FDP Forum / fender deluxe roadhouse strat( MIM)/ 14 messages in thread.

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weedpatch



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james dawson
Jul 3rd, 2016 06:18 PM        

Any issues with these strats



amphead4

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Jul 6th, 2016 12:51 PM        

I'm not getting anything from your link.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> I've not had any issues with mine.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> After a few years the strap button screw loosened in the end grain so I plugged it with a 1/4" hardwood dowel.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> The Texas Special pups are hotter than vintage pups, which might be good or bad, depending on your needs.<br /> <br /> 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.<br />



SandBagger

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

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.<br /> <br /> <br /> 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        

Yes, the link is bad. Basically the Roadhouse is like an MIM version of the American Special, with added S-1 switching.<br /> <br /> I haven't tried either one. Has anyone compared them?<br /> <br /> edit: should have said "added active preamp with 6-way switch..."



Mick Reid

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Jul 6th, 2016 05:15 PM        

I looked at the Road Worns a while back but ended up going with a Lone Star Deluxe (also MIM).<br /> <br /> The only reason I didn't go with the Road Worn was I just have a hard time with the whole relic thing.<br /> Otherwise the ones I tried played well and were well built imo.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> And ditto on the bad link.



weedpatch



usa

james dawson
Jul 6th, 2016 06:39 PM        

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......



reverendrob

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Jul 6th, 2016 08:07 PM        

You keep sticking your email address in the link field.<br /> <br /> End user error.



Joe Potts

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Jul 13th, 2016 05:00 PM        

My local dealer has a new Deluxe Roadhouse Strat in stock. Interesting mix of features:<br /> <br /> - Vintage Noiseless pups<br /> - 6-position rotary switch, and S-1 switch to bypass it<br /> - Locking tuners <br /> - 12" fretboard radius<br /> - "Narrow tall" frets<br /> <br /> It was Ice Blue Metallic, mint guard, rosewood board. Looked very sharp.<br /> <br /> I didn't have time to try it, but plan on going back.



Mick Reid

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Jul 13th, 2016 05:18 PM        

Hey Joe,<br /> 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.<br /> <br /> I wonder what's going on there? Is the one you saw new or used?<br /> <br /> I was just looking at the specs to see what the V6 switch did.



Joe Potts

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Jul 13th, 2016 06:06 PM        

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." <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Maybe I should have said BREAKING NEWS!



Mick Reid

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Jul 13th, 2016 08:23 PM        

"Maybe I should have said BREAKING NEWS!"<br /> <br /> Cool! I think I like the idea of the new specs to be honest.<br /> 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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Jul 16th, 2016 12:00 PM        

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."<br /> <br /> Looks like in addition to the blue and copper, it's also available in sunburst and Olympic white.



ecfan



New Jersey USA

I-IV-V
Jul 16th, 2016 02:46 PM        

Olympic White, mint guard and maple board <br /> <br /> Yeah baby!



wnachine



Ohio, USA

Jul 17th, 2016 06:46 PM        

For clarification, this is the new for 2016 "Deluxe Roadhouse Strat":<br /> http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electric-guitars/stratocaster/deluxe-roadhouse-strat/0147302305.html<br /> Note the street price is up to $799.<br /> <br /> This is the '14-'15 "Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster":<br /> http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electric-guitars/stratocaster/deluxe-roadhouse-stratocaster/0145012341.html#productsPerRow=3&prefn1=platform&prefv1=Deluxe&prefn2=series&prefv2=Deluxe&start=1<br /> 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.<br />



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