • riff ie
                riff ie commented
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                1 w/ less quack, enough reloads avail...


            • #15
              Kudos flood!!

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              • Danhedonia
                Danhedonia commented
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                Is it not possible to audition the guitar first?  My suggestion might sound dumb but I feel that Strats are individual animals, and I'd try out every one that didn't have an immediate 'no' attached to it, whether price, f/b radius, whatever.  I have a MIM 50's RI that's remarkable, and a US Standard that's kind of 'meh,' and another US Standard that I adore. The Eric Johnson Strats are indeed fantasmic.

                Who is it for?  Is it for the studio/general use?

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