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Sep 25th, 2016 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


I had a classic series 60's stratocaster years ago,I put 57/62 in them, and I liked it.

I then "graduated" to a Fender American Vintage 62.

Years later I finally got me a 62 Custom shop. But I sold the other strats.

Fast forward a few years, and due to an emergency I had to sell my Custom Shop Strat.

Since then, I'm contemplating buying another 60's type strat. I tried some used American Vintages 62, but after owning the custom shop, the quality does not feel the same. Good, but not like the custom shop, so for the money people are asking for used American vintage strats these days (they are discontinued) I feel let down a bit.

I almost feel like just buying a used Mexican Classic 60's again, putting in 57/62. Some people on youtube play them stock and they sound good.

My point is, once I got the custom shop, the whole "American Strat" bugg that I had when I first began years ago is gone. I could care less. Poly, nitro, American, high end mexican... who cares? The AV no longer blows me away like it once did. I don't think it's anything special really.

So after 20 years, I just might find a used classic 60's, change the pickups and still have money left over.

Also, I think that since the 62 has been discontinued, people are overpricing them on the used market.

The Custom Shop strat really spoiled me. It had something special. Something the AV strats don't give me anymore,,so why bother? Just go with the mexi classic series and change the pickups.

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Sep 25th, 2016 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Keep your eyes ope and you'll come across another Strat that you'll fall in love with. You won't have to spend a lot of money.

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USA/Taos, NM

Sep 25th, 2016 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've owned and played many Custom Shop Strats. Granted they are mostly really top end guitars. But that said, the best Strat I've played is my #1, which I've had for 17 years. It is an American Standard Strat with Lindy Fralin Vintage Hot pickups. It is far-and-away the best playing and sounding Strat I've ever played. I've even had the opportunity to play it side-by-side against a number of Custom Shop $3K and $4K Strats. Nothing doing. My old #1 is still the best (and I'm not sure why...). It has a bit chunkier neck than you find on most American Standard or American Series guitars, and the build quality is really topnotch.

So don't paint yourself into a "Custom Shop corner;" there are plenty of great Strats out there that are high quality instruments. Just keep looking until you find "the one."



Sep 25th, 2016 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, Thanks. I tend to always go for the 60's type strats. It's my thing. It's my favorite strat look.

However, I see less 62 Av around. And the ones I see are more expensive than they should be on the used market. However, I'll be patient.

I'm just wondering.... how were the late 80's American Vintage guitars built. I mean was funny on the ball then, or did they let some details slip away?


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Sep 25th, 2016 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Every year of production has many gems on the list, as well as not-so-gem-like guitars too.

Play as many as you can.

Pay little attention to the year of manufacture and the decal on the headstock.

The one that plays and sounds best just might be one you--going in--never would've considered.

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Sep 27th, 2016 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The MIJ/CIJ 6O's Strats can be nice?

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Sep 27th, 2016 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or a Tokai.

You might be surprised

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Sep 27th, 2016 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My story is pretty much the same as stratcowboy's. My 50th Anni American Series Strat beats any Fender CS Strat or Tele I've owned (3 total) or played. A good guitar is a good guitar period.

My first thought when I saw the thread title was that you might have acquired a real 62 Strat. You would probably have to be 1st in line at a garage sale to find one of those at a bargain price.



Sep 28th, 2016 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well here is where I am at.

I tried several American standards and they are nice, but I don't like the bigger nut width.

I usually don't mind a bigger nut witdh with smaller scales guitars, Like a Les Paul. But Strats have a 25.5 scale length, with in combination with my small hands makes it a little more of a chore to play.

I know that I need a 60's type strat with a 42 MM nut width and 7.25 board. It's what I have always played and liked.

Now, save money and get a classic series or road worn, or spend more and get a used american vintage.

At this point it doesn't matter to me. I can try and find a used classic series and change the pickups to 57/62. I have found that through youtube, which didn't exist when I first started playing guitar, that I see too many people playing mexican reissues and they sound good. So the american vintage doesn't feel like the only option anymore. It does't have the prestige for me that it once did. I have to see.

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Sep 28th, 2016 11:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't assume you'll have to change the pickups either.

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Sep 29th, 2016 03:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or you can try to find a used AVRI 62 . I have seen plenty on reverb.com.



Sep 30th, 2016 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So I purchased a used 1996 Black AVRI 62. And I love it. It feels like home, which the standards do not.. or any strat without the 60's features do not. The neck fits my hand right, it sounds good, and even though it came with no case, I got it for the price of a new road worn. I really don't care for cases as I just mostly play at home. And it already has dings and scratches and I really don't care.

Honestly, and this is not to knock the custom shop, but I actually don't feel a difference between this and the custom shop 62 I had. It feels like the same guitar. Even the weight. The neck is even the same, not fat or thin, just right for my small hands. I'm very happy.

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Sep 30th, 2016 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic




Oct 6th, 2016 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I had to get the guitar set up as there was some buzzing. I went to guitar center, which is the closest place by me. Literally a 10 min drive. The tech told me that because the the neck has a 7.25 radius board the action needs to be high in order to not buzz. I thought this was baloney, since I have owned many 7.25 boards that had low action with no buzzing. This guitar has a straight neck, no issues. I had him set it up for me anyway. Low and be hold I got it back, and the action is SO HIGH.

A little background, this is the same tech who once could not change tuners on a less Paul for me, from the green stock klusons to grovers. He said he needed to "ream" and he couldn't do it. I always had techs do this for me, even if they had to ream, and they did it with no problem.

So I am questioning his opinion that this strat needs high action due to the 7.25 radius. As I said, I've had several reissues and I was always able to get the action right from other techs. I'm a little frustrated right now. Why do guitar center techs always seem to have issues?

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Oct 6th, 2016 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"... The tech told me that because the the neck has a 7.25 radius board the action needs to be high in order to not buzz. I thought this was baloney..."

Well, it's not entirely baloney, but it depends. Guitars with 7.25" radii will choke out sooner IF you do extreme bends. But if you bend little or not at all, they can be set up as low as a guitar with a flatter radius.

A really good tech would have quizzed you about your playing style before making assumptions about what you need.



Oct 6th, 2016 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, will my bends are not extreme. I've had many strats with low action on a 7.25 board and I had no issues bending. Yeah maybe they fret out a little faster, but I don't do these extreme bends so it always worked out.

I'm just going to take it to this guitar tech I know in Sam Ash. He's always done me right and always set up my 7.25 boards with low action.

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Oct 6th, 2016 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. First you have to find "the" guitar.

Then, you have to find "the" guitar tech...



Oct 6th, 2016 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes. Well I took it to the guy at Sam Ash. He's been there forever and has always done great work. He even looked at the nut and said there was an issue there. He's very experienced.

Guitar Center is more closer to my home, but their techs have been sub par. The action is wayyy too high on this guitar. And he acted like "That's just the way it is." I get this allot from their techs. There are issues but they never offer a solution. Sometimes I even see him selling stuff when they are short staff. I never saw a tech work in sales as well.

I use .9 guage and I have a light touch, so low action on a vintage style board is no problem fir me.


New Jersey USA

Oct 7th, 2016 07:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Why do guitar center techs always seem to have issues?"

Because they are not real guitar techs. I too have had negative experiences with GC "techs".



Oct 7th, 2016 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hear you. It seems like they only do basic setups, and if any issues arise they can't fix it. Once I bought a stat that had a bow in the neck. The guitar center tech, another one, told me it has a bow and he did his best. He offered no solution to the problem.

I brought the strat to the Sam Ash guy and he asked me why didn't the guitar center guy do this or that? Long story short, he fixed the bow.

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