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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / fender deluxe roadhouse strat( MIM)



james dawson
Jul 3rd, 2016 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any issues with these strats

fender deluxe roadhouse strat (MIM)

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Cincinnati, USA

Jul 6th, 2016 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not getting anything from your link.

I have a 2007 MIM Roadhouse Strat, it's the only strat I've ever owned. Three color sunburst, maple neck with tint, tortoise pickguard. I shopped a couple of months before I bought it, looking at both MIM and MIA. When shopping, I always tested them acoustically without plugging in and this one was obviously better acoustically.

I've not had any issues with mine.

Body finish was perfect, tinted neck is satin instead of glossy, also fine but the tint is on the ends of the nut, not a big deal but it lets you know that it's been artificially tinted. Fretwork is fine but tops were not rounded and left a little flat. Not highest quality but plays well with no buzzes or fretting out.

One of the six bridge pivot screws was bent from the factory. I turned it so it bends towards the neck so the bridge plate is only contacting and pivoting on five screws. I don't understand how a wood screw being driven into a predrilled hole can be bent. I suspect the screw was defective from the manufacturer and the assembler just used it instead of throwing it away.

Besides this screw, the only other real manufacturing defect I remember is the jack plate doesn't cover the oval hole in the body perfectly. At the edge of the jack plate towards the pickguard you can see a little sliver of the hole. I think the lower jack plate screw needs to be relocated about 1/16". Maybe the drilling is to spec and the jack plate is irregular, I don't know.

After a few years the strap button screw loosened in the end grain so I plugged it with a 1/4" hardwood dowel.

I worked on the nut slightly and adjusted the claw so it would float. No fretwork or string length adjustment required. Probably tweaked the truss rod when I changed to 10s. Just normal stuff that you might do to any guitar.

The Texas Special pups are hotter than vintage pups, which might be good or bad, depending on your needs.

I've modded it a slight bit but I always do that. Master tone, blender pot (N+B), steel inertia block, CU foil shielding, just normal stuff to please myself. I only changed that block because I thought the treads were stripping, not for a tone improvement.

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Enjoy Every Popsicle
Jul 6th, 2016 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not accusing you of anything weed patch, but I attempted to open your link, but my MacBook won't allow it. Got a "Phishing-Site" warning.

Try uploading a photo some other way. FWIF, my cousin has one. Nice guitar.

Purple Valley
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Jul 6th, 2016 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, the link is bad. Basically the Roadhouse is like an MIM version of the American Special, with added S-1 switching.

I haven't tried either one. Has anyone compared them?

edit: should have said "added active preamp with 6-way switch..."

(This message was last edited by Purple Valley at 04:13 AM, Jul 14th, 2016)

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jul 6th, 2016 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I looked at the Road Worns a while back but ended up going with a Lone Star Deluxe (also MIM).

The only reason I didn't go with the Road Worn was I just have a hard time with the whole relic thing.
Otherwise the ones I tried played well and were well built imo.

Despite amphead4's few minor build issues, I would say that 99% of the MIM stuff is very good and would venture to say that the QC has probably improved in later years. That said, there's always some % that escape the controller.

And ditto on the bad link.



james dawson
Jul 6th, 2016 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know whats going on I was only asking a question not posting any pictures. Something is fishy not sure what to do about......

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Jul 6th, 2016 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

You keep sticking your email address in the link field.

End user error.

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

I'm an old guitar hassler
Jul 13th, 2016 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

My local dealer has a new Deluxe Roadhouse Strat in stock. Interesting mix of features:

- Vintage Noiseless pups
- 6-position rotary switch, and S-1 switch to bypass it
- Locking tuners
- 12" fretboard radius
- "Narrow tall" frets

It was Ice Blue Metallic, mint guard, rosewood board. Looked very sharp.

I didn't have time to try it, but plan on going back.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jul 13th, 2016 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Joe,
Not trying to contradict your post, but I just had a look at the Fender website and it specs the RH Dlx with 9.5"R, medium jumbo frets and standard tuners as well as Texas Special pickups.

I wonder what's going on there? Is the one you saw new or used?

I was just looking at the specs to see what the V6 switch did.

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

I'm an old guitar hassler
Jul 13th, 2016 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mick, apparently Fender has changed the specs on the Roadhouse. The one I saw is fresh from Fender - the dealer said Fender is just about ready to "roll it out."

The website evidently still shows the old specs, but the dealer gave me a Fender spec sheet on the new one. It will also be available in a copper color with maple board.

Maybe I should have said BREAKING NEWS!

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jul 13th, 2016 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Maybe I should have said BREAKING NEWS!"

Cool! I think I like the idea of the new specs to be honest.
I really like the VN's I put in my Lone Star Dlx and I recently added a second 12"R guitar (G&L) to my collection. The 12" & 9.5" are my preferred radii.

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

I'm an old guitar hassler
Jul 16th, 2016 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the link to the new specs on Fender's website. Don't know what the significance is of calling it a "Strat" instead of a "Stratocaster."

Looks like in addition to the blue and copper, it's also available in sunburst and Olympic white.

New Roadhouse Strat

(This message was last edited by Joe Potts at 04:14 PM, Jul 16th, 2016)


New Jersey USA

Jul 16th, 2016 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Olympic White, mint guard and maple board

Yeah baby!


Ohio, USA

Jul 17th, 2016 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

For clarification, this is the new for 2016 "Deluxe Roadhouse Strat":
Note the street price is up to $799.

This is the '14-'15 "Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster":
I just got one of these on closeout for $385. Not sure what the price increase is for, but I'd take this one for even money.

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