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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Less is Often More with Your No 1 Strat (2006 Anniversary Mexi-Strat)



Mar 29th, 2018 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I purchased two Strats in 2006; the American and Mexi Standard 60th Anniversary model a few months apart. Over the years, I have always preferred playing the Mexi that came with a chunky tinted maple neck (better fit in my hands) over the American and while a regular standard, it also came with the Bizzard Pearl finish and Tex-Mex pups.

These anniversary necks were nicely done, chunky, and with some nice premium woods in many cases (mine) with some flame on the fingerboard and on the back of the neck. Only change I did 2 years in (10 years ago) was change out the pups to a set of Texas Specials (love them in this guitar).

Was playing it a few months ago under some bright lights and saw some of the finger-wear marks starting to come out on the neck. Leo Fender did not like this, and went to the rosewood, but nothing gives a maple more character, or shows more love, than the sweat of your hands.

The missing component, to my eyes, were the standard tuning pegs that had never been changed out. I finally bought a set of vintage Fender "box" tuners with the scalloped pegs and she looks like a vintage model now to my eyes.

Leo got it right the first time IMHO.

Modal Magic

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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 29th, 2018 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a purchased-as-new back in '06 MIM 60th Anniversary Strat. Love the colour, the neck etc. but it doesn't get played often because I'm not a big fan of Tex Mex pups. I've toyed with fitting different pups but will keep it original because of the anniversary status. Maybe one day I'll do a tone control to bridge pup mod because the bridge pup is my biggest gripe. As with my experience with CS '69s, adding the tone control to the bridge pup really opened up the entire set to me because it seemed to improve each pup in relation to each other and provides an overall better tonal balance.

Anyway, as much as I don't play the 'ole 60th much I'll never get rid of it.

Always wanted the American Series 60th too but could never justify it.

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Mar 30th, 2018 03:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Those were nice guitars. To me the biggest knock on the MIA Standards were the necks and nut width. I much prefer the vintage string spacing . I cant stand the Modern C MIA neck.



Mar 30th, 2018 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Modal; my American 60th is lean and mean sounding machine, with the reverse wound 57/62 pups, and I keep that one clean and don't play it out. But the Mexi is my main working guitar and the Tex-Mex pups did not do it for me but I love the neck. I get compliments on it all the time between the Blizzard Pearl finish (which changes cooler under different lights) and the tinted neck.....I actually don't like all of the gloss on many of the newer Mexi's and those from the early 2000's and the Anniversary model came with the "satin" neck finish...The neck feels like butter.

Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Apr 1st, 2018 11:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Undoubtedly a nice neck and Blizzard pearl is an awesome colour (another reason why I want to keep it). I swear the neck tint has gotten darker over the time it's being in my collection. This thread has inspired me to drag it out and play it.

If I ever stumbled across a 60th MIA AmSers I'd probably jump on it, if it was in good condition at a reasonable price (this happened to me with a 2004 50th anniversary AmSers, the 2TSB with CS '54 pups and 50th neck plate , perfect condition, awesome price, forever thankful the opportunity came my way). I still have a 2006 Frontline catalogue that I drool over when I look at the Anniversary releases.

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