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urby
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Seattle, Wa

Jan 4th, 2014 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Played the crap out of a 1970 Strat for 20 years, have owned a few production and CS models from the early 90's through 2004. That's when I purchased my MB Kendrick '54 Anniversary model which put the kibosh on my Strat search. It has been my only Strat for the last 10 years.

I have recently, however, purchased a CS '60 Strat in my desire to own a rosewood board model. I like it.

I had a stock '95 Strat Plus for a few years. Bought it used. Really liked the sound, great guitar for the studio but absolutely hated the extremely thin neck profile. I'd like to put a set of those Gold Lace Sensors in a Strat that I enjoyed playing.

(This message was last edited by urby at 02:18 PM, Jan 4th, 2014)

fredocaster

USA

Jan 4th, 2014 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

My EJ and my AMD strat. Different beasts, but i use them for different things. I think my EJ has the best tone of any strat I've played (so far anyway). I've owned quite a few strats over the years, and i've played my fair share of CS strats.

Some years ago i ended up coming home my EJ after a bakeoff wtih 2 CS 56's and a CS 54 master built.

I really like the 56 though. Still looking for a good one of those. That new AV 56 seems interesting.....

L. Nedmundo

Philadelphia

Jan 5th, 2014 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've only owned two Strats, but I've played dozens and my favorite remains my 2004 Am. Series, which is Chrome Red with maple board and has Lace Hot Golds with the overwound bridge pickup. It can cover just about everything, plays wonderfully, and is more resonant than most guitars. I have constant GAS for other guitars -- mostly G&L's and Reverends -- but I've been able to hold off because I realize I'd rarely play anything over this Strat.

I also have a wonderful 2001 Am. Series HH hardtail, which would definitely see action if I played guitar in a band (I play bass), but for playing on my own I prefer the SSS the vast majority of the time.

longhair55
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Michigan

Hold my beer,..I'm gonna try someth'in
Jan 5th, 2014 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

My '04 50th also,.. it spoiled me to the point I sold all my other Strats,. and then bought an '07 '54 thinskin,.. sounds almost identical, but just different enough,.. if you know what I mean.

they're the only guitars I own anymore.

celius

USA

Ace
Jan 6th, 2014 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 2006 MIM 60th Anniversary with the Blizzard Pearl finish and tinted satin maple neck. I swtiched out the tex-mex pups several years ago for a really nice sounding set of Texas Specials and the guitar and pups have just aged beautifully. Not only does the color scheme still look awesome but the chunky-fast nicely figured neck (with stripes on parts of the finger board and neck) is a wonder to behold and play on. I have yet to play another strat that feels as good to me as this one........Never thought my No. 1 would be an MIM (compared to my American 60th and other strats I have owed in the past) but it is.

I now know for all my potential future purchases that I will need a similar chucky neck that feels as comfortable to me.

Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

My eyes are blind, but I can see
Jan 6th, 2014 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another vote for the '04 50th. Still a pristine sound and feels great.
A close second would be my '04 Clapton. These two guitars seem to best fit my playing and special moments.

I wouldn't neglect the amp that drives these two guitars and I find they both sound best through a Fender DRRI.

picnic
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GSP/A1A

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Jan 6th, 2014 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had an 04 AmDlx too. Really kept me happy until I got my first Tom Anderson Classic. Oh my! that TA just had the right vibe and did it all.

Current partsocaster is right up there in the vibe category. John Mayer sunburst body with SC Duncans in neck and middle and a Duncan Lil 59 in the bridge. Not too bright and it gets quacky. Neck is from the Fender Custom Shop and feels like an Anderson "Happy Medium" Callaham bridge and block, Sperzels. I put this one right up there with Anderson

ecfan

New Jersey USA

I-IV-V
Jan 6th, 2014 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

"My 2006 MIM 60th Anniversary with the Blizzard Pearl finish and tinted satin maple neck. I swtiched out the tex-mex pups several years ago for a really nice sounding set of Texas Specials and the guitar and pups have just aged beautifully. Not only does the color scheme still look awesome but the chunky-fast nicely figured neck (with stripes on parts of the finger board and neck) is a wonder to behold and play on. I have yet to play another strat that feels as good to me as this one........Never thought my No. 1 would be an MIM (compared to my American 60th and other strats I have owed in the past) but it is."

These are the specs I outlined for what I'd like the 2014 60th Anniversary Strat to be; right down to the Texas Specials! Fender, please, bring it on!

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Jan 6th, 2014 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

My '99 Am Deluxe in 3 tone sunburst and VanZandt PUs is my fave. Yes, all the funky push button tone crap was ripped out so now it works and sounds like a real Strat should. It also has a Fender Floyd Rose locking bridge swapped in.

Way back I had a prototype of the MIJ Strats MIA I purchased from friend who was a Fender rep at the time. That Strat was special too but like a dummie I sold it after a year or so.

BraindeadJer

Pura Vida

All riff, no raff.
Jan 7th, 2014 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 86 MIJ E series, especially since I put the CS69's in it last year.

Easyrider

Vancouver Canada

Life is too short to play cheap guitars
Jan 7th, 2014 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Out of all the starts I have owned there is only one that when I sold it I bought another one and still have it, the VG strat.

lockbody
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Birmingham, AL

Everybody loved us, except the people
Jan 7th, 2014 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

My '92 AVRI '62 Strat with Rumpelstiltskin Pre-CBS pickups. Other guitars come and go, this one remains.

Texican

Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Jan 7th, 2014 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

My CS NOS '61 is the best Strat that I've owned.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jan 8th, 2014 02:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got four Strat's, but the main one is my '95 MIA Strat w/Hot Noiseless pups.

Fro
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USA

Froman
Jan 8th, 2014 05:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

My '13 Jeff Beck Strat. It easily has the best neck I've ever played on a Strat.

slacker
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Hawkeye Country

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Jan 8th, 2014 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been playing since '82 and have owned about a dozen strats. The nicest (and still coveted by one of my best friends) is a MIM....can't remember the name for sure...."Vintage Player's Strat" maybe? It was a first run FSR with Texas Specials and AmVintage hardware.

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Jan 8th, 2014 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Overall...to me the interesting aspect of what is being detailed here, is the point that it makes no difference where the Strat is made, what model it is, or what features it has. You will finds gems in the Strat-line as long as you have an open mind and let your hands and ears make the decision. Whether MIM, MIA, Custom Shop, home-brew, etc., the lineage of a fine Strat matters not; it is the individual instrument that still rules the day.

Mikey_D
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Boston area

Jan 8th, 2014 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Esparza 50th Anny CS MB was the best by far. Wish I still had it.

Where oh where are you?? Come home!!! :)

ecfan

New Jersey USA

I-IV-V
Jan 8th, 2014 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 @ stratcowboy

Peegoo
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I walk

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Jan 8th, 2014 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

stratcowboy makes a profound statement and hits one out of the park!

+2!

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