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blue

no..no, no, no, no, no, no...well, yes

Aug 30th, 2000 11:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ok, I got a job, and started saving up ,y ,oney, and one day I was gonna own a strat, and I was gonna gonna keep all the stock parts on it and use for all it was worth. I thought long and hard, and decided, after owning countless rosewood neck guitars(don't get me wrong, I like rosewood too), I decided on a maple neck. Then I selected the color, and black seemed to be the best looking one, and I had also seen a poic of a great black/maple strat that had been well used and broken in, and it looked magnificent. So, I was off to the store, to buy this strat that I had worked so hard for.

Well, let me tell you, if was well worth it! This guitar was great off the rack(and it had been there for only tow or three weeks!), and was brand new. I mean no wear on the strings or anything.

I bought it and took it home. I was going to set it up a certain way that I had already done for all my other strats that I had owned. I set the bridge flush with the body, with four springs, and a sock between the springs and the body(to keep them from vibrating when playing). I also switched the middle and neck pickup's hot wires on the switch so the neck pu was in position three, and the middle pu was in position 5(all the way at the top). I also added a tone control for the bridge pu. So, now it was all set up, and ready to go. So I plugged into my Sovtek MIG50, which a very good Marshall clone, and cranked it up. It was amazing! The tones that came from this guitar were straight out of heaven. The cermaic magnet pickups sounded wonderful, very full and fat, with a nice balance between the three(I didn't touch the hieght screws after I got it home, so they are still factory set).

The neck felt comfortable, like it was made specially to fit my hand. The feel of the maple was nice, and it smooth, but I could still get a nice grip when I was bending the strings.

The body resonated very well, and all notes were clear and well-defined.

The neck pocket was tight, and it looked like a set-neck, it was that good. There was no overhang, and no space between the body and the neck. It was snugger than a bug in a rug, so to speak.

The electonics were well done, using high quality CTS brand pots and switches. They are durable, and feel sturdy.

Overall, I was very, very, VERY pleased with this instrument, and it has become my new favorite. I think this one is going to be with me a long, long time.

JoeD126

United States

Sep 2nd, 2000 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got one almost a month ago now. Having owned 2 Rosewood Rosewood Strats and a maple cap strat copy, and since my '72 Telecaster Custom RI has a maple neck, I went with it for the Strat.

Excellent feel, mine too feels like it was made for my hand. Nice weight, too. Action a little higher than I'm used to, but it doesn't matter, since I'm keeping light strings on it, might go a little heavier, but I don't know.

As for the tone, it's in there. The pickups sound great, not too much noise, either. I haven't had to adjust anything at all.

For the record, mine's Midnight Wine, I am only learning to use a vibrato properly, I've owned about 25 guitars in the 5 years I've been playing, I finally feel like the 3 guitars I own are guitars I wouldn't mind keeping for awhile. Of course I have plans to hot rod this a little, 2 more tremolo springs, schaller locking tuners, and I'm thinking a pearloid pickguard would look great on it too.

fenderheadrp

United States

Sep 26th, 2000 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just bought a Strat new (MIM) noticed the volume on the guitar cuts out about #5, also a lot of buzzing, I'm bringing it in to have it set up, any suggestions would be appreciated.
fenderheadrp@aol.com
THANX

HardMusic

Israel

Oct 7th, 2000 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Never buy Mexican stratocaster - go for the real thing: American Standart! It means better wood, better PU, better frets and machine heads, better bridge and more sensitive vibrato better EVERYTHING! Shure the Amstad's are twise as expencive as the MIM but it worth every peny!
By the way, I think rosewwod necks are a little bit harder then the maple ones...

JimmySee

at the beach in sunny Santa Monica

Oct 7th, 2000 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HardMusic -- sorry, can't agree with you on this. I've got MIA, MIM, MII (and used to have MIJ) Fender and Squier guitars and all are great for the price.

The MIM standard strat retails at around 1/3 the price of a MIA standard so it is a great deal for 90-95% of what you get with the MIA guitar. I know a bargain when I see it!

Jimmy

PS -- Keep your head down with all the fighting going on over there!



fenderpunk

usa

Oct 7th, 2000 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hardmusic- Mexican strats ARE the real thing. Next time you're at the music store take a good look at one, it say's fender right on it ;)

Jim Rumson

They call me (21), 'cause I'm a natural ash!

Oct 8th, 2000 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HardMusic: What JimmySee and fenderpunk said!(21)

bdegrande

No, honey, I've had this guitar for MONTHS!

Oct 8th, 2000 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The MIA Strats do have some advantages, but I PREFER the smaller frets on the MIMs, and I prefer the pickups as well. Simply great guitars for the money, and you can customize them a lot and still be below the price of the MIA.

Chris Brusa

from the city where Sprague Caps are made

Oct 23rd, 2000 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought a new MIM standard strat for $250...and it was even made in 2000. You cannot beat this guitar for the price, it's got real bang for the buck. I do like the MIA pickups better...but the american costs $500 more. I am going to add the vintage fender pickups because the MIM is not too vintage sounding. But this is a great guitar for the money, and isn't that what makes a great guitar?

RhCp

USA

Nov 7th, 2000 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A new MIM strat is a beautiful thing. Hendrix himself played with off the shelf CBS strats that a lot of people looked down on at the time.. its all in the player, not in the particular details of the guitar.

My name is

Wants to practice or jam with others in S. Calif. - email me

Nov 9th, 2000 09:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just bought my first Strat this week, a MIM Standard Fat Strat in Midnight Blue w/Maple fingerboard. The store where I decided to buy had 3 that were identical. The floor model was OK, but the next one tried, taken out of the sealed box right in front of me, sounded and played far better. Cost me $329. Last week I was thinking about getting a new MIA Standard Strat in Sunburst, but even though I could have paid only about $600 for it, I didn't want to spend that much and as good as this MIM plays, I have no regrets. My guitar teacher, when he tried out this guitar, said it plays better than some of his (far) more expensive guitars.


MLB1963

USA

Nov 25th, 2000 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just picked up a very slightly (2 months) used MIM Strat Standard. Black with maple fretboard. the first owner had replaced stock pups with Lace Sensors, blues at neck and mid, red at bridge.
My local dealer let me bring it home for a real test drive, and less than 2 hours later I made a deal with him. This is one of the nicest playing guitars I've ever owned, and I've owned many over the years! The comfort and ease of play sold me, but the pups were an added bonus. Though I haven't done a direct comparison with new MIA Strats, I really don't see how they could play much nicer than this one. Fits me like a glove, almost as if custom made just for me. And the Lace Sensor pups are killers, very quiet but with alot of punch. Overall I have to rate this one very high, especially for the price. Would recommend one to anybody, at least to try out. The guitar sells itself from there.

RhCp

USA

Dec 9th, 2000 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

oh yeah, mexican std strats are more 'real' then the am. stds, they have the original synch six screw trem, and i believe the pups are closer to vintage as well.

lone_jordan

U.S.A

Dec 9th, 2000 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hard Music,
Run really fast!!!!! they are comin' to get ya.... See what happens when you put down something you have no experience about?, next time play one(MIM Strat) and then give your prognosis, hope you learn from this experience,;-)


lone_jordan

U.S.A

Dec 9th, 2000 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hard Music,
Run really fast!!!!! they are comin' to get ya.... See what happens when you put down something you have no experience about?, next time play one(MIM Strat) and then give your prognosis, hope you learn from this experience,;-)


W

USA

Dec 9th, 2000 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got a MIM Roland Ready Strat. I was not looking to buy a new strat but I decided to get one for my Roland GR33 synth. I just got the guitar back from my tech who set it up and put Fat 50's in it.This guitar is now my favorite.I
like it as much or maybe better than my Cal. fat Strat. They are very similar by the way except for the pups.I think I like the fat 50's better than the Tex mex pups. They are totally opposite in camparing them both.Anyway my MIM is black with rosewwod and like I said the neck is similar to the Cal. Strat. A little fatter than the MIA strats. Believe it or not,the stock pups were hot. A lot hotter than the Fat 50's.Although I like the Fat 50's a lot better.

skier4467

USA

Dec 12th, 2000 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Chris Brusa-- do you mind sharing where you found a mim std strat for $250? I only see them for $299.

RhCp

USA

Dec 14th, 2000 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mars music as well as musiciansfriend.com have some of the colors with maple fretboards for 250, i think

tragos

USA

Feb 27th, 2001 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got my first strat, a MiM standard, black with maple, a few weeks ago. I bought it right out of the box at a local music store. I could not be happier with it. It is a great guitar!

I spent several days teaching myself how to set it up and learning about the guitar. I've tried it with the trem floating and locked, 3, 4, and 5 springs, and 9, 10, 11, and 12 gauge strings. The range of tones I can get out of this guitar by just varying the trem and the strings is amazing. It plays beautifully and sounds great. I plan on keeping this guitar with the stock pickups and tuners.

The only problem I've had is that I had to work on the nut a little, but a few seconds of careful filing took care of it.

White

Denmark

Mar 5th, 2001 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got my new MIM Standard Strat in arctic white m/n; Sweet! Overall its a high quality instrument. Its very well made; nice finish, superb fretwork, very good tuners and nice vintage style bridge. The neck is very comfortable and great to play.
Im gonna use this as a backup and "project" guitar. I have orderd a set of Tex-Mex pups, a red shell pickguard (Mighty mite), an MIA 5-way switch and some straplocks.
This gonna be a killer axe when im done with it!


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