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Stratguy

Would you rather have beer or complete, utter contentment?

Feb 14th, 2001 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry, no scanner or digital camera. It is sweet, though. Anyone who thinks non-traditional Strats can't carry the day simply haven't tried this guitar.

Tom

clg5

3 Strats and a Tele - just ask me about 'em

Feb 17th, 2001 12:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow- I don't have one of these, although I wouldn't mind. I appreciate both of the reviews, I'm glad Fender makes a strat like this.

There is a post that Bill Turner, of Fender R&D made earlier. (Sorry, I don't have the link, but I saved the text out)

While answering someone's question, he gives the switch positions of the double fat:

"Starting with the bridge position:
*Bridge in series alone.
*Bridge forward coil & Neck rearward coil in parallel, hum canceling.
*Bridge in series, Neck in series, the two in parallel with each other.
*Forward coil of Neck pickup alone, operating as a single coil.
*Neck in series alone.

There are no "out of phase" positions.

Bill Turner"

Hope this helps solve the controversy.

clg5

Stratguy

Would you rather have beer or complete, utter contentment?

Feb 17th, 2001 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This guitar kicks righteous ass.

Or did I mention that already?

Tom

Stratcat

Guitar Heaven

Feb 18th, 2001 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This truly is one of the greatest guitars made today.

2can

USA

Feb 22nd, 2001 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does anyone know if Fender makes "official" replacement pickguards for these guitars? I'm not real crazy about the white pearloid but I'd rather not have to cut an existing guard or drill new holes...

Bass-316

USA, SC

Feb 23rd, 2001 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

2can,

There is a direct replacement that Fender makes for the Fat/Big Apple Strat. The only colors available is Tort and White Pearl.

Bass-316

010-7200

United States

Jul 13th, 2001 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HEY all i just bought a Big apple srat and was alittle afraid i had made a mistake lol I thought it was me. I fell in love the minuit i played it;I played a yamaha 336 SB andhad not played a strat fo 12 years.I have owend afew guitars though ,es335 stereo gibson;chet atkins special and agibson flying V lol(guessim getting older)and a few more,mine is modle#0107200 the color is amber with rosewood and dark spec picgard . i do love it feels like im cheeting 9.5 to a 9.75

Big Apples
Contributing Member

USA/ Sacramento

Shred's not dead!
Sep 4th, 2003 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought my third Big Apple/Double Fat Strat. This one's a Double Fat, and is on it's way as I type this. These are fantastic guitars. Most bang for the buck I've found.

I'm disapointed that Fender has discontinued making them. I know they have that new type of double fat but it's not the same guitar. And....it's ugly.

Stratguy
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Southwestern Ohio

Immoderator
Sep 5th, 2003 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow. I had forgotten all about this thread but not this guitar.

In fact, I played it to death Saturday night with another guitarist who I swear was playing a Big Apple a bassist and a drummer.

This guitar still holds its own, and it's still fun.

Tom

Alan62
Contributing Member

Texas

Howdy Y'all
Feb 2nd, 2005 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stratguy do you still have your big apple and How much do you think a used 2000 is worth I just came across one today they are asking 600

Stratguy
Contributing Member

Southwestern Ohio

Did you play guitar today?
Feb 22nd, 2005 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, Alan.

I still have the American Double Fat Strat technically, it's not a Big Apple and I have no idea what it's worth. $600 might be reasonable.

Tom

handyman

USA

Mar 1st, 2005 08:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Went to my local music store last week , and saw a brand new American Double Fat Strat , with Seymour Duncan pickups , in Sea Foam Green , for $859 .....beautiful guitar , a little to expensive for me ... saw the exact same guitar sell for $1078 on Ebay a few days back ... I realize that the color may be discontinued , but is that just a case of over bidding on Ebay , or are these guitars allready collectors items ?

trackerd

USA

Aug 28th, 2006 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an American Texas Special Fat Strat, in Sienna Burst, from 2001 that I monkeyed with for a couple years trying to balance the output of the pickups(the Texas specials vs. the Pearly Gates). Never could, so I bought a complete OEM Double Fat Strat pickguard/pickup array complete from a kind soul at Ebay. It arrived in perfect condition looking good with it's aged pearloid pickguard. I installed it and went to work and man does this bring out the best in my rig now. It sounds f'n great! So for new years, I had a roller nut installed as well as a hipshot tremsetter. Haven't broken a string since. This guitar is my main axe now and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Stratguy
Contributing Member

Southwestern Ohio

Did you play guitar today?
Sep 2nd, 2006 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Funny to see that this thread is still alive.

Glad to hear the pickguard array worked for you, trackerd.

Tom

Grounded

Chandler, AZ

Grounded rocks
Dec 28th, 2006 02:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just purchased a used strat. It's either an American Hot Rod Double Fat Strat or an Big Apple strat. How can I tell the difference? My guitar is a 2002 model, Sienna Burst, Duncan Pearly Gates (bridge) Duncan 59 (Neck), Ash body w/maple fretboard. I agree with the reviews. I love this guitar, even more so than my 50th Aniversery American Deluxe. However I am going to take out the 59 and put in two single coils.

macmanus
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Windy City, USA

macmanus - mac gun for hire
Dec 29th, 2006 10:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

handyman,

you mean like this... surf green

prolly one of the best fender has put out in a long time.

minty fresh...

(This message was last edited by MacManUS at 10:45 PM, Jul 23rd, 2011)

macmanus
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Windy City, USA

macmanus - mac gun for hire
Dec 29th, 2006 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

maybe not surf green?

(This message was last edited by macmanus at 12:52 AM, Jan 1st, 2007)

treeman
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USA

Jan 10th, 2007 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I just purchased a used strat. It's either an American Hot Rod Double Fat Strat or an Big Apple strat. How can I tell the difference? My guitar is a 2002 model, Sienna Burst, Duncan Pearly Gates (bridge) Duncan 59 (Neck), Ash body w/maple fretboard. I agree with the reviews. I love this guitar, even more so than my 50th Aniversery American Deluxe. However I am going to take out the 59 and put in two single coils."

Going by Fender Frontline magazines, the maple neck version of your guitar was discontinued while it was still called the Big Apple, so yours, assuming its all original, SHOULD BE a Big Apple Strat. Also, the Big Apple should have two string trees and the Double Fat only one, and the headstock on the Big Apple should be slightly more bulbous than later models. However, YMMV! I have two Big Apples and 've been looking for one in the Sienna with maple combination and I know that it is a rarity. You should leave it all original IMHO.

Grounded

Chandler, AZ

Grounded rocks
Jan 16th, 2007 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Treeman, I bought this guitar used and someone already made slight improvements. Someone replaced the saddles with graphite ones and also put on locking tuners. I had Lollar Blondes put on them, to replace the 59 in the neck. I couldn't believe the difference in the quality of the sound immediately when I plugged in my guitar, and this was before I adjusted the pickup height to my tastes. I can't think of another time when I felt so happy with a guitar related purchase.

Stratguy

Southwestern Ohio

Did you play guitar today?
Nov 13th, 2010 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 10th anniversary with this guitar is next month.

Still own it. Still play it. Still love it.

Tom

(This message was last edited by Stratguy at 01:03 PM, Aug 19th, 2011)

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