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Considering a couple of Strats

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Lonn, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Both of these are near me at $600. Seems a no brainer to me (in favor of the American Deluxe) but the new one sure is pretty. First is a well used 2012 American Deluxe Mahogany Strat with a black headstock. HSS with Tex Mex and Diamondback pickups. Also comes with a case.


    Second is a brand new 2018 MIM Player Series that's been upgraded with 57-62 pickups and Kluson tuners. The original stuff comes with it. Admittedly I have a hard time paying almost full price for a used guitar even with the upgrades, which I actually do consider upgrades.

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  2. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    If it were me, I would take 600 bucks and buy an assortment of Epi LP studios, SG specials and LP Jr.s. But that's me.
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  3. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah, no. I passed on a really clean bolt on Epi SG with a fitted hard case yesterday for $90. Just didn't feel it. I've got $1000 to spend but trying to not spend all of it. I could build a killer partscaster for $6-700 as well.
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  4. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 25, 2011
    That creamy color on a Strat is irresistible to me... Goes so well with a maple fretboard. Plus she must be a real player. I'm not particularly a fan of 22 frets and narrow spacing on strats, but in this case I could easily live with those things.
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  5. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014

    I don't get along with HSS Strats. So the SSS would be a better match, or plan on swapping loaded pickguards. I mod SSS with the Armstrong Blender which works best for me, blends into HSH but also keeps classic singles.

  6. Tim S

    Tim S Strat-Talker

    Dec 31, 2015
    For me, the mahogany body is enough of an odd duck to make it desirable to me.
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  7. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    I seriously don't think it matters that much, because you're gonna flip it anyway (no offense intended, just probably true), so get the one that you can make the most on, which surely, is the American Deluxe.
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  8. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 7, 2009
    austin texas
    I own the same yellow Player series Strat and I love it as much as my American guitars...seriously.You know the one I'd pick.
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  9. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    I really like that yellow(?) one also.
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  10. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 3, 2016
    Elk Plain, Wa.
    Well if it was me and I had $1000 to spend, I would dip into my stashed money and buy both.
    It wouldn't be the first time and it certainly won't be the last time.
    I like them both!
  11. Bcorig

    Bcorig Strat-Talker

    Feb 17, 2018
    Chino Hills CA
  12. Bowmap

    Bowmap I Nose A Thang or Two Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    GSX2-7sm.jpg I know you like these.
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  13. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I do.
  14. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I would go with the mahogany body, if you don't already have one.

    That's just how I usually judge a new purchase.
  15. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 Strat-Talker

    Mar 22, 2018
    American Deluxe gets my vote:thumb:
  16. enchantpth44

    enchantpth44 Strat-Talker

    Jun 29, 2018
  17. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Strat-O-Master

    Feb 6, 2016
    Me too... not quite as but almost ;)
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  18. Mankonis

    Mankonis Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 8, 2018
    I have that buttercream player. It’s a great, good looking guitar, but overall quality must be better on American Deluxe of course. Take attention to the fret finish and neck pocket.
  19. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Strat-Talker

    Nov 5, 2018
    United Kingdom
    What I'd do if I couldn't decide between guitars is go for the one that's most different from what I'd already got. If it helps, I'd go for the mahogany one. :)
  20. Achyskic

    Achyskic Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 19, 2013
    I would pass on both $600 will get you something better for a $1000 you can get something really nice