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Clear Custom Shop strat, played at the grammys

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Fenderdad1950, Feb 12, 2019 at 9:03 AM.

  1. Fenderdad1950

    Fenderdad1950 Strat-Talk Member

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    During a night this year at the Grammys, of way too much music that I can't appreciate; was a guitar type that I remember Skunk Baxter playing. The artist H.E.R, which I am not familiar with; played a clear strat. I must say in her defense, no pun intended , it was nice to hear somebody to play strummed chords in this age of pentatonic shredding. So many of us are caught up in our gain induced music journey (mine to thicken the stratocaster's factory thin sound) that we forget the strat is very capable to belay even a troubador's crystal clean rhythm guitar accompaniment. Back to the clear guitar that she played. Who else played a clear strat besides Baxter. g9ite3hvg3aklep3ghc1.jpg
     
  2. Wayne D.

    Wayne D. Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 28, 2009
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys had Fender make him a prototype back in 1972 that he used for awhile on tour. It was up for sale awhile back for $30k.
    http://guitarz.blogspot.com/2012/08/1972-fender-lucite-bodied-prototype.html a2856.jpg

    Most the strats you see being used have maple or rosewood necks. I have one in my collection that has gold hardware and is ALL lucite acrylic, even the neck! I will put up a few pictures of it later.
     
  3. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
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  4. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    Noodle around the "groovey" scott grove youtube channel and he will show off a couple, and talk about others, here's one.

     
  5. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Strat-Talker

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    Yes they do. Gruhn had one and the weight took me by surprise.
     
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  6. Wayne D.

    Wayne D. Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 28, 2009
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Here's mine with all gold hardware and acrylic everything else. Even the strings are gold plated. :) I still have to add the gold string tree I have.

    And you are correct it would make a good ship anchor. It weighs in at 11 pounds.
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  7. CephasG

    CephasG Strat-O-Master

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    Dec 13, 2017
    Land of Lincoln
    So, tone is NOT in the wood!? What the !@#$%
    Maple neck though. Wonder what it would sound like with rosewood. :D :D :D
     
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  8. Johnny Danger

    Johnny Danger Strat-O-Master

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    You see, it's unfinished so the plastic can "breathe" properly. If it were covered in poly? Fughedaboudit
     
  9. Johnny Danger

    Johnny Danger Strat-O-Master

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    By the way, I had to look it up. That was a GREAT performance. She was also up for best new artist.
     
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  10. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    not acrylic guitar related but here is H.E.R.'s tiny desk from last year...


     
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  11. Boognish

    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 31, 2011
    Austin
    That is a cool looking guitar!!! For me, it wouldn't be an everyday player but it would be something I could definitely show off in my gear collection! Thanks for posting!
     
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  12. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 2, 2012
    Northwest US
    That's cool, but I like Kirk Hammett's wavecaster

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  13. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
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    I think that's where some basic misconceptions begin, especially in regards to arguments involving "tonewoods"...

    The "type" of materials used in the body and neck of a guitar may "help" in defining what it sounds like, but something other than wood isn't necessarily "good" or "bad" (with "only" wood being able to sound "good").

    It's ultimately "how" the strings vibrate that determines the guitar's tonal qualities, and if plexiglass works, then it works!.

    People apparently have made guitars out of concrete and - at least on my computer speakers - they sound decent (although I'd like to try one in person to hear it for myself):



    I couldn't help but notice that most of the non-wooden bodied guitars still had wooden necks though.

    Anyway, it would seem that all sorts of materials can yield acceptable results. So does this negate the "tonewood" debate? I won't venture to guess on that controversial topic here, but I still believe that the strings do interact to whatever mass they are attached to (which I call the "Coupling Effect"), and is something I wrote about in a thread I've posted in the past.

    (*While my article was initially based around guitars with wooden bodies and necks, I was actually more interested in describing the "phenomenon" - and would like to emphasize that other materials would no doubt experience the same phenomenon):

    http://www.strat-talk.com/threads/the-coupling-effect-rev-2.501518/





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  14. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    I played one about a thousand years ago (around 1975), all I remember was the weight, heavier than a Les Paul of the time.
     
  16. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
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  17. Wayne D.

    Wayne D. Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 28, 2009
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Thank you guys for all the LIKES! :) I've had that strat awhile now. I remember I had a hard time trying to find the neck for it. Fender made just a few and gave up. There was something they had a problem with making it. I think it was the headstock kept on cracking on them.
     
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  18. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2014
    Arizona
    Hey, Wayne! I bet it wouldn't be as heavy if it didn't have gold plated hardware. :whistling:
     
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