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Mesa, AZ, U.S.ofA.

Jul 1st, 2005 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is about 6lbs, 8 oz.


GreenBay Wi. usa

Jul 18th, 2005 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

having a american series strat and a standard fat strat " and a few others" I would have to say the standard fat strat has a totally different sound and vibe than the american. I cannot really say one is better just different. compliment each other very well. Toby



Love Princeton Reverb's
Jul 28th, 2005 10:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had 1 and sold it then had to try 1 more to make sure I was right the 1st time and I was !! They feel okay down low on the neck but just don't do it for me up higher where the squeels get going !!It's in the neck and I also like 22 frets for the up high thing again...I bought these guitars as backups to my Am Std.strats and just could not keep them around...And I really wanted to !!


Twin Cities MN

Aug 3rd, 2005 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my niece a new MIM Strat. I was very impressed by it and told her I would buy it if she quits playing someday. I own three American Strats to compare to. It is the real deal.



Aug 4th, 2005 09:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i just bought a MIM standard strat a few days ago. it's blue agave with a maple fretboard. this is actually the first gutiar i have owned with a maple fretboard. i'm very pleased wiht this gutiar so far. it's a very livelly and full sounding gutiar. it's a great compliment to my other strat.

fwiw in my experieince shopping for a MIM standard there are some great ones out there but there are also some real dogs. i saw some with sharp fret ends and gaps around the neck pocket for example. there are some gems to be had among the MIM standards but you have to really look around and make sure u pick out a good one.



No, no, no, no,no, no, no...well yes.
Jan 31st, 2006 11:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, it has been almost six years since I origianlly posted my review of the good ole MIM Standard Strat. I have bought and sold a lot of guitars since then, but one has stayed with me. It is the same strat I originally reviewed.

A Gibson SG Standard, a few Ibanez guitars and a few other strats later, I always came back to this one.

I love this thing! It has always been reliable. It sounds great, feels even better, and keeps going strong no matter what happens.

I have since put a tortoise shell pickguard on, and added a red lace sensor and a 57/62 reissue pickup. It has been on 95% of the recordings and at least 90% of the live performances I have done since I bought it.

So, yeah, I really like this guitar. Can you tell?


The Bayou Country

Mar 18th, 2006 12:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still have mine...1998.

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Rising Sun, Md.

Cirrus Boy
Mar 19th, 2006 09:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have had my MIM tele since 1997 and I still have it. Although I play bass most of the time I still have a couple guitars. After a good setup it played great. In fact to this day everyone that picks it up usually says da**. It plays so easy, great neck. I have had a set of TexMex pups to put in it for years and have not gotten around to it cause it sounds pretty much OK now. Can't remember but think I paid like $360.00 with a hard case. As I said it plays and sounds real good also it never seams to go out of tune.
Although I have two MIA bases I'd buy another MIM guitar anytime and wait a minute, hold the presses. I just bought a MIM bass. It has the P/J pups and a jazz neck and plays and sounds better (hate to admit this) then a $1300.00 bass I own. I have played MIA guitars and MIM guitars that were not anything to get excited about. I have been playing a long time and when I started you could not get an instrument anywhere near this price and quility. I'll buy MIA any time I can but I'm not rich and they are building some good stuff south of the border.

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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Mar 20th, 2006 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

blue - you should post in the MIM Stratocaster Club thread in Stratocaster forum. I'm sure that many would appreciate your comments.



Nov 30th, 2006 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got mine waaay back in '91, I even had to special order it at the time. I didn't like the look of the stainless pole pieces on the ceramic pickups, but they sound very good. The only issue I have had in all these years was the cheaper small pots getting crackly. I have to clean them with contact spray every year to keep them noise free. Other than that no problems at all.


Oregon USA

Mar 3rd, 2007 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just traded a practice amp for my MIM black strat
with rosewood neck and tortoiseshell pickguard last week. Very nice guitar. I quite like the pickups. The first few letters and numbers on the neck serial # say MN8......guy told me the N stands for 1990 so it's a '98 made one? Sound right?
Anyway, I like it a lot. Skinny frets a bit hard to get used to and bend on but raising the action some has helped and I do think I'll get used to it. Looks great, sounds great and plays nice. Now I just need to find a MIM black Tele to match my MIM black Stat (and my black Epiphone 335 with Gibson Classic 57's in it)...........Hmm, there's a theme here, have you noticed?


Illinois, USA

Apr 18th, 2007 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The First Strat I ever bought was a used MIM 2000 Midnight Blue - the "is the color Blue or Purple" model, depending on the lighting.

I just picked it up 2 months ago. I can't complain about the fit or finish it was used anyway. When I got it it was filthy dirty. After it cleaned up I found it only had a few light scratches that polished right out.

I enjoyed the sounds but wanted that Strat "extra tone" out of it. I picked up a 2000 American Delta Tone original set of electronics and pickups fully assembled, off eBay and installed it in the Mexican. Best thing I could have ever done to upgrade this thing.

After spending a week setting everything up properly it really sounds fantastic. (Yes, I spent a whole week making sure everything was setup right). This one is a lifetime keeper in my book. In all I spent less than 240 to have a really great guitar, with a great sound.

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May 26th, 2007 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well this is my third post on this forum. Earlier in this forum I praised my MIM Standard with stock pups. Since then I sold the MIM Standard for a Tele...I already had 2 others.

Since then I have bought 3 more Strats, and 2 of the 3 are MIM models with my current model being a MIM Black with Rosewood fingerboard.

I bought a Deluxe Player's Strat which is probably my favorite guitar. Simply beautiful. And my all stock black MIM is also a wonderful guitar.

My MIA Standard is a great guitar but it is definately not 2x the price better. No way. The MIA Standard pups are a little cleaner but less output and midrange than the MIM ceramic pups. They both sound great, just different I guess. And yes it is nice to have a MIA with a 3 piece body and vintage style logo.

But the MIM guitars are fabulous guitars for the money in every respect. The new models are now shielded for noise, have larger frets, and large tremolo block. Fender is definately listening to the players and are building the guitars to prove it.

I own many guitars and I can honestly tell you that NO ONE makes them better than Fender. It is a great thing to be able to purchase a MIM Strat for a great price and get a guitar of great quality, not just for the price, but great quality. Period.

Slow Motion

Central Florida, USA

Oct 24th, 2007 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm hooked on my 2006 MIM Fender Standard Strat. The guitar is stock except for a bone nut the previous owner had installed. I owned an American Fat Strat Texas Special until a few months ago that I parted with because I just couldn't warm up to it. I normally play a Gibson ES-335 and have been very content with my setup. I unexpectedly acquired the Strat via a trade, and can't believe how awesome this thing is...my 335 hasn't been out of its case but a couple of times since I got this.

I love to tinker with my instruments and my last project included a re-finish. I have no plans for this Strat other than to play it...it really sounds that good. And, it feels and looks great too. I love the creamy white color of the body. I'd play a butt ugly guitar if it sounded right, but with this one, I got it all. :)

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Oct 30th, 2007 05:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have 5 MIM Standards, 3 pre-upgraded ('98, '04' and '05) and two post-upgraded (both '06).

The 3 pre-upgraded ones are now heavily modded.

The '06 ones are a 60th aniversary and a HH, both effectively modded from the "standard" Standard at the factory. Attention to detail on the post-upgrades is awesome (compared to the pre-upgrades)! Fret finishing is better, paint finish is smoother and better, body contours are deeper, better trem block, MJ frets. These new ones are up there with AmSers Strats as far as attention to detail go. I'm very impressed by them.

Hopefully, this high standard was not just for the Fender 60th Aniversary, but will remain the norm.

From my experience, attention to detail with MIM Standards has varied over the years. The worst I have seen is '04 models- bad neck pockets, small contours, paint finish that looks like sand dunes, not very good at all.

IMO, this is the greatest period for good quality MIM Standards.



Nov 23rd, 2007 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

mims are great guitars for what they cost



Dec 2nd, 2007 10:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It may be made in america or mexico any way its machines that does them so the only thing it changes is the "better features". Custom Shop is the real american fender to me.

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Fighter Country

Jan 21st, 2008 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My MIM Standard Strat was my first guitar. Still have it and love it. Great playing guitar. Some of my friends like it better than their USA strats...

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Jan 22nd, 2008 01:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Custom Shop is the real american fender to me."

So all those millions of American Strats produced prior to the opening of the Custom Shop aren't real American Fender?! Cooool :-)

Charlie Macon
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Feb 8th, 2008 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I finally succumbed...after 20-something years with a Telecaster, and a couple of years with a Les Paul, I just recently added the MIM sunburst with maple fretboard standard Strat. I'm still discovering the versatility of the instrument....have noted it sounds like a 'charmier' Telecaster...a bit warmer, even prettier in sound....not as 'dominating' as the Tele tone-wise, and that is not a bad thing. It seems to blend better with my Princeton Reverb and is glorious on a Peavey Classic 30.

Another interesting attribute....the guitar itself is a beautiful work of art. It's just gorgeous....it's like having Selma Hayek in the house I tell ya!

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