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ScottB

USA

Get a job Clown.
Nov 18th, 2017 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

My latest Stratocaster addition is my new favorite. It's another partscaster.
The body is a Fender MIJ '62 Vintage Reissue in Sonic Blue (looks more like Daphne Blue). The neck is a new Fender MIM 22 fret that I bought from Amazon. The hardware is a Callaham bridge w/ mid-length push-in arm, Fender locking tuners and the stock jackplate. The electronics are a 5-way CRL switch, CTS pots, Orange Drop cap, Switchcraft output jack and cloth wire. The pickups are D. Allen Tru '62 - Alnico 5 with modern stagger.

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kimba79

United States

starzana
Nov 22nd, 2017 05:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've only owned two Strats my first was a natural body 1979 Maple neck Strat and I hated it. The second one that I own presently is the Eric Johnson Strat and it plays and sounds like butter. I will only own American made guitars in general. Nothing Korean, Japanese and definitely no Mexican

(This message was last edited by kimba79 at 07:29 AM, Nov 22nd, 2017)

Indiana Mike
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Nov 26th, 2017 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I may have posted in this thread already =)
The best Strat I've owned is a parts-o-caster that I put together with components purchased online.

CS '69 neck with 9.5 radius and big frets.
Mexican deluxe body SB, light and grainy.
CS '69 pickups, switches and pots.

Plays great, to my ears it has a warm, woody tone.

Not my favorite to play though, that would be a CS '66 LE. It came with a heavily checked Ice Blue Metallic body. I swapped that for a newish AS Charcoal Frost with vintage style two point bridge. A little too twangy compared to the first one I mentioned but to my eye it looks so good! It has the modern FB radius and frets too.

Skydog6653

Usa

Nov 27th, 2017 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

My current MIM and a previous AVRI '57.

57hbcrs/57ri

USA NY

Dec 23rd, 2017 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine might be a 57 RI in lake placid blue made in 1988, it just had that strat sound. Wish I still had it....

Beatlefreek

Canada

Living is easy with eyes closed
Mar 9th, 2018 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

A 1995 MIM "Black Label" (non-Squire Series).

ezra1

usa

ezra1
Mar 12th, 2018 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a Player Grade 59 strat.
And a AV 65.
Many others but these 2 stand out.

hotsauce

USA

Mar 13th, 2018 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

1998 Big Apple, hardtail, rosewood, Teal Green Metallic. Had Lace Hot Golds in it for a long time but now the SD humbuckers are back in it and it sings. I have newer ones but the neck on that 98 is my fave.

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Mar 22nd, 2018 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Since my last post in this thread, 11/26, I swapped the necks of the two Strats I mentioned. Maple fretboard CS '66 neck now on the Mexico DeLuxe body and vice versa. Eh...I'm going to switch them back when the strings get crusty enough. no significant difference other than the string height. With no adjustment the strings are too low on one and too high on the other.

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Mar 23rd, 2018 03:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is my CS 59 Journeyman Relic in Daphne Blue. Nothing I played sounds that stratty and it is so comfortable to play.

(This message was last edited by budg at 05:56 AM, Mar 23rd, 2018)

VanGoghsEar

USA

Mar 23rd, 2018 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've only ever had three. Me and Strats just never got along. I would try them out and just not like the feel or the sound or both.

My first one was an Ebay find. $19 plus $40 for shipping, no name, horrible feel. Sold it immediately.

Next was an Aztec Gold Affinity. Now that was a different story, loved the way it felt and I was okay with the sound, so I bought it. Put in a Dragonfire loaded pickup with Vintage pups. I still have it. Not bad at all.

But my favorite is my MIM Deluxe Player's Strat. I love the neck, love the Strat-like tones without the 60 cycle hum, and I just think the guitar is gorgeous. tobacco sunburst finish, gold hardware, brown shell pickguard. It's my style completely. Right down to the slightly muted tones of the Vintage noiseless pickups.

langford
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Toronto, Canada

Mar 23rd, 2018 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Best strat I've owned? The one that I sold... *sigh* The grass isn't always greener.

Viera
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Santee CA

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Mar 24th, 2018 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ Ouch!

langford
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Toronto, Canada

Mar 24th, 2018 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's OK, Viera. I'm more of a Tele guy in the big picture and the Strat was only a garden-variety MIM. Still, it was a nice guitar, one made all the better with a couple of mods, like Bill Lawrence pickups.

Acidhouse

Birmingham

Jun 18th, 2018 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

‘05 Deluxe Vintage Player ‘62. It’s a cool hybrid of an AVRI and a Deluxe.

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VA

Jun 19th, 2018 05:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I posted to this thread a year ago and the specs on this one can be found on the previous page. A couple months ago I painted it

blue.

ezra1

usa

ezra1
Jun 19th, 2018 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

1959 Hard Tail.Player grade but killer guitar.
Next closest is a 65 AVRI.

ezra1

usa

ezra1
Jun 19th, 2018 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

(This message was last edited by ezra1 at 09:40 PM, Jun 19th, 2018)

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Jun 21st, 2018 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had posted earlier that my Agile Strat copy was my best and I use it sometimes for gigging. But I finished some of the upgrades on my SX Strat copy and I have to admit that thing sounds pretty dang good. I have been using it at rehearsal. My set up there is into a Zoom G2 into my Traynor Blue. Maybe it's just the amp but I can get just about any sound I want. I use every pickup position and it sounds great. I have had several different sets of pups in it and put the originals back in. It has an amazing amount of sustain for a cheap guitar. The neck is a little chunky but not too much. It's green with a maple neck and fretboard.

Leftee
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VA

Jun 21st, 2018 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I wish I would have bought one of those Agile Strats when they offered them. I did buy the Tele version and it is an exceptional player.

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