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

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Santee CA

Dec 2nd, 2014 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Electron, your RC Strat photos always put a smile on my face. That's one cool looking Strat.


Nullius in verba!

Nietzsche is my copilot
Dec 3rd, 2014 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thx, V. I'm still nuts about this thing! It's the gold at the end of my rainbow. :)

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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Dec 13th, 2014 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a custom shop NOS '56 that I was involved with the manufacture of and I'd have to easily say it's my favorite. My FDP LE #1 is completely different but a close second.

I owned older Strats back when they were newer and other than sentimentality I'm not sure were as good as many of the modern Strats.

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Oakville, ON Canada

Glad to be back.
Dec 29th, 2014 10:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

In order, my top three are my 1964 Stratocaster, my '96 Cunetto Relic, and my '04 Master Designed '65. Number 1, depends on my mood.


Katy, TX

Electric Strummah...
Jan 2nd, 2015 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 2002 American Series is the best Stratocaster that I have ever owned. It was my Christmas present that year.

Like El Kabong, I once had a 1976 hardtail Strat, which was a horrible instrument, I sold it and never looked back.



all other priorities rescinded
Jan 5th, 2015 08:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

The 3 I have now are my favorites -
A '76 Sunburst Hardtail w/Rosewood neck that I have owned since 1985 is my favorite.
Closely following are a 2004 American Series Red w/ Rosewood neck and a 2005 EJ Strat.

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Endeavor to persevere
Jan 21st, 2015 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, your story on that Christmas strat from your wife is one of the best stories I've ever read here. This whole life thing (and occasions such as yours) is very cool. Thanks for sharing.


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Gonna introduce you

to the Buena Buena
Jan 23rd, 2015 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cheers, Shed. Not wife...grrl friend. I've decided to keep her, but we have yet to bring ink and paper into the transaction!



Feb 1st, 2015 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll add to this...

Take away my AmSt, because a certain amount of reputation precedes it; I expected it to be a good guitar... And it is.

On a whim for some reason, I saw a stock MIM with a rosewood fretboard on ebay for a real cheap price. I needed another strat like a hole in the head, but I figured, what the hell. I bought it.

It is THE best strat I've ever owned. G-d as my witness.

All the MIMs I've had have always been consistently OK - not great, not horrible, just solidly OK. They do their job.

But this one had a soul. I can't explain it.

Even with the cruddy ceramic PUs. It has more soul than my AmSt. When you play it unplugged, you strum it and it RESONATES. Hold the back end and pluck the high E string and it vibrates your arm.

I swapped out the the PUs for an Amst neck, CS 69 mid, and a SSL5 for the bridge. Made it even better.

Sad thing was, I put an Amst neck on it because I felt it was worthy of one, but it actually played better with the MIM neck. Still a great guitar though.

(This message was last edited by drksd4848 at 01:56 PM, Feb 1st, 2015)

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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Feb 4th, 2015 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree on the MiM with rose wood. There is something so silky and smooth about the actual play of one regardless of the ceramic pickups.

My 07 is just a stunner to play, but an average sounder.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Feb 5th, 2015 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...but it actually played better with the MIM neck."

The MIM's are my favorite Fender necks - both Strat and Tele. They just feel better to me than most of the MIA varieties. Part of it, I'm sure, is that I'm not a huge fan of the "Modern C" neck and the MIM's tend more toward the beefier, vintage style dimensions.

As note earlier, my "best Strat" is my homebrew with a MIM Robert Cray neck - one of THE most comfortable necks I've ever played.

The Jester
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I didn't do it!!!
Feb 5th, 2015 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

My best? The one I have now! A 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster!!! Outstanding!!!


Upstate NY, USA

I don't have the time to be patient
Feb 7th, 2015 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 1975 Stratocaster just sings...I'm still amazed how it chimes when I'm playing it when it's not plugged in.

The only down-side...it weighs so much I could use it as a boat anchor.

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BC interior

Feb 8th, 2015 12:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Jimmie Vaughan MIM strat I bought 2+ years ago. That's not to say that the half dozen other strats I've owned weren't good. They were but I really like the JV.



Feb 10th, 2015 12:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Partsocaster with a CAR Fender body, USACG neck, Gotoh bridge, MIM Standard pups.

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Hi, don't care, thanks.
Mar 14th, 2015 04:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

My very first. A '73 Am. Still got it but I don't gig it anymore. Too scared it will get damaged. Stays at home with me.



That is not my happy place!
Mar 14th, 2015 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Agile Strat, I was looking to buy an American made Strat and couldn't find one that I could get a relationship with. I ordered an Agile and it felt right, resonated unplugged, neck was close to perfect. The pickups weren't quite right so I replaced them with Dimarzios and now it is my rehearsal guitar, which gets played more than any other guitar I have. I also really like my homemade but I can't find the right pickups for it. I've had lots of different pups in it and have never been completely satisfied. I am currently in the process of installing some GFS Lil' Killers, waiting on a new pickguard to finish it up. It has a Carvin neck with ebony fret board that is awesome.


Back In The UK!

Swinging The Lead
Mar 21st, 2015 05:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I guess I found my favorite from all I have played, by customising it to my spec. Strat Plus Ultra body with an amazing custom neck. Pickups get swapped out regularly.

Off the shelf wise I have played a couple of sixties strats that were a privilege to play. Couldn't justify one as a non pro, and if I could acquire one it would be cosseted and played indoors only.

From what I remember the best playing strat I ever owned was a Squier. I guess it was more to do with my playing being at a level where the guitar was secondary though.

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Can do wheelies

on a unicycle
Mar 21st, 2015 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Gaukdawg, I've worked on a few of those Agile Strat copies and they are pretty dang good. The necks are rounder than the Fender standard, but not "clubby" at all. They all needed a fret dress, but after that they played and sounded great.



That is not my happy place!
Mar 23rd, 2015 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, mine doesn't need any fretwork. I am truly amazed at this guitar. If I wanted to set the action even lower I can almost put the strings right on the frets without buzz. Perfect relief and easy to adjust. When I got it all I had to do was a minor adjustment on the trussrod and actually I needed to raise the action just a touch. With the Dimarzios in it, it is truly amazing. Beautiful 2-tone burst. I'll take some picks at the next rehearsal. I don't have it at home.

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