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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / 1995 Fender American Standard Strat, any info?

BluesBrazil

Brazil

Mar 3rd, 2018 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey guys! Hope is everything ok with you all!

I have a 1999 MIM Fender Strat, the guitar is good, I replaces the stock pup's with vintage noiseless, it is sounding great! Thing is, I have a friend that has a 1997 MIA Strat, and everytime I play his guitar I feel that the neck is thinner than mine, and for me it's better, it feels so much smoother for playing and bending. I felt the same way when playing with a 1988 MIA strat as well. It seemed smoother and better to play. I really like the MIM strat's that I've played, but not as much as the american ones. These MIA appears to have a better construction, don't know how to describe it, only who plays can tell, so you can understand for sure. I've found a good deal on Reverb the other day and bought a 1995 MIA strat. I didn't have it yet because it will come to Brazil, but my question is: What can you guys say about this model? Did I made a good deal? I'll sell my MIM as soon as the american arrives.

Peace

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Mar 3rd, 2018 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

MIA Standards are great guitars. I hope the one you bought off Reverb is in good shape and meets your expectations.

ps - You don't say what you paid so I can't say whether you got a good deal or not.

BluesBrazil

Brazil

Mar 3rd, 2018 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank's 5Strats, I've paid U$600 and it seems to be in a good shape

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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 3rd, 2018 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had an 88 American strat and it has the 12" neck radius. I liked how it played because of that.

BluesBrazil

Brazil

Mar 3rd, 2018 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I guess this 95 has 9,5" neck radius...same as my MIM. But even Fender saying that both are C shape, they don't have the same feel.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Mar 5th, 2018 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Email Fender with the serial number and they'll send you all the info. on it.

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GospelBilly!
Mar 5th, 2018 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer 9.5" radius fretboards on Strats. I think 12" radius fretboards feel odd on Strats for some reason. I have no problem with flatter radius fretboards on Gibsons and PRS guitars, etc.

That's an excellent price by the way.

telus1

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Mar 5th, 2018 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

9.5 ditto for me as well.

telus1

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Mar 5th, 2018 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

(This message was last edited by telus1 at 01:11 PM, Mar 6th, 2018)

Grapeshot

Vienna, VA

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Mar 12th, 2018 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

'95-'97 American Standards with maple neck fretboards had issues of the finish flaking off on the sides, that is the only real "issue" I am aware of (from experience, too).

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Mar 12th, 2018 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^My '96 Am Dlx has done this..

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Glad that's over
Jun 22nd, 2018 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a new '97 Roadhouse which was an American Standard with Texas Special pickups and different pick guards. It was my first real Strat and I think it cost $750.00. Mine was a three color burst with a tortoise shell guard. I loved it until I found out it had the swimming pool pickup route and a laminated top and back which gave the appearance of a two piece body. However because it was laminated the black edge of the sunburst covered the complete belly cut. I never noticed it until someone pointed it and compared it to an older one that didn't have the blacked out belly cut. This made me feel cheated. So, I sold it and got a three color sunburst 2001 American Series with the proper finish and pickup routing.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jun 24th, 2018 03:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

My '95 MIA Standard Strat had the "flaking issue" on the back of the neck as well.

I asked my luthier friend about it and he told me to use a 600 wet/dry paper and lightly sand the back of the neck. Issue solved and the neck feels as smooth as it originally did.

I bought it new in'97 for $500 USD.

I've owned several different Strat's over the years and this one has been my keeper.It's seen its share of reversible mods.

As far as the "bathtub route" goes a lot of the Gibson SG's have that as well. Not a hindrance to me, it just gives me the option of using different pick-up configurations without having to do any routing.

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Jun 24th, 2018 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

The "bathtub rout," "swimming pool rout," or more correctly the "universal rout," often has a bad rap. Certainly it doesn't look vintage. Not that anyone would know unless you removed the pickguard. And while I would agree it's kind of a startling look when you first see it, it basically makes no difference. Don Grosh makes all his guitars this way--feeling that it acts as a tone chamber for the guitar. My best sounding Strat has this large rout in it, and I've never played or owned a Strat that sounded even close to as good--including playing and owning Custom Shop instruments.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jul 17th, 2018 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

All I can add has been said. Make sure before you actually purchase that you check the neck finish closely. Some only flake a tiny bit and are done, others, like my 95, lose the entire fretboard covering of poly and start on the sides too. Mine got so bad as to not even look reliced, but wrecked.

I had to have a fret job anyway, so I had it reshot with new poly and cured correctly. It's a keeper now.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jul 18th, 2018 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can always email Fender customer support with the serial number and get all the speck's for it.

BluesBrazil

Brazil

Sep 8th, 2018 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

(This message was last edited by BluesBrazil at 10:25 PM, Sep 8th, 2018)

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