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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Oly White, Mint Green and ?

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Santee CA

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Oct 3rd, 2017 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rosewood, although you really can't go wrong with Oly White.

That said, I've had bad luck with rosewood boards on Strats and Teles. The best sounding have all had maple fretboards, thus my 3 maple board Strats.

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Washington DC

Oct 3rd, 2017 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's one with African rosewood... It sounds pretty beefy, too.

John Mayer model

(This message was last edited by tiller2 at 12:58 PM, Oct 3rd, 2017)

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Oct 3rd, 2017 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you go with rosewood, I think you need black pickup covers, knobs, and switch and trem bar tips.

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Edmond, OK

Oct 3rd, 2017 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

The majority has spoken: rosewood.I have Tele in the config, but unable to post pics at the moment.

Good Luck!


Undiscover'd country

from whose bourn no traveller returns.
Oct 3rd, 2017 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Rosewood. :)



Oct 3rd, 2017 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was leaning toward rosewood and saw a photo of Gilmour's white Strat with a maple fretboard...

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Oct 3rd, 2017 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Outlier deviant. Photo in profile.

(This message was last edited by Doc Sarvis at 09:35 PM, Oct 3rd, 2017)

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Santee CA

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Oct 3rd, 2017 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hendrix had a moment or 2 with a white/maple Strat.

I kinda like mine

(This message was last edited by Viera at 09:39 PM, Oct 3rd, 2017)

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North of I10
Oct 3rd, 2017 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

This doesn't have the green guard but this is why I like Oly white and rosewood. I removed the original maple neck and used it for another strat with Warmoth body.

My White 89



Oct 4th, 2017 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oly White + Mint Green + Maple looks gorgeous!

Well, I'll eventually end up with the combo of Oly White + Rosewood as well.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Oct 5th, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Along with Hendrix, I was going to mention George Harrison playing his white w/maple board Strat at the Concert for Bangladesh.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Oct 5th, 2017 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

My ideal strat has always been White of any nature, and rosewood board. Looks like a working strat to me.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Oct 14th, 2017 12:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

My JV Oly white Strat has a mint green guard, cream accessories, and a maple board not unlike the one I had throughout the 70's. So that's my vote.

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Santee CA

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Oct 14th, 2017 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ I had a mint green on my JV Strat also. If I go back to SSS (it's HSS now) the mint green guard will go back on. It's a great look.


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Oct 15th, 2017 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  




pronounced mish-ka
Oct 25th, 2017 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

IMO the quintessential Stratocaster is Jimi's Oly White and maple neck ... how can one argue with that ?

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Oct 25th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Don't just go on looks. I recently changed the neck on my Oly White Jimmy Vaughn due to worn out frets on my original maple neck. I decided to go with rosewood for a change and I GOT a change - in tone and not in a good way. My favorite guitar became my least favorite due to it not sounding nearly as good as it did previously. Nothing else had changed.

I ended up having the frets crowned and put the maple neck back on it and now I'm happy again.

I used to not believe there was a noticeable tone difference between the two but now I'm a believer.

Both maple and rosewood LOOK good on a white Strat though.

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USA/Taos, NM

Oct 25th, 2017 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

There's a lot more to a neck than whether it's rosewood or maple. You may have experienced the same downgrade in tone with just another maple-boarded neck. In my experience, these things definitely vary from neck to neck, no matter what the material. Whether it's the density of the neck and its material, its shape (thickness, width, etc.), the frets, or whatever (personally...I don't really know), each neck (I find) makes a guitar sound different.

Consider yourself fortunate for having a neck that works well with the body it is on. I would never give such a good combination up and would continue to have the neck serviced in order to maintain the quality of tone.

My 2 cents...



Oct 27th, 2017 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer the maple and especially a maple neck with a maple cap fretboard.

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Santee CA

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Oct 27th, 2017 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

+1 stratcowboy.

I've had bad luck with rosewood boards. All my 3 Strats are all maple. That aside I've heard too many great sounding Strats (& Teles) with rosewood boards. In the end a good Strat is a good Strat.

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