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NHILL1

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Feb 7th, 2017 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The name says it all, low or high price. I've been tossing and turning over getting the right strat, and have yet to find one that nails tone and feel combined. Thoughts?

I apologize to those who are sick of hearing about my search for the perfect strat, but I'm in market and not finding what I want, so I'm turning to others to see what's the best they're tried so far.

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Feb 7th, 2017 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maybe detail the attributes you like in a Strat; neck profile, what radius fretboard, fret size, etc.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 03:52 PM, Feb 7th, 2017)

littleuch
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Feb 7th, 2017 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been building mine own for a while now, have 3. The one production Strat that really appealed to me a couple years ago was the 62 Hotrod. I like heftier necks.

No longer in production as far as I can tell

NHILL1

United States

Feb 7th, 2017 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

littleuch, that's the strat I wanted. I wanted a particular sound more than appointments, but as far as appointments I prefer a steel block, medium to large neck size, and SSS configuration. I was thinking maybe the MIM 60's strat, as that's the closest thing to the 62 Hotrod strat I could find.

What do you think of this? Kind of in the same vein, but affordable.

60's MIM Strat

(This message was last edited by NHILL1 at 04:03 PM, Feb 7th, 2017)

littleuch
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Feb 7th, 2017 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It would depend on the neck profile for me. I'm ok with the vintage radius and frets, but do not like skinny necks.

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El Californio

Feb 7th, 2017 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am partial to the 50s Classic Strat MIM. Add a set of Custom Shop Fat 50s pups and you are in business.

NHILL1

United States

Feb 7th, 2017 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They're the same guitar Archie, except one's maple and the other's rosewood.

Oh well, I'm gonna go to guitar center tonight and see if I can pin down a choice. I just wanted to get some opinions before I go.

teemon

Florida

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Feb 7th, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maybe try a Classic Player 50s or 60s mim. The CP50s has soft v neck....not puny. Also has american 57/62 pick ups. Really nice guitars.

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Feb 8th, 2017 12:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you considered a Jimmie Vaughan Strat? They come with American Vintage trem and tuners. The necks are great, not as beefy as the SRV but substantial enough. 9.5" rad fret board with medium jumbo frets.

The Tex-Mex pups may are may not work for you. They resemble Texas Specials but have a voice of their own.

teemon

Florida

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Feb 8th, 2017 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Man I want a JV Strat

Purple Valley
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Feb 8th, 2017 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't forget the Road Worn. Vintage radius, but tall frets. Better pups and "feel" than a Classic MIM, IMO. Same pups as the JV.

And if you'll take a hardtail, the Robert Cray is prob the closest to a Hot Rod '62 (besides the SRV). Great value Strat.

(This message was last edited by Purple Valley at 03:09 PM, Feb 9th, 2017)

Viera
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Feb 8th, 2017 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ I've almost pulled the trigger on a Robert Cray Strat more times than I can remember. One of these days I'm going to get me a hardtail Strat and It could just be a Cray.

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Feb 9th, 2017 01:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I LOVE my 50's Classic series MIM Strat! The best Strat for the money. Feels and plays great and besides the black, white and sunburst also comes in Daphne Blue, Surf green n fiesta red! Awesome Strat for under 1K!

celius

USA

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Feb 9th, 2017 03:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Short of paying top dollar for a Custom Shop one, I have to echo most of the posts on here regarding several of the models mentioned on here in terms of the MIM lines. I have played (but not purchased) all of these MIM's as they have come in to my local GC and they are impressive instruments.

What has impressed me the most about these recent MIMs over the past several years is not the bodies but the necks......Very good quality work....Not as spectacular as the necks you used to see on the now gone Fender Japan strats but pretty close.

On the other hand, you don't see many MIM's with the real deep back contours that I like on American Strats and particularly the older ones. The MIM bodies seem a little chunkier at times that their American Brothers.

If the MIM, with the current features noted by everyone, started coming with deeper back contours, I don't think that I would purchase another American Strat going forward. BTW, as I noted on my other thread, my number one is a MIM; love the neck in spite of the chunky body in back; I could play it all day if I did not have to work.

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Feb 11th, 2017 12:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"They're the same guitar Archie, except one's maple and the other's rosewood."

Just for the record I own one of each. The 50s has a slimmer, soft V neck and the 60s has a more rounded shoulder & beefier profile. Both are great.

lox

Columbus, Ohio

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Feb 11th, 2017 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The JV Strat, at least older ones, have a great neck. One of the best, but I have not tried a Eric Johnson Strat which supposedly has a great neck. So I guess I would buy an Olympic White JV strat, maybe an older used one, and then find the right pups if you don't care for the Tex Mex stock pups, which you might like. They are hotter than vintage style for sure. It might be just what you are looking for. The middle pup is run wide open and the the bridge pup has the tone control connected to it so you can control it better. Middle wide open seems fine to me.

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Feb 12th, 2017 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ Good points regarding the JV Strat. Another thing about them is they're routed for humbuckers at the bridge and at the neck. Mine is currently set up as an HSS.

check it out

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

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May 1st, 2017 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In my opinion, The Eric Johnson Strat is the best current Fender production Strat being made.

Simply a FABULOUS instrument!

Deep

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May 2nd, 2017 02:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

On the lower end of the spectrum look at the MIM Classic 50's series Stratocasters. I love them! Especially the neck. Comes in cool colors like Fiesta red, Daphne Blue, Surf green etc...Best sub 1000$ vintage style Strat out there, period!

TheProfessor
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May 2nd, 2017 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does it have to be a Fender?

I've never seen a bad review on one of these (other than price and wait time).

DeTemple 56

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