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

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Jul 5th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm late to this thread.

It would be the one I built. Total Warmoth build. Fender Fat '50s and I tapped a few of the low poles up to level out the poles a bit.

Light alder body finished with tung oil. '50s neck carve, 1.75" wide nut, maple neck also finished with tung oil. Frets are the gold-colored alloy Warmoth uses. They are harder than standard frets but not as hard a SS.

The whole guitar is about 8lbs 8oz, IIRC. Plays really well. Has the Strat tones I love. I'm not a Strat guy but this one floats my boat as much a a Strat could. :-)

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Jul 5th, 2017 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

my best Strat is a frankenstein guitar. A neck from a Chinese "Starcaster by Fender" strat with a body from a Starfire Ibanez from the 1990ies. I put on neck position a Japanese boutique P94 ("De Young") pickup, on the mniddle a no name Japanese strat pickup from the 1970ies ("Rocky") and on the bridge an old Di Marzio HB from the 1970ies.
This guitar blew my mind though I didn'T play it for a long time now. It rots in a corner. May be I restring it and start again!

Te 52

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Jul 5th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...The wiring harness is custom built and will give me all thirty-five possible combinations of three pickups..."

Technical point: When you take into account all possible variations and combinations of series, parallel and phase, there are 47 ways to wire three pickups.

Which is not to take anything away from your exceptional and cleanly-executed Strat.



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Jul 8th, 2017 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

My white (Now Palomino-Colored) Eric Johnson Stratocaster is EASILY the best Strat I have ever owned.....and I have owned more than a few!

In my personal opinion, the Eric Johnson Strat is THE BEST Value in the entire Fender Line-up, hands-down.

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Vancouver, Wa.

Jul 8th, 2017 11:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've whittled it down from 21 guitars to one Strat. and one Tele..
I painstakingly made the decision to keep my 2011 closet classic pro. I find the resonance of the pine body is like none of my other Strats, I can literally feel every note vibrate through the body to mine The master design pickups are very articulate and allow every note to stand out no matter how much dirt I dial up. The C shape neck is a nice fit for my hands. I like the copper color, it's understated and not too flashy, sort of like me. This is by no means the most expensive Stratocaster I have owned, but I consider it to be the best.

Te 52

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Jul 10th, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

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

Easy, this one (link).

Of course, it's also the only one I've ever owned ;-)


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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Jul 10th, 2017 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ By definition then it's also the worst Strat that you've ever owned. :)

I'll bet it's a good one.


California, USA

8 Fenders...and counting...
Jul 16th, 2017 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 4, but my '56 Reissue is by far my favorite. Practically plays itself, and sounds so incredible with the NOS stuff. She's in whitewash white ash.

56 Reissue



Jul 17th, 2017 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have 3 different Strat my favorite is an American Vintage 70s Reissue. It's pretty amazing has an excellent tone and is the same model Hendrix used in Woodstock. Nonetheless I have a Brazilian Fender with fat50 in neck and Tex Mex on bridge n medium and believe me it's awesome too, very wonderful sound even with this a little crazy setup.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Sep 27th, 2017 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

For a while, my 07 MiM was my favorite due to ease of play. It still plays great, but has had a bone nut added and a proper professional set up that changed things up a bit, but in a good way. I think we sometimes play our guitars in ignorance of set up, nut, strings etc. and are just happy with it until someone professional lays hands on it. They we realize what we've missed.

My 95 AMSTD had it's woes for years, but it too got repaired and had a bone nut added and it somehow lost it's fight and now plays just as well. I guess both are the best because they are the only one's I've owned and play extensively.

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South Florida

Sep 28th, 2017 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an '05 Rosewood neck tobacco burst AmStd and have always been happy with it.

Recently I bought a '16 MIM Surf Green Maple neck and it's just as smooth sounding for half the price.

I got a double case so I could bring both to gigs and have one a half or whole step down.

I think I'm done with my Strat purchases.

I have evolved in my setup over the years. I used to have the pickups high so I got a fairly bright tone. But now pickups a bit lower which I think gives it a better and more dynamic tone.

Also I've gotten away from the dives and the floating bridge is down almost flat with just a tiny bit of play.

Also I've gone back and forth on string gauge. I started out with 9's and then went to 11s. But I've pretty much settled on 10s "Bullets".



Oct 11th, 2017 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

'71 4-bolt strat. Shouldn't have, but did, change out the pickups and refinish it all black including black pickup covers. Dimarzio Super 2 in the bridge position, Bill Lawrence blades in the other two. Sounded great. Killed the collector value but hey, back then I was a working musician...

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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Oct 14th, 2017 12:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

'56 CS ash bodied Strat. I was at the CS and picked the wood for the body and the flame maple neck. Also was able to get the exact two-band sunburst I wanted. I've honestly forgot what pick-ups I specified but this is a desert island guitar (as long as I have power).

And, of course, the LE FDP Strats.

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I'm playing it in a different key
Oct 14th, 2017 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 2001 Suhr Classic is a dream. Shoreline Gold color. Push in trem arm. 1 piece birds eye maple neck/fretboard, heavy frets.
Very early build. I do want to change the pickguard on it cause it is single ply white, kinda plain Jane.



Turn it UP !
Nov 10th, 2017 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 1990 MIM strat. I had OC Duff wind some pickups for me to Fenders 1968 specs. BUT I had the made for a left handed guitar. I'm a righty. Sounds fantastic and feels like part of my body.



Get a job Clown.
Nov 18th, 2017 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

My latest Stratocaster addition is my new favorite. It's another partscaster.
The body is a Fender MIJ '62 Vintage Reissue in Sonic Blue (looks more like Daphne Blue). The neck is a new Fender MIM 22 fret that I bought from Amazon. The hardware is a Callaham bridge w/ mid-length push-in arm, Fender locking tuners and the stock jackplate. The electronics are a 5-way CRL switch, CTS pots, Orange Drop cap, Switchcraft output jack and cloth wire. The pickups are D. Allen Tru '62 - Alnico 5 with modern stagger.

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United States

Nov 22nd, 2017 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've only owned two Strats my first was a natural body 1979 Maple neck Strat and I hated it. The second one that I own presently is the Eric Johnson Strat and it plays and sounds like butter. I will only own American made guitars in general. Nothing Korean, Japanese and definitely no Mexican

(This message was last edited by kimba79 at 07:29 AM, Nov 22nd, 2017)

Indiana Mike
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Victory Mansions

Nov 26th, 2017 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I may have posted in this thread already =)
The best Strat I've owned is a parts-o-caster that I put together with components purchased online.

CS '69 neck with 9.5 radius and big frets.
Mexican deluxe body SB, light and grainy.
CS '69 pickups, switches and pots.

Plays great, to my ears it has a warm, woody tone.

Not my favorite to play though, that would be a CS '66 LE. It came with a heavily checked Ice Blue Metallic body. I swapped that for a newish AS Charcoal Frost with vintage style two point bridge. A little too twangy compared to the first one I mentioned but to my eye it looks so good! It has the modern FB radius and frets too.



Nov 27th, 2017 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

My current MIM and a previous AVRI '57.



Dec 23rd, 2017 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine might be a 57 RI in lake placid blue made in 1988, it just had that strat sound. Wish I still had it....

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