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  1. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don't ordinarily do NGD threads but I figured this one might be of interest. I just picked up a 2005 Stratosonic. I had been watching this one for a couple of months and it was recently relisted at a lower price. I made an offer a little lower than listed and after a bit of back and forth we struck a deal.

    These often come with P-90s but I was really interested in the humbucker model. I also really liked the color (butterscotch yellow). Here are the specs I found online:
    • Chambered Honduran Mahogany Body
    • Maple Neck (Modern C-Shape)
    • 24 3/4-inch Scale Length
    • Rosewood Fretboard With 22 MJ Frets
    • Dual DE-9000 Black Dove Humbuckers
    • Master Volume & Tone Controls
    • 3-Way Pickup Switching
    • Fender Tech-Tonic Bridge
    • 6-Saddle Locking Bridge (Low Profile)
    • Fender/Schaller Straplocks
    • Fender/Schaller Deluxe Tuners
    • Chrome Hardware
    • Five Tone Chambers
    Not shown here is a volume push pot which splits the pickups.

    I've only got a few hours on it so I'll reserve any real critique of the guitar until I've live with it for a while but thus far it's extremely comfortable to play and sounds very nice. I was most curious if I'd get on with the pickups and so far I do. They do cleans very well and seem to dirty up nicely. When split you get some volume drop but not too bad and while no one will confuse the split coils for true singles, it does a convincing enough job for my purposes. The chambered body is most prominent when playing unplugged and resonates similar to a semi-hollow guitar. I'll have to see how that translates when plugged in. I'll be taking it to band practice tomorrow and will have a better opinion but as of now I don't envision not loving this guitar.

    Here are a few gripes which are more against the seller's lack of description than the guitar itself. The first thing that jumps out are the ultra sharp fret ends. I'm not sure if that's due to fret sprout or if the guitar left the factory that way but those will definitely need a filing. Not a huge deal. Second was the neck pickup. The two pickup height screws weren't threaded into the pickup so one side is just flopping about. Again, an easy fix but WTF??? Who ships a guitar like that. Lastly, the toggle is a little sticky and I've since ordered a replacement for $16.

    Here are some pics:

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  2. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Here's also a tune I did with it about 10 minutes after unpacking it. This is cleanish tone with the bridge humbucker (not split).

     
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    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Looks and sounds Great! Excellent job on the Yes tune !
     
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    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

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    Congratulations & HNGD !!! It looks great & sounds great too. I did see it the other day, but figured it was another one of the many you have to choose from LOL ( though not like dogletnoir ) !

    Enjoy, & we all look forward to hearing more from her.

    Ciao,

    Rastus
     
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  5. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Cheers guys. No one has the collection doglet has! :p
     
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    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    beautiful guitar Mouse

    One of the few I've secretly gassed over

    great playing too
     
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  7. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks Albala. Apart from the hiccups with the frets, pickup and switch, it's very clean with no real dings that I can see. I don't think the pics show it well but it's got a transparent finish so a good amount of grain shows through on the body.
     
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    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aww, man, congrats. I am all jelly.

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    nungesser Prolix!Prolix Nothing a pair of scissors can't fix Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Rad guitar that's a real looker! congratulations!
    awesome bit of playing on the YES tune
     
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    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wow that is a tough song to play well done.....Its chambered but solid right?I did not know that stratosonics were solid body....I thought they had F type holes.....
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks Nun and Percy. Yes, visually it looks like any other Strat body but I can hear the chambers when I knock around the body. I can definitely hear it when played unplugged. It's got a vaguely hollow sound. Almost in resonator territory but not quite. It's a unique sound for me. Plugged in it seems to get a good rounded distortion and sounds good clean. Tomorrow at practice through my rig and a real amp will be the real test.

    I don't think this particular model came with F holes but I can't say for sure. I know they did a Tele version too (Telesonic?)
     
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    Vindibona1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's a cool axe, Mouse. I've thought about doing a two humbucker PG. But for whatever reason I'm starting to get gas for a twin humbucker Tele.
     
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    Congrats, man! I have never heard of this line of strats before. She handled the Yes tune no problem but I'm looking forward to hear her howl ;)
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks Vindi and Sam. Check out the hole. I put a heavier tune up. So far I'm liking it but these are still all modelers. I can't wait to play through an amp at good volume. :)
     
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    Congrats Mouse. Looks great and sounds great too. It has a very cool vibe to it, glad to hear you like it.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Cool guitar. I remember when those came out, kinda like Gibson/Fender hybrid. I cant remember if they were MIA, MIM, or MIJ.

    HNGD!:thumb:
     
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    Mouse The Knees of Rock Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks @mshivy and @Ebidis

    They were MIA and I think you're right that they were Fender attempting to move into Gibson territory. It's a shame they never caught on as they seem like very nice guitars.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I thought it was a great concept, but I've never seen one in person.
     
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    I know nothing about it but it sure is good-looking love the color
     
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    That is a cool guitar Mouse. I liked it the first time I heard it. Now with the Yes cover I like it even more. Very good work on this Yes song! One of my favorites from Fragile. Very nice guitar work. Congrats!
     
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