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

  1. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Same here.

    I even bought a Am Special and sold it after I realized how much I disliked the big headstock.
     
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  2. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

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    Same actually. Never was a fan of it.

    I remember seeing it before knowing who enjoyed it or played it and thinking “yeah not for me” and I’ve stuck with that
     
  3. Doug B

    Doug B Strat-Talker

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    Double Ditto. In the 70's I went so far as to use a Tele neck on a Strat just to have a smaller headstock. :thumb:
     
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  4. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

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    Pricing the Mustang the same as the Strat just seems wrong. Particularly since they simplified the Mustang's switching.
     
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  5. chicago slim

    chicago slim Strat-O-Master

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    I'm not a fan of the big headstock, either. But I'll let you in on a secret, you can't see the headstock or the script, when you are playing.
     
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  6. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    For the love of all things Leo.......................... it's there and it's taunting me!

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  7. esseff

    esseff Strat-O-Master

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    Same, same, same, and I hate double string trees (even hate single string trees - staggered tuners plz).

    Considering the Tele but no way the Strat.
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  8. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I just got one for my son. An American Special. It wasn’t a blow out, but it ended up being about $150 dollars less. But it had the finish he wanted, and it’s a brand new guitar.

    Next year I’m going to get one of the Performers I like the penny finish and the blue metallic. But I’ll get it from GC when they have a 15 or 20% coupon. And they will give 10% any day of the week. I’ll just wait.
     
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  9. ChatNoir

    ChatNoir Senior Stratmaster

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  10. SlyStrat

    SlyStrat Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I love the 70's headstock!
     
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  11. gwjensen

    gwjensen Senior Stratmaster

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    Jumbo frets are too big and the modern C is too small... No GAS here...
     
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  12. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    One of the greatest Twilight Zone episodes.
     
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  13. SlyStrat

    SlyStrat Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Can that satin finish be polished to gloss?
     
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  14. SlyStrat

    SlyStrat Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Can that satin finish be polished to gloss?
    WTF happened??? I can't delete this?
     
  15. Green Sub

    Green Sub Strat-Talker

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    I am going to miss the two tone sunburst American Special with rosewood fingerboard. It was an affordable, American made Strat with an iconic 1970 look.
     
  16. Gilmourfan75

    Gilmourfan75 Senior Stratmaster

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    I like the sea foam hss strat, and the sea foam hs tele. Curious about the pickups though .... guess we’ll have to wait for some reviews from players. I didn’t care for Texas specials , wondering if these are going to be hot also.
     
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  17. SlyStrat

    SlyStrat Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Never would pickups stop me from buying a guitar. They are easy to change.
    My Fiesta Red and Black Am Spl were HSS. I swapped the pickguards out.
    I wanted those colors with maple necks.
    I prefer different pickups than TS. My Olympic White Strat is getting CS 54's and the TS are up for sale.
     
  18. John C

    John C Senior Stratmaster

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    Wandered into the local GC this afternoon; they have the sea foam HSS and the penny SSS Strats. The sea foam is very sharp; the satin finish looks deep and rich, not like some satin finishes on less expensive models.

    They were supposed to also have the HS Tele in vintage white but I didn't see it on the wall. They were on the top row, and I didn't have a lot of time so I didn't have them pull one down for me. This GC tends to keep all the USA guitars and high-end MIJ guitars on the top row, MIM Fenders, better Epiphones and mid-level Ibanez on the middle row, and only the lower-end stuff down within reach.
     
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  19. Count Glockula®

    Count Glockula® Strat-O-Master

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    American Standard is replaced by the Am Professional. Now the American Special is replaced by this. I do like the Honey burst...but it doesn't come in HSS.
     
  20. Bighump

    Bighump Strat-Talker

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    I really like the American Professional line as they play fantastically. With that said I really don't like these that much, more money than the Am Special and not a whole lot more TBH. When I'm ready to buy my American Strat I'll either get a used Americal Standard or a professional and just skip this price point.
     
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