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

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American Patriot

Not so famous dude.
May 20th, 2015 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a '64 Strat from a guy who was a keyboard player. I saw it in the floorboard of his pickup. I asked him if he would sell it and he said "I guess". How much? $175. Bought it on the spot. It was a custom color red.

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May 20th, 2015 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My current Custom Shop 66 Relic. Great neck!

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Chicago, IL USA

May 20th, 2015 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Same here Barlowfaudio. A 66 CS relic in Aztec Gold. Love the neck, it feels like it was made for my hands. Thick, round, yet comfortable.


USA / Memphis

I lost my pick and discovered my fingers
Jul 8th, 2015 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I've had two. A 2004 or so AMSE Butterscotch with the 2-point trem and my current Jimmie Vaughan. Though the white finish on the JV is thick as a toilet seat, I have to say I prefer it to the AMSE. It's just more of what I wanted in a Strat.




Jul 8th, 2015 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My current Partscaster. A fun first build that turned out surprisingly well.



Frogs are lucky, they eat what bugs them
Jul 14th, 2015 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A 7up (Green) Clapton was a real good one but my favorite was a Ash bodied, in transparent (Teal) American Deluxe. Fender/Floyd bridge with the roller nut and bridge Humbucker. Made every Amp and pedal sound great!

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I prefer

dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery
Jul 15th, 2015 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dont know how i missed this one.

I have two favorites. One is a Black Mim, the other is a red Squire. I dont remember the years, but both inspire my creativity. Wouldnt sell either.


Columbus, Ohio

Jul 15th, 2015 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well it is one of two. Surf or sea foam green 50s Classic (2001) or a 1998 Jimmie Vaughan Olympic White. Both have maple fretboards. Both play second fiddle to my Teles though. Both have a soft V neck profile and larger than your average Strat neck, which is required for my taste in guitars. Not sure which I prefer most . They are both very nice guitars.



Sep 15th, 2015 12:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have owned 2 Strats ,a 68 mij re issue which was a pain to get a good tone from and my beloved 91 Strat Plus in 'blue burst' which I believe is rare colour. For quick practice I nick my son's Korean Squier which I picked up for £30 and its a terrific guitar



Sep 17th, 2015 01:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Owned a '64 Mustang as a first guitar. It was stolen 2 years later. Next guitar I bought 4 years later was a '66 Fender Jaguar which I still own. In '92 found a '66 Fender Mustang in a pawn shop for $69.99; so I replaced my stolen. But as Strats go; my '95 Aluminum Strat, my '79 Olympic white hardtail (bought in another pawn shop for $119.99 + tax in 2002), my '95 burst, & my '11 Clapton "Blackie" are in the top 10.



Oct 1st, 2015 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have several strats including a '12 American Standard. I dig all of my strats.

I just bought a brand new black MIM '15 Standard sss strat and put a new black white black pickguard on it and a set of brushed nickel locking tuners, along with an American string tree and black pickup covers.

The strat now has a blacked out look. I put on a set of chrome knurled dome barrel knobs on it and the chrome sets it off: black and chrome. I has a classic look with the chrome screw heads and trem and knobs. It has a beautiful maple neck, but the black body and black pickguard combine with the chrome hardware to make the guitar look spectacular but yet relaxed.

The single thing that surprised me most about this strat is that I really dig he stock pickups. All of my other strats have different or upgraded pickup sets, such as; the American Standard pickup set, two with Custom Shop Texas Special sets, and one with Custom Shop Fat '50s.

All of these strats are cool looking and great sounding, but this new black strat with the stock hot ceramic pickups really sounds remarkable with its bright and powerful sound and the tone is very satisfying as well.

It is a class act guitar.

(This message was last edited by DuffB2 at 12:17 PM, Oct 1st, 2015)

Jay Bones

Kelleys Island, Ohio

Oct 12th, 2015 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This one, my first electric and only Fender Stratocaster.

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Oct 28th, 2015 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"What's The Best Strat You've Ever Owned?"

For those of us with GAS...which is most of us...

The next new Strat!


West of Boston

Just workin' part time.
Oct 29th, 2015 04:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My third Strat ever, a 2004 50th. Had it only a few weeks. Was advertised as used, but still had the plastic on the pickguard. No wear at all. Had exactly what I wanted in a Strat: maple board, ash body, two point trem, and was set up almost perfectly, at a really good price. Being mainly a Tele player, I could never find a Strat that I could bond with, until this one. The main failing I find with most Strats is the bridge pup. The Tele just has more presence than the Strat. If only Fender could put a real Tele pup in the bridge.

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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Oct 30th, 2015 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 50th American Series Strat too. Awesome guitar in every respect. The tone is super duper. I was fortunate to stumble across a second hand one in awesome condition at a great price, something that I thought would never happen.



Oct 30th, 2015 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I own the 60th Anniversary American Strat and it's a great guitar. Lightweight, Great neck with compound radius, Great pickups, contoured heel.

Definitely one of my favorite Strats.

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Back in the old

Nov 29th, 2015 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A lot of strats have come and gone over the years -- but my all-time favorite is an unlikely candidate -- a vintage modified Squier 70's strat in black with tinted maple neck.

Light weight sounds great.


Sierra Vista, AZ

Dec 6th, 2015 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Best Strat I have owned/played is the one I just put together yesterday with a Clapton neck, EJ body, and loaded with a set of the Fender Pure VIntage Anniversary 1954 pickups. It weighs under 7lbs, it's simply incredible.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jun 16th, 2017 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since I posted my initial responses, I've had my '95 AMSTD completely renovated neck wise. That was my main issue, no good set up, a hard fighter, and chipping the poly like crazy until it all came off. Disgusted, I was about to sell it when I thought WTH, might as well get a 21yr old guitar redone, which I did.

It is now the easiest player of my two, the tint is perfect on the neck and the jumbo frets are really effortless to play. So it shares the "best strat" category with my MiM...It sounds pretty great too.

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Ch'town, PEI, Canada

He said he was a wit. He was half right.
Jul 3rd, 2017 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This one.After many builds and permutations, I've settled on my perfect Strat. Warmoth hard tail body, MIM neck, vintage tuners. Pups are Lace Sensor Hot Golds (6K). The wiring harness is custom built and will give me all thirty-five possible combinations of three pickups. The bridge pups are wired as a single unit.

My #1

(This message was last edited by henrycat at 10:06 PM, Jul 3rd, 2017)

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