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  • California Series Strat - Upgrade over a newer MIM

    Hi Guys,
    I recently saw a really nice MIA 97 California Strat that I could pick up at a decent price but I am wondering if it's worth it? It feels good and plays nice but is it a step above my 07 MIM? I've upgraded the pickups, switch, jack, and pots. I mean, who doesn't want another guitar but is this really a better strat overall? I hear mixed reviews. Not so much about the quality of the guitar but the California Series guitar vs current MIM production.
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  • #2
    Current MIMs 08 to present are pretty nice. For me through they still have the 1 5/8th nut that I just don't care for.

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    • #3
      The California Strats were great guitars. The pickups were Tex-Mex, IIRC the bodies and necks were MIA. The one I had had the tub rout typical of 90s US models. It had a vintage style bridge and did the "bell-like" thing very well. I stupidly traded it in for a Custom Shop strat that wasn't half as interesting or soulful.

      That said, I don't think they're worth the $600-$800 people want for them now. If you've got a good MIM Strat with a neck and pickups you like, you're 98% of the way to the California Series.

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      • #4
        I don't think you'd be trading up, really. But if you want to keep your MIM and buy another Strat (you can't have too many, you know), then go for it.
        Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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        • #5
          Two strats? I have 5 but if you really want another guitar and have limited funds, get something Les Paul like. Otherwise, I am all for two of the same, because they never are the same.
          MIA Fender Strat / Gibson Les Paul Studio / Custom Telecaster / Washburn WI66 / Custom Stratocaster / Martin D15S / Guild D55 / Simon & Patrick Cedar / Martin HD16R LSH​

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          • #6
            Of course this is just my opinion. But, I feel the California Series Strat is quite a bit better than today's MIM. Better bridge and better pickups.
            My Gear:


            2007 Carvin Bolt-T (NOW with Dimarzio Air Zone/Cruiser set)
            2002 Les Paul Classic (with Dimarzio PAF Classics)
            2003 MIA Standard Strat (with GFS Boston Blues)

            1990 Randall Pro Tube 1000
            1996 Fender Hot Rod Deluxe


            Pedalboard:
            Korg Pitchblack, Barber Tone Press, Bearfoot HBOD, Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz, Bearfoot Model H, Timmy, Mooer Eleclady, Mooer Ensemble King, TC Electronics Flashback X4, TC Electronics Arena Reverb

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            • #7
              What are they asking? I got a mint one at Sam Ash last year for $500 and was very happy with it. Really nice neck.
              I one day hope to be the man my dog thinks I am.WORDS OF WISDOM FROM VARIOUS MEMBERS"most often the guitar will rise or fall to the level of the player""people overthink ****************""Sometimes you gotta know when to shut the **************** up and have a little class. Not you, you're special.""If it sounds good to you then it sounds good"The bull**************** and myths in the guitar world are stacked very high.

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              • #8
                I traded my Lite Ash for a California series strat...and it was a huge improvement for me. Something about the L.A. strat just didn't gel with me.
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                • #9
                  Really dug my Cali Strat, aside from the pickups. I had to sell it to my mom for a loan (long story) but will buy it back soon.
                  Guitar Rig: Musicman Silhouette -> Cool Cat Transparent OD -> Fender Mustang I (Twin model)
                  Drum Rig: Mapex Pro M's, Saluda Mists, Evans heads

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                  • #10
                    What are they asking? I got a mint one at Sam Ash last year for $500 and was very happy with it. Really nice neck.


                    I'd be trading my Epi Casino straight up for it. I'm just wondering, do I need two strats? Right now I have an 07 w/ upgraded Pups/Electronics. Is it a big step forward? Again, I can use two strats I guess
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