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  • What is the nicest Fender Stratocaster you have ever played?

    The rules....

    It had to be made by Fender, and it had to be a strat.
    Not a Grosh, Suhr, Rocketfire, G &L, custom build, etc.... NO COPIES.

    With that said....what (year/model/series) was the nicest Fender Strat you have ever laid your hands on?


  • #2
    1958 Lavender Strat that I owned for maple necks 1960 Slab board Mary Kay that I had and wish I never sold.

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    • #3
      My 2008 charcoal grey metallic MIA Std. I went through over 30 strats (used to flip them) and this one just had it, for whatever reason. I've since changed the neck and it still sounds just as good so it must be the body.
      One MIA Fender Strat, one Gibson Les Paul, one Martin Acoustic, what more do you need?

      http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/...ps92b32f13.gif

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      • #4
        It started out as a MIM strat that I bought because I loved the color. I've spent the past 4-5 years trying to bond with it. I almost sold it several times because I couldn't, but I kept because I love the color. Upgraded nearly everything on it... it finally came down to the neck. I build custom necks, and decided to put one of my necks on it. WOW! It is bokote over birdseye maple,abalone markers, medium-tall frets, 12" radius on top and deep C on the bottom, and FAT! Measures nearly 1-7/8" at the nut. It really transformed the sound in a way that's hard to describe, but probably most notable is the sustainnnnnnnnn...... And I love the feel of a strat with a fat neck! I have some of John Benson's handwounds in it... great pickups!



        Please visit my website www.treeguitarworks.com

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        • #5
          The master built ones I've picked up have been consistently amazing.

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          • #6

            Originally posted by stormin1155 View Post
            It started out as a MIM strat that I bought because I loved the color. I've spent the past 4-5 years trying to bond with it. I almost sold it several times because I couldn't, but I kept because I love the color. Upgraded nearly everything on it... it finally came down to the neck. I build custom necks, and decided to put one of my necks on it. WOW! It is bokote over birdseye maple,abalone markers, medium-tall frets, 12" radius on top and deep C on the bottom, and FAT! Measures nearly 1-7/8" at the nut. It really transformed the sound in a way that's hard to describe, but probably most notable is the sustainnnnnnnnn...... And I love the feel of a strat with a fat neck! I have some of John Benson's handwounds in it... great pickups!





            Nice neck. How much does something like that cost?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr. Scottie C View Post




              Nice neck. How much does something like that cost?
              Thanks! Prices start around $200. That is what I'd charge for this one. Actually I'd let this one go for a little less, since it technically isn't new. Check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tree.guitarworks
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              Please visit my website www.treeguitarworks.com

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              • #8
                When I was a kid, the kid across the street from me had a Stratocaster which he let me play. I was 9 he was 11. 1962, nice guitar. He kept it and played in a band in high school, late 60's and a jug band before that. He showed me a few tunes. I have no idea where he is now, we both moved.
                So many guitars, so little time

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                • #9
                  rory gallagher tribute

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                  • #10
                    A reissue of a 1954. Had a great neck and wonderful sounding pickups. Couldn't afford it back then and don't see too many around these days. Not sure why.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by stormin1155 View Post
                      It started out as a MIM strat that I bought because I loved the color. I've spent the past 4-5 years trying to bond with it. I almost sold it several times because I couldn't, but I kept because I love the color. Upgraded nearly everything on it... it finally came down to the neck. I build custom necks, and decided to put one of my necks on it. WOW! It is bokote over birdseye maple,abalone markers, medium-tall frets, 12" radius on top and deep C on the bottom, and FAT! Measures nearly 1-7/8" at the nut. It really transformed the sound in a way that's hard to describe, but probably most notable is the sustainnnnnnnnn...... And I love the feel of a strat with a fat neck! I have some of John Benson's handwounds in it... great pickups!



                      Looks like Sage Green Metallic. I have one and love that color. It's an '04 MIM and I love the skinny frets, hate the skinny neck though.
                      http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Electric-Guitars/I-smeared-bacon-fat-on-my-strat-now-it-stinks/td-p/16697195

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                      • #12
                        I'll stick with my (early) 1955. I like the big crazy knobs, round pickup covers, football switch and round string tree. Sounds great with the matching '55 Deluxe.
                        Last edited by BG76; 05-12-2014, 05:09 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BG76 View Post
                          I'll stick with my (early) 1955. I like the big crazy knobs, round pickup covers, football switch and round string tree. Sounds great with the matching '55 Deluxe.
                          Now there is a boy with some deep pockets for that set-up.

                          Still....I am sure a SX through a 1986 Gorilla 25watt sounds just as good. philthumb

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                          • #14
                            Close up of the pickup covers. Really different on the really early models:

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                            • #15
                              Not sure if it counts but there was a maple fingerboard Squier (50's Classic vibe?) and obviously tone wasnt fantastic but the neck was a delight
                              I may not be cool, good looking or rich...But I know where my towel is

                              Good deals with Chris.Novak, neilrocks25 and headlow was a gent

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