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Any fender strat players

What strat do you own ? why do you like it ?
I own a 2004 mex made 60s strat and a 06 amer deluxe V neck strat with S1 system. I like the tones of the strats my amer delux has a great clean tone. I want to change the pickups on my 60s strat possible to Rio Grande's I will post picks soon
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Re: Any fender strat players

11/25/2007 4:02 PM

Drew Todd (1193) wrote:

Hi Vince. Welcome to Wholenote.

I've got a US-made '57 Reissue Strat that was manufactured sometime in the early 80's. Up until I got my Tele, it was my "number 1" all the way.

Other than a fancy black pickguard, some black Tele-style knobs, and a refret, it's all original: Three stock single-coil pickups, two-tone sunburts, maple neck, three-way toggle switch... the whole "reissue" vibe.

I'd have to say that the Strat has the most personality of any guitar I've played. It's fat and sassy; almost like a baritone saxophone. The Tele is much cleaner and more "civilized," by comparison, though I love it's clarity.

Lately, the Strat neck has been getting "sticky," for lack of a better term. It's like the finish on the back of the neck started wearing thin, and now it's got a tackiness that makes playing it a little rough. So she's on semi-hiatus until I can get her into the shop for a diagnosis.

Anyway, I'd love to see pics of your darlings. It's always fun to see other peeps' axes. :)

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11/26/2007 8:42 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

Vince,

I've got a 40th anniversary American Standard Strat. (yeh...a 40th anniversary. Too impatient to wait an extra 10 years!!)

I added 2 extra springs to the tremolo/vibrato (whichever verbage you choose) and it seems to have increased sustain now that the tailpiece is sitting firmly on the wood. Prior to that it floated a bit.

I recently looked at a Strat VG. It was nice with all the special functions. I wasn't real happy with the feel of the neck. I believe mine is a shallow C neck while the VG was more of a U shaped neck. I've decided against selling or trading mine in for the VG. It just didn't feel the same. Literally! The body seemed a bit lighter. Not sure what mine is made of nor what the VG is made of, but with mine, I can feel the vibrations through the body a bit more.

The variability of the tonal settings on the VG are pretty neat, however. The twelve string sounded pretty good. The humbuckers were, well, not QUITE real convincing, but close. The Tele sound, pretty much right on as I got the chance to swap the VG for a Tele that was sitting right next to the amp I was using.

The normal Strat sound was , well, the normal Strat sound. But for the money....not right now.

I don't recall what pups are in my Strat, they are the original pups, though. I like them a lot and they are very quiet, but definitely not noiseless.

That's it.
Andy S.

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11/26/2007 8:52 AM

Andrew Ells-O'Brien (563) wrote:

Mine is a Fender 2007 AIMM FSR 5760 Strat (#013-0014-
303). For the english translation...it is a Fender Standard Strat
but with these changes: a 1957 2-tone sunburst body; a 1960s
neck with rosewood board.

It isnt the best guitar ever but it serves it purpose as a Strat in
my arsenal.

Pros:
Hard-to-find 2-tone sunburst finish
Single Ply pick-guard
No canoe routing, each pickup is routed individually

Cons:
Pick-guard holes not properly countersunk
ALLOT of finish compound and sawdust in electronics cavity
Back-plate doesnt line up with tremolo block (Fender hasnt
been able to fix this for years!)

Bottom line:
If you like the looks, its worth every penny. If youre just looking
for a Strat tone, stick with a generic standard.

Here are the Specs:

Fender Part#: 013-0014-303
Description: 2007 AIMM FSR 5760 Strat
Color: Two-Tone Sunburst
UPC: 71769639365
MSRP: $974.99
Body: Alder
Neck: C-Shaped maple, gloss polyurethane finish
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 7.25 Radius (184 mm)
No. of Frets: 21 Vintage Style Frets
Scale Length: 25.5 (648 mm)
Width @ Nut: 1.650 (42 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Machine Heads: Fender/Ping vintage-style tuning machines
Bridge: Vintage synchronized tremolo
Pick-guard: 1-Ply parchment
Pickups: Three vintage style single coil Strat pickups with
staggered Alnico 5 pole-pieces
Controls: Master Volume, 2 Tone
Unique Features: 50s body style with 60s neck profile.


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Re: Any fender strat players

11/26/2007 12:25 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Hi Vincent,

Yeah, I own a 2000 (year) American Deluxe Strat, and I absolutely love it. Birds Eye maple neck & fretboard, see thru teal paint, it's gorgeous, and plays like a dream.

Has Vintage Noiseless pickups on it, however, I did change the bridge pickup for a hot-rail humbucker for more gain & output, with that, I had to change the pot as well.

That is the only change I made, and will not make any other changes to it. It's perfect the way it is.

Chris

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11/26/2007 12:26 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I have a 2007 HSS Strat ( MIM)

This model has a humbucker by the bridge, and 2 single coils.

The fit and finish is really great! The guitar plays well,and sounds good. The single coils are a bit noisier than I expected. The 2 & 4 positions on the switch are very quiet, even quieter than the humbucker, which is a surprise.

I am still coming to grips with the vibrato/tremelo bar and bridge... goes out of tune a bit from time to time. The guitar is a little heavier than I expected, but the tone is good, but I wonder if it would be better with better pickups.

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11/26/2007 2:17 PM

Michael Laurance (4040) wrote:

I'm one of the rare few that like the old Japanese Strats, the ones with the black painted necks, like Brad Gillis used to play. I have 2 of them. I didtched the original HH setup in favor of a traditional SSS setup. I use Mexi pickups, which I went with originally because they were really cheap on e-bay. However, once I got it setup, I found that I loved the sound! The have the hum of real single coils, and the neck pickup is wonderfully milky. I've put my strats up against much more expensive ones, and most people have preferred mine. That's the great thing about strats, if you really spend some time on the bench, and get it setup perfectly, they're like nothing else. They're also the most customizable guitar out there, so your strat doesn't have to be like anyone else's!

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Re: Any fender strat players

11/28/2007 6:49 PM

Vincent Goodwin (96) wrote:

here ar my strats
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Re: Any fender strat players

11/28/2007 11:24 PM

Andrew Ells-O'Brien (563) wrote:

Warning!
Your amp switch is not hooked up!
:-)



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11/29/2007 1:57 AM

Alan Roberts (10065) wrote:

Nice!
Peace,
Alan

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11/29/2007 11:14 AM

Chris Bontrager (535) wrote:

I own three Fender Strats

My main axe that I play is a 1993 Fender American Strat with a Sunburst finish that I swapped out the pickups for Custom Shop Texas Special Pickups. It has a maple neck just like all my strats do.

My other two strat include a 2005 Fender American Vintage 57 Strat and a 1983 Fender American Strat. Both of these guitars mostly stay in their cases, but every now and then they get played.

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Re: Any fender strat players

11/29/2007 3:34 PM

Vincent Goodwin (96) wrote:

how do the texas special pick ups sound? I'm trying to decide on what to put in my 60's strat.

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Re: Any fender strat players

11/29/2007 8:44 PM

Chris Bontrager (535) wrote:

The texas custom pickups are amazing, very harsh though, which is what i love about them. I also like the american vintage pickups on my other strat are great pickups as well. It would be very hard to choose between the two. They are both unique in their own ways.