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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / What's the Best Strat You've Ever Owned?

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Oct 25th, 2018 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

That hurts, Mikey_D. I remember seeing some of those MB 54s and they really looked amazing.

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Boston area

Oct 30th, 2018 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep - biggest gear regret ever. Ugh :(

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Shreveport, LA

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Dec 14th, 2018 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

The 2000 EC Blackie with newly replaced Lace Sensor pups is my fav Strat. I've got an 2012 FSR Nitro finished with 70's headstock that is silky smooth. But the EC crushes it.



Dec 14th, 2018 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love love love my modified classic series 60s strat. It's one of those guitars that you own thru a revolving door of others but you never even consider selling it EVER. It's one of those that you never have to think about, you just keep playing it. Callaham block and fat 50s and it's been a keeper for almost 20 years when they first debuted. I will die with it because it is 100% lacking in any tonal or playability issues what so ever. Lots of other strats from USA to china and everything in between have come and gone. This one will never go.

Little story about the classic series. Just the other day i was at guitar center trying a amp. I looked thru the racks trying to find a decent strat to test it with. Tried 3 but the amp sounded mediocre with all. So i wrote the amp off as mediocre. I then decided to just look at guitars while i was there and then i see a classic 50s i missed when looking for a strat to test the amp with. So i picked it up and went back to the amp. Not that i dont already know hoe good they are and how much better then most fenders other then thier higher end vintage style ones, but thats why i went back to try the amp again when i saw the classic 50s. I guess it's no surprise what i'm going to say, but that amp now sounded so good i'm looking at getting one. No exaggeration in the least. As with everything YMMV but IMO the MIM classic series 50s and 60s strats are unbeatable. And that was stock, mine is upgraded and even better. Iike the 7.25 radius but that might put some people off. But tone wise you'll be hard pressed to find anything better w/o going to a higher end reissue. It's the vintage design that makes that sound. Not because theres some sort of magic there other than the design. Too many details to go into, but thats why they sound so good. Nite and day better then the others i played thru that amp. True story, not the slightest exaggeration. IMO, stick with vintage RI's whatever price level they are at.

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the sweeter the music.
Dec 16th, 2018 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I gigged for 3 years/60 gigs (and who knows how many rehearsals) with a '99 MIA Deluxe. Three-tone SB, maple neck, LSR nut, locking tuners, Vintage Noiseless pickups.

It played perfectly, sounded terrific. Wore out the original frets, had to have it refretted. The guy put a big ding in the fingerboard, felt terrible about it, but I didn't make a big deal out of it; it was a working guitar, not a museum piece.

After I retired from the band it sat in its case for a couple of years. So I sold it to some young guy in CA who had just put a band together. I hope it is showing up every weekend on a stage somewhere. It really was an outstanding instrument.

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Northwest Missouri

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Dec 17th, 2018 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

1983 American strat about 20 years ago. Maple and 12” radius was great. Two knobs and jack on the pick guard.

Sold it for some unknown reason.

But, I just bought another 83 a couple of months ago. Vintage white with maple neck. I love it!



Jan 3rd, 2019 03:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

ˋ12 Am. Std.
When the Fat 50s took some getting used to in the beginning, and with a shaved neck, Í ve worn it in like an old pair of boots.
Next in feel and gotta-have-it factor were all CS.

ed. for spelling

(This message was last edited by Mokka at 02:48 AM, Apr 24th, 2019)

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Eastun' Carolina

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Jan 9th, 2019 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

For years I would say it’s my ‘04 50th AmSer- it has the “Strat” sound to me, very light ash body, great pickups. I enjoy the maple fretboard/neck but would love a thicker one. I can’t bring myself to change necks. But, the one I absolutely wouldn’t want to part with is my ‘98 Plus- it plays great and as my first Strat, has a ton of sentimental value.



Jan 20th, 2019 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

1971, 4-bolt; 3 color sunburst. As so many did, modified the heck out of it. Ended up with DiMarzio Super II at the bridge, 2 Bill Lawrence blade pickups neck and middle, 5 way switch, refinished all black with black plastic hardware. Sounded great.

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Lafayette, IN

Feb 9th, 2019 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Custom Shop '65 relic Strat that plays rather nice

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Miami, Florida

Playing wrong notes for over 50 years
Mar 16th, 2019 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have to tell an embarrassing story on myself to mention the Strat I'd love to have back.

Back around 2000, I bought the most beautiful guitar I ever saw. It was an American Deluxe Strat with a teal blue transparent finish over a very grainy ash body. It had a gloss maple neck and fretboard.

Unfortunately, it had the early vintage Noiseless pickups in it and I never got to like them. I bought the guitar figuring I could adjust them to my taste, but it never happened. I sold the guitar...

Without knowing at the time that I could change pickups... Please laugh at me privately.

THAT guitar was gorgeous and if I had only been told I could have changed the pickups, I'm sure it would have been my favorite of all time.

(This message was last edited by Stratokatsu at 09:06 PM, Mar 18th, 2019)

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Miami, Florida

Playing wrong notes for over 50 years
Mar 19th, 2019 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Previously, I answered this in the past tense, the story about one that got away.

Just in the past 24 hours though, something has happened to make me wonder whether what I just did a mod on makes this my favorite Strat.

Long story short, I have a mid 80s Japanese hardtail Strat. The previous owner put active EMGs in it, which I didn't like.

Yesterday, I put a loaded pickguard from Rock'n R Guitars in the Strat. It's got the Gilmour switching system and the sounds I'm hearing are just incredible.

Having never had the option of neck/bridge or all 3 pickups at once, I'm questioning my earlier response to this thread. Before, my reply had to do with the cosmetics. This might be more relevant because it has to do with the sound.

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Mar 20th, 2019 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ All 3 pickups at once on a Strat is a great sound to my ears. The last Amer Delux Strat I had spent most of it's time in that position.

I eventually sold it because I wasn't getting along with the pups (N3's), but only because I already had the best Strat I've ever owned, my ‘04 50th AmSer.



Apr 24th, 2019 01:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cont'd, as strong contender:
'14 redwood Strat, av 65 neck/mid and mystery cs bridge pu, 7lbs. of vibrant goodness.



May 20th, 2019 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

2011 AmStd rosewood, Sunburst, added Custom Shop Fat 50's pickups, locking tuners, Middle to tone control, hardtailed decked

Everything I need in a Strat

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State of Jefferson

May 22nd, 2019 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

About ten years ago I traded a $150 SIGMA acoustic for a near mint, 100 % original 1977 hard tail with a one piece body. Included the case and candy , original Fender strap and a Lab Series L5 amp.

I preferred it to my late 80s MIJ Squire STRAT.

I still have the amp.

I would like to have the Strat back but the $1800 profit was necessary at the time.


United States

Jun 26th, 2019 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

1965 Strat Sunburst with Rosewood fretboard. Sold to FDP member in 2000/2001. Wish I had it back.

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Idaho, USA

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Jun 27th, 2019 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I may have answered this question earlier in the thread but I'd have to say that my '56 NOS CS Strat where I was at the CS and picked the body, neck, and finish has got to be my best Strat. Eldred argued with me on the finish (sunburst) but I got what I wanted. ;o)

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North ON, Canada

Jun 27th, 2019 08:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

‘59 RI CS Heavy Relic Strat. It’s great to have a fine sounding guitar and even better when you don’t have to be concerned about adding an extra ding to the relic body.


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jun 29th, 2019 04:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought my '95 MIA Strat new for $500 and it's been my main Strat all these years (I've owned several different Strat's over the years).

It's always been my "Keeper" guitar.

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