Help me find my strat!

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  1. Gillean

    Gillean Well-Known Member

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    So guys, I decided what visual I want on a strat, could you help me discover which year / models have that look?

    sound wise, I`m looking in 3 single coils vintage sounding instrument.
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    my budget is 2k euros, maximum. But i`d like to spend around 1k euros. being a used instrument is definitely not an issue.

    I know nothing about strats, any suggestions?
     
  2. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    What are you looking for as far a neck shape and radius, hardware, pickups etc..?

    What are you willing to change out to make it the way you want it?

    I passed on a strat trade, because it had a 5 screw trem, and a 7.25 neck radius.
    Other than that is was pretty nice.
     
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  3. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    +1 on this reply. It looks like you want a Sonic Blue one, yes? Fender makes a model called the "Classic Player" the 50s and 60s, and I think the 60s would be what you are looking for.
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    It's made to look faded, and it looks almost white-ish. It depends on the lighting but it goes from being blue to being almost white. The series also has a lot of modern improvements, such as a 2 point Trem and a shallower fingerboard radius than a vintage style strat, such as mine.
     
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    Go for the Springy Sound man
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Uhh... damn, even I like that one....
     
  7. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Get it quick if you like it, they're currently working on switching the fingerboards to Pau Ferro. :thumb:
     
  8. Gillean

    Gillean Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea about anything related to strats. What I can answer is, I'm a ogre while playing, my left hand graps the neck as if it was made of titanium and I was trying to bend it. For that reason I cant play properly on small/thin necks.

    If I love the guitar (like my sg and lp) I'm willing to change anything to make it better, I like the upgraded work horse life style.

    looks like you just saved me, this looks absolutely perfect!!!!!

    Pau Ferro is an outstanding wood. while I lived in Brazil I was close friends with a galatic level luthier ( http://beluthier.blogspot.ro/ ), he was a big of pau ferro, and in brazil you can find ANY wood.

    thanks so much guys!! If I find these model around I'm pretty sure it will feet my needs for a stratocaster!
     
  9. gball

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    If you can find a dealer where you are take a look at G&L Legacy's.
    http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/legacy/index.asp


    G&L's are the last guitars that Leo Fender designed before his death and they have many improvements over the Fender designs. Build quality is equal to Fender Custom Shop, and they have vastly improved hardware, pickups and electronics. For not much more money than an American Professional Strat. They'll also do all sorts of custom upgrades that you can't get from Fender.
     
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    Keep with the SSS layout, but then rewire (no new parts) with the Dan Armstrong Blender Mod. Second tone pot blends from classic SSS into a thicker HSH layout with hot humbuckers (12-14kohms typical) or use only a little or a lot of humbucker. It's like having a second stealth guitar in the case with you at all times.

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  11. Raiyn

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    How exactly does one turn 3 singles into an HSH without changing hardware?
    I get that two singles more or less are noise cancelling, but there's no scenario where you're going to pull off HSH. You're missing two coils. I also don't get where you're pulling these "hot humbucker" numbers from when it comes to a SSS.
     
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    I like the the AM Elite. They are a great value and have all the features o a proper Strat, plus easy trussrod adjustment and noiseless pickups. About 1800€.
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    For a few bucks less, about 1500€ the AM Pro is also a real good value with traditional pickups and appointments. Those are two that I know are available in Eu.
    I also know there are a couple of shops in Bucharest that probably have them on the wall, to try out.
    The model I am familiar with that matches your aesthetic is the AM Special, a bargain at 900€.
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    Good 50s/60s sounds.
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    And what is wrong with pau ferro? I find the pau ferro option to increase my interest in a new Fender.. If I put five randomly selected blanks each of rosewood, pau ferro and granadillo in front of you, do you think you could tell the difference?
    If I handed you three guitars, each with one of those choices, could you feel, hear or smell the difference? (hint, the correct answer is no.) Despite all nonsense to the contrary, rosewood, granadillo, and pau ferro have the same range of colors, density and hardness.
     
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  13. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I wonder if the "hot humbucker" numbers are being derived as follows:

    Strats are traditionally wired in parallel at positions 2 and 4.
    Are positions 2 and 4 being referred to as "humbucker mode" ?

    Bridge (7k) + Middle (7k) = 3.5k (when in parallel)
    Neck (7k) + Middle (7k) = 3.5k (when in parallel)
    Bridge (7k) + Middle (7k) = 14k (when in series)
    Neck (7k) + Middle (7k) = 14k (when in series)

    But I agree...
    SSS -> HSH without changing hardware does not compute.
     
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    Nothing against Pau Ferro. I've never used a guitar with it as the fingerboard, but I wouldn't be opposed to it. I just like the way Rosewood looks on the specs when trying to get a vintage correct model, which they are getting rid of on the classic series. I can be a cork sniffer sometimes, but let's not talk about the Hipshots again... :facepalm:
     
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    Yeah, I get that. To be clear, it'd be neck and bridge (series / parallel) combos on the switch and the middle on it's own volume (blend) pot.

    The numbers could be looked at that way, but it's never going to give to give you HSH from SSS.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Yep.
    And the only way to turn a plastic fork into metal is to break the middle prongs off as you've demonstrated in the past.
     
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    :D
    You don't always have to break 'em.
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    Gene Simmons tried to patent the horns.......Dio's wife basically laughed at him.
     
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    That can be cured when caught early.
     
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    Mick's strat (that picture up there) is my holy grail strat. Man is that thing fucking awesome!
     

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