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  • #46
    Yeah I got a Strat, a stock one with a stock trem...Same one it came with when I nought it new in '81. Yeah there are tuning issues if you get too wild with the trem, sometimes just the weather will throw it out of tune.

    But I love the neck, I love the sound...What am I gonna do? Change a bunch of parts? Why? It's like my wife, she's put on some weight, gotten grouchy and difficult to maintain too. Haven't gotten rid of her yet.

    Guess I'm just happy with both of 'em.
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    • #47
      My EC Strat is blocked so I don't have to worry about trem problems. I bought it for the tone not the trem,
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      • #48
        My Strat has a Graphtech nut and string trees and Graphtec saddles on a Wilkinson trem, plus locking tuners. It USED to have tuning issues, now it doesn't. My Anderson has locking tuners, but none of the Graphtec stuff and it's better at keeping tuning than the Strat, right out of the box. Workmanship is king!

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        • #49
          Not having a strat is like a mechanic not having an adjustable wrench in his tool box.
          A '57 Classic, MIJ from USA parts.
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          Well Dick, it's got a good beat, and I could dance to it, so I give it a 10!
          I have opinions of my own,strong opinions but I don't always agree with them.

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          • #50
            I haven't yet owned a strat. I might one day, although I think I'd go for a hardtail - blasphemy to some I know
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            • #51


              The first diagram shows where the Fender vintage bridge plate binds when you use the trem because it bears on two points simultaneously as it pivots. This causes it to drag against the mounting screws and not always return to it's normal position immediately after use.


              Properly designed bridge plate with a single pivot point. Quite a few aftermarket suppliers like Callaham sell these so it's a bit of a mystery why Fender hasn't even bothered to modify the original design for the last 60 years. It can't even be a cost thing as just moving the mounting screw holes back to the rear edge of the taper would improve the trem action and tuning stability quite a bit.


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              • #52
                My problem with strats are:

                that dang middle pickup gets in the way when I play
                most have a trem
                the necks are rarely thick enough

                Which is why I sold all of mine but one. Which I have never played. It's a pink Paisley fender MIJ.
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                • #53
                  Originally posted by BlackHatHunter View Post
                  My problem with strats are:

                  that dang middle pickup gets in the way when I play
                  most have a trem
                  the necks are rarely thick enough

                  Which is why I sold all of mine but one. Which I have never played. It's a pink Paisley fender MIJ.
                  Problems fixed, except the last one, maybe; and two more you didn't mention - that damn vol knob and wussy bridge pickup.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by AlamoJoe View Post
                    Yeah I got a Strat, a stock one with a stock trem...Same one it came with when I nought it new in '81. Yeah there are tuning issues if you get too wild with the trem, sometimes just the weather will throw it out of tune.

                    But I love the neck, I love the sound...What am I gonna do? Change a bunch of parts? Why? It's like my wife, she's put on some weight, gotten grouchy and difficult to maintain too. Haven't gotten rid of her yet.

                    Guess I'm just happy with both of 'em.
                    Oh my gosh....awesome post dude.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Steve2112 View Post

                      Oh my gosh....awesome post dude.
                      Unless you're being sarcastic..Thank you! If you are being sarcastic, Thanks for checking me on it!
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                      • #56
                        Had a Fender Robert Cray MIM strat that was dang near perfect, feel and tone wise. Better axe than 99% of the MIA strats I owned - and I've owned a ton of them. About fifty I'd say. You know, give or take a few.

                        In non-Fender strats, I had a Suhr that was pretty amazing, but that neck was way too thin for me. A Crook in seafoam green was almost perfect for me - but it wasn't a hard tail.

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by AlamoJoe View Post

                          Unless you're being sarcastic..Thank you! If you are being sarcastic, Thanks for checking me on it!
                          No sir.....not very good at clever internet banter. Usually a straight shooter. Nice metaphor with the wifey. I've been married 22 years...no trade-ins.

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                          • #58
                            Lol...29 years for me...Had the Strat a bit longer than her though..They both require attention if you want to play with them.
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