I have two acoustic guitars that i have modified... slimmed down the neck of a classical and put flatwounds on it and an old beat up Silvertone Archtop, that was beat up enough for me to be able to justify, a face mounting of a humbucker. I split the humbucker and wired it to a blend pot. mounted the controls in the F-holes, so as not to de-face the guitar. I had a VERY stock 71' Tele, which i loved! it disappeared? i like the strat better anyway because i can get any sound i really want out of it. the Tele felt great and sounded awesome, but it was a bit more limited? but, i miss it... i guess more for collector's/history reasons...
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: some random
Beat up Hi-way one with nitro finsish. only mods are a lil' 59' humbucker in bridge position and a blend neck and bridge tone control.
Amps: Vox VT+40 and a self made solid state 10 watt buzzard attatched to a sony home speaker the i have inserted an 8" weber inside of the box sideways. looks stock, but there is a 10" face sub and the hidden 8"... sound is huge and gets harmonic on some crazy levels :)
Effects(in order): EBJR Volume pedal, old BBE Main Squeeze, Fulldrive 2 (non-mosfet), Visual Sound H20 Chorus/Echo and T-Rex Tonebug Reverb.
I choose this Stratocaster because it's a classic American guitar that plays and sounds great. I liked the Mexican made models also but wanted the authenticity. That stated, most of the reviews I read significantly favored the American made Fenders in regards to overall quality. I love the idea that a guitar can largely unchanged for fifty years. By definition thats a classic. I also own an Ovation acoustic and Rickenbacker bass.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $1099.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Make in the USA. It is a special 60th anniversary addition with sunburst alder body, vintage pickups, 22 medium/larger frets.
Great action. I have owed many guitars and this one handles extremely well.
100% Stratocaster sound. I practice on a Peavey Transtube 212 EFX amp. This combo allows me to create both warm and cool sounds - tons of versatility.
A brand new guitar but it feels solid so far.
Love the versatility of the Strat, I may replace the bridge pu with a Hotrails so I can switch from single coil to humbucker, etc. Overall, a beautiful guitar, plays beautifully too I just wish Fender would make a good pick up.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mid-Michigan Music
3 color sunburst, rosewood fretboard (which I love) the typical Strat bells and whistles
Very well built guitar, Fender really put some thought into the new neck design, it makes me a better player.
Playing through a Marshall JCM 2000,DSL 401, the stock pick-ups were crap, replaced them with Lindy Fralin blues specials-HUGE improvement. I'll rate the sound less than I normally would because of the stockpu's.
I wasn't really planning on buying a new guitar at all. I was basically very happy with my Carvin. I was at Guitar Center and I saw this guitar sitting there, and it just looked like a bad a-- guitar. I went over it with a fine toothed comb looking for flaws and didn't find any. I plugged it in and from the first note I had to have it. Everybody is different, and looks for different things in a guitar. This guitar just felt like it was made for me. I can't put it down. If it were stolen I would track down the theif and beat him senseless. I highly recommend to all strat lovers to try out the new model.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
American made Stat. Comes with option of alder or ash body (non-veneered), maple or rosewood fingerboard, medium jumbo frets. Classic Strat contours, custom staggered pups, mine is rosewood fingerboard, three tone sunburst finish. It came with a hardshell case, strap, tools, cable.
I'm a straight forward player, so tons of electronics aren't necessary for my style. All the switches and nobs are very quiet and smooth. Basic 3 single coil pups, 5 way pup selector, volume and 2 tones. I also have a Carvin DC400T as a backup guitar which I always thought had excellent tone...that is until I started playing this strat. Flawless finish. Set up with light strings from factory, but the tone is much better with some heavier strings, I like .11's. Great action and more sustain than any other strat that I've played.
I usually play through a Fulltone FD2, a custom modded crybaby (courtesy of torres engineering), an old univibe, and an amp, preferably tube, but my old Crate solid state amp sounds darn good too. It has the typical noisy positions that any strat with SC's has. Can go from cheesey country twang to deep Hendrix blues using only the onboard controls.