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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / NG'sD - Fender Strat Plus x 3 !!!

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

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Nov 12th, 2016 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ever since I found my '90 Fender Strat Plus in a pawnshop a few weeks ago, I decided I want to hunt down some more Plus's if I could find them for a good price.

Well last weekend I stopped by a second hand guitar shop where I frequent, and they just happened to just get in a few of these older Plus Strats.

It turned out that 2 of them were built in '90 which is the same year my son was born and the other was a '95.

I tried them all out a really liked the 90's a lot because of the Gold Lace Sensor pickup and the had really good necks.

The '95 is a little different with the Blue/Silver/Red pickups and this one has the Fender Floyd Rose bridge. It was good in a totally different way.

I took all 3 up to the counter and asked for package cash money deal.

They weren't pawnshop deals, but were cheaper than any E-bay,Reverb or most that are posted on CL.

I found out the secret to these guitars is how close you get the pickups to the strings. If you have them too low they can sound lifeless and sterile.

I've heard this complaint and it was valid because all 3 guitars had the pickups too low. Once I adjusted them, they were a totally different animal.

I'm really happy with all the tones I'm able to get out of these guitars. I like that they offer something different than all my other strats.

Anyway here they are:

'90 Black (E9), '90 Ebony Frost (N9), '95 Sunburst:

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

Fender Aficionado BF Lifetime Member
Nov 12th, 2016 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

back of guitars

Back side of the guitars:

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

Fender Aficionado BF Lifetime Member
Nov 12th, 2016 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Headstock pics

Headstock pics

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Nov 12th, 2016 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, do the older ones have the Wilkinson roller nuts and the newer one has the LSR nut?
I'm only familiar with the newer Strat, but have seen a few of the older ones converted to the LSR nut. I have a Japanese Strat with the LSR nut but once I changed strings and lost a couple of the ball bearings. It took me 3 months to get replacement parts (bridge) from Fender but was happy that they also supplied the stainless steel shims with the replacement nut. It is a 1996 and also have a 1982 Japanese Strat with the Kahler tremolo. Nice guitar with a locking nut behind the regular string nut. It's ok but not well executed.
All nice guitars, by the way, and I bet you'll enjoy them! They look to be in really good shape.
Enjoy!

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

Fender Aficionado BF Lifetime Member
Nov 12th, 2016 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Cal. Yes the early Strat Plus guitars had the Wilkenson nuts, and I think the mid 90's Plus guitars had the LSR.

I like both types of nuts and do not have a preference yet.

The are really great guitars for the money.



Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Nov 12th, 2016 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oops! A recheck of the serial number on my Japanese Strat says 1989. It has an ash body with the Kahler System 1 tremolo.
The body needs to be refinished because it looks like someone (my friend Bob) did a poly coat on it with a paint brush. But a free guitar is always nice to get! It has Seymour Duncan pickups that have solid white covers with the 'S' logo. They are low powered but chime nicely. The Kahler tremolo could use some new fine tuners replaced but functions well. The neck is a little thin and narrow, but it's all good. I replaced the locking nut from Guitar Parts Resource and was an exact match.
Guitar Parts Resource is a great place to find parts. Like the harmonica bridge for my 82' SG.
You did good on finding so many excellent guitars and in one store, Wow!
Enjoy your new guitars and your new life of poverty! Lol
Best regards again, Woody

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

Fender Aficionado BF Lifetime Member
Nov 12th, 2016 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Cal.

I've seen those 80's Japanese strats like the one you have, and they are really fine guitars.

You REALLY need to hold on to that one.

Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Nov 13th, 2016 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All I can say is friggin' awesome! Three very nice guitars. You are a lucky dude.

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

Fender Aficionado BF Lifetime Member
Nov 13th, 2016 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks MM.

I had the cash and the 3 were just too hard to pass up.

I know I would have regretted leaving one of them behind.

Mick Reid
Contributing Member
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Nov 13th, 2016 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you for making me feel better about my buying 2 Teles in 2 months!

Congrats on the strats!
- see what I did there? - it rhymes :^)

ecfan

New Jersey USA

I-IV-V
Nov 13th, 2016 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The '90 Ebony Frost is just drop-dead gorgeous!

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

Fender Aficionado BF Lifetime Member
Nov 13th, 2016 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys. I really are digging the Strat plus guitars.

MR - I've actually bought 5 guitars in the last month.

I bought these 3 pluses last weekend, a '09 Fender '57 American Vintage RI Surf Green Strat that I found in a pawnshop for VERY cheap.

And lastly I found my 1st '90 Strat Plus in a pawnshop the 2nd week in October.

My wife just couldn't believe I was bringing home all these guitars.

ECfan - The EF is just an amazing looking guitar in a Fender finish I'd never seen before.

I knew I HAD to have it once I played it.





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