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Considering A Sonic Blue (Aged) – Need Your Help

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Jiffster, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Jiffster

    Jiffster Strat-Talk Member

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    I got my first strat (2017 American Professional SSS) about 1 year ago. Bought it new. I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with strats!

    I’ve been a Floyd Rose style user since about 1984. Since getting my strat, I don’t even want to touch my Floyd.


    I’ve got a pre-wired set of pickups and guard coming from Bare Knuckle Pickups and can’t wait to hear them in my new found love.


    That being said, I want another one to add to the arsenal and I want to get some advice on what to get next.


    I have been seriously considering an MJT kit build to my specs. However, I’ll have almost $1600 into that build and I know the potential downsides IF I ever did want to sell it.

    That’s not my main concern though. Honestly, I’d like to get into it for less than $1600.


    I really want a Sonic Blue lightly aged strat.


    What strats should I consider looking at (used or new) that come in Sonic Blue that would be worth swapping pickups and sending it to MJT for light aging (assuming it’s not already)?


    If it’s used and a good price, I would even consider a new bridge, pups and refret if needed if I can still get in at a lower price.


    Quality and tone are key – not price. But if I can get the guitar I want for cheaper, why not!


    A little undecided if I want a rosewood or maple board. Love maple boards but that sonic blue seems to pair real well with rosewood.
     
  2. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Fender didn't seem to use Sonic much for a long while but it's been more popular recently, the Classic Player 60s Strat came in a very nice faded Sonic, the new AV59s were made in Sonic for the first year or two.

    But the CP60s is poly finished & if you want to age it, I guess you want a nitro finish? Apart from the AV59s, there were a few of the 62RIs made around 2001, I have one. But I think they might have just been a special order for Fender UK, so I heard.

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  3. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This was the AV59 I had, I sold it because I prefer the slightly slimmer neck on the 62RI.

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  4. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    kind of like this one:
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  5. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    or this classic players:
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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  7. rze99

    rze99 Strat-Talker

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    I get it. I'm currently building one.
    MJT kit will be good value and you'll get the look you want.
    The American Vintage and Custom Shop models would be targets and you should be able to get an AVRI for that money.
    I got a body made for me and nitro sprayed by Jon Crawford AKA Rexter, in the UK
    I'm keeping the build costs down by using all used other parts - a used Fender Classic Player rosewood neck, CS69 and SD SSL-5 pickups, Wudtone hardware and Gotoh tuners. So a real mix of parts. The parts are all ready and it will cost me about £700 in total.

    Here's the body.


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  8. rze99

    rze99 Strat-Talker

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    Here's some of my reference eye candy....

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  9. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes that was one of the 1st 46. Couple more photos to drool at. and one of the surf green 60s strat
    I always thought that the boards on this one looked particularly nice.

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  10. Dare1

    Dare1 Senior Stratmaster

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    I don't have too much of a dog in this fight, but I'll add my own input. I wanted to do an MJT Esquire build, but determined that was gonna be way out of budget. So, wifey bought a $70 Pine Telecaster body off Ebay, (VERY nice quality wood, btw) and I bought a can of Sonic Blue paint from Re-ranch. Stained the body and sprayed a couple coats on it. Ordered a Musikraft neck per my specs for about $400. Then the rest of the hardware and pickup came to about $125. Turned out great and is aging well. Not exactly what you're after, I know, but just some suggestions to keep the price down.

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