04-11-2013 08:29 AM
I've had a guy offer a Big Apple Strat (American, late 90's) in trade for my Epi '56 Gold Top. Now, I have not seen the actual guitar yet...but is there anything about this Strat that I should know? I know the specs for this model...just didn't know if there was anything problematic about them?
Seems like a no-brainer if it's in good shape....
04-11-2013 09:15 AM
04-11-2013 12:41 PM
I've played a couple BA Strats and loved them. Like a Blacktop with much better pickups, fit and finish. I recently tried to trade a Gibson 50's LP Tribute for one and the deal didn't work out. He's offering a $600+ guitar for one worth $350. Great deal if it's legit but proceed cautiously.
04-11-2013 08:02 PM
Yeah, I was pretty surprised by his offer. I talked with him via email and text last night and today. Basically, his main guitar is an 82 Les Paul, and the Strat has just been a backup. Said it hasn't been used at all, a "just in case" guitar.
Why would he want to trade it for a $350 guitar? Well, he bought it used from a buddy, and only paid the gu something like $350-400 for it 9 years ago. Of course, I'm gonna be very cautious and check it out. I called Fender today, and they sent me all the specs for the Big Apple Strats. All of the specs that he's telling me match up with the specs. He just wants a gold-top, and wants a guitar with P90s in it. Talked with him tonight extensively, and I really don't think he's messing with me. We're going to meet up tomorrow at my church, and he's gonna bring his rig. That way he can try it out, and I can try out the Strat. If he likes it, and I like the Strat, we'll see about a deal. He knows the Strat is probably worth a lot more than my LP, but he just doesn't want to deal with selling it, if he ca trade it. We'll see... Worst case, I get to meet a fellow musician...best case, make a sweet trade...
04-11-2013 11:13 PM - edited 04-11-2013 11:16 PM
He just may not be a strat guy, and if you're talking about a '56 reissue epi goldtop with p90s those can be sweet players. I actually liked one of them better than the gibson 50s tribute I ended up with instead a few years back.
BTW, I have one of the MIA lonestar strats from that era, and it probably gets more PT than the rest of my guitars combined, even though it weighs in at around 10 pounds.
04-12-2013 03:51 AM
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