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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Doug B, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Ditchgator

    Ditchgator Strat-Talker

    Age:
    64
    371
    Nov 18, 2015
    Los Alamos, New Mexico
    Want the Jazzmaster, Macawber Tele and the hss Strat.:cool::thumb:
     
  2. chicago slim

    chicago slim Strat-O-Master

    519
    Aug 23, 2010
    Bowling Green, KY
    I have an American Special, that is one of my favorite guitars. I also have a PRS with a satin finish. I just don't think that I'm ready for a satin finish, that's on a painted body. I would rather have a gloss finish, or a satin finish on a stained body.
     
  3. John C

    John C Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 17, 2012
    Kansas City
    It's kind of "back to the future" since Fender had a satin/matte finish on the Highway 1s - the predecessor to the American Specials.

    I'll try the Strat and Tele of course, but the stripped-down Jazzmaster and the Mustang have my attention at the moment.
     
  4. wayoutjohn

    wayoutjohn Strat-Talker

    Age:
    58
    227
    Mar 27, 2018
    NJ
    Satin Sonic Blue Tele has my vote. Yum! Waiting for the used ones to start showing up
     
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  5. CephasG

    CephasG Strat-O-Master

    700
    Dec 13, 2017
    Land of Lincoln
    Major GAS for me today. That vintage white tele is so sweet!
     
  6. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    25
    312
    Feb 9, 2017
    California
    Not a fan of the headstock logo. :/
     
  7. enchantpth44

    enchantpth44 Strat-Talker

    412
    Jun 29, 2018
    Canada
  8. Achyskic

    Achyskic Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 19, 2013
    Ohio
  9. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Strat-Talker

    159
    Nov 2, 2012
    USA
    The Satin Sonic Blue Mustang has my interest
     
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  10. Achyskic

    Achyskic Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 19, 2013
    Ohio
  11. Achyskic

    Achyskic Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 19, 2013
    Ohio
  12. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 30, 2014
    WI
    Modern C neck on all of these is a fail, as is the Strat trem on the Jazzmaster.
     
  13. Achyskic

    Achyskic Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 19, 2013
    Ohio
    The good thing about these is that the American Specials will be blown out for around $600 now
     
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  14. CephasG

    CephasG Strat-O-Master

    700
    Dec 13, 2017
    Land of Lincoln
    Yep, I am biased to the spaghetti logo. This one not so much but not to the point where it would be a deal breaker.
     
  15. Genardo101

    Genardo101 Strat-Talk Member

    17
    May 14, 2011
    LA
    The American Performer Stratocasters have some of the hottest pickups ever put into an American Strat.

    • Neck pickup: Yosemite Strat single-coil (Alnico 4, 7.8K)
    • Middle pickup: Yosemite Strat RWRP single-coil (Alnico 4, 8.5K)
    • Bridge pickup: Yosemite Strat single-coil (Alnico 2, 8.9K)
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...tocaster-honeyburst-with-rosewood-fingerboard

    I would not recommend this guitar for anyone who plays clean or needs dynamic range.

    In fact, I don't see how these pickups can be wound with such high output without sacrificing tone.
     
  16. Genardo101

    Genardo101 Strat-Talk Member

    17
    May 14, 2011
    LA
    Just as a comparison, this is readings for CS69, which many on this forum consider to be one of Fender's finest pickup sets:

    N. 5.8k
    M. 5.8k
    B. 5.8k


    https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/acces...9-strat-pickups/product-0992114.html?rl=en_US

     
  17. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    25
    312
    Feb 9, 2017
    California
    Yeah I agree. If I loved the rest of the guitar then it would be fine.

    I’m partial to the spaghetti logo or the (now retired) MIM Standard logo.

    The silver fill logo just looks cheap to me idk why
     
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  18. John C

    John C Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 17, 2012
    Kansas City
    I wonder if the nut width is really 1.65 or if it's a typo on the pages for the 2 Teles. It's unusual for Fender to have 2 different nut widths across the same series.

    All of them have these new "modern/vintage" tuners with the split posts, modern ratio, screw down bushings and evidently pin mounting since they don't have mounting screws on the back.
     
  19. RL21980

    RL21980 Strat-Talk Member

    37
    Jun 10, 2014
    San Jose, Ca
    I try not to be one dimensional or too much of an aesthetics whore, but I can't do 70's style fat headstock strats. Insert the "your a hypocrite / It was good enough for Jimi!!" reply here... Happy Tuesday!