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THE best year for strats?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by ArlenBucy, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. ArlenBucy

    ArlenBucy Senior Stratmaster

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    What do you think would be THE best year strat? 54, 57, 62..........
     
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  3. ArlenBucy

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    I forgot to say to give reasons why. So please do.
     
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    I'd have to go with '62 since I prefer the rosewood board etc.
     
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    haha i have the same reason lol
     
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    The first one.
     
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    Personally I would go with the current stock.

    I had a 62 rosewood Strat back in the 60's and my modern Strats are better made and, to be honest, sound better. Yes, I would like the old Strat because of the value, but not all old stuff is necessarily good
     
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    i would want a 57 hardtail , i love hartails and maple necks
     
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    I like the 60 and prefer it over the 62. But I also think Fender is building excellent Strats right now.

    I have had the opportunity to own and play several Strats from the 60's. Same situation now as existed then. They are not ALL perfect. You still need to pick a winner be it 1962 or 2009.

    I hear many debates on old wood, original pick-ups etc etc. The Strats from the 60's that were/are great electrics were also great then. They didn't age for 40 years and then become great guitars.

    Electronics could be and are manufactured to the exact specs with the exact materials. I believe the idea that Strats were so much better then than now is false.

    I think the level of craftsmanship is comparable. And also believe that value/bargain instruments are much better today than the 60's.

    All in all I believe its a great time to be playing electric guitar. There is so much offered today that wasn't in existance 40 years ago. The opportunity to build an EXACT replica of a 60, 62, 54, is here. And it could be done for a very good price.

    But.............I have a 08 Amer Deluxe that I wouldn't change anything on, and that includes the Trem. I just wouldn't want to change anything about its Tone. So even the idea that Rolled Steel large Trem blocks being better than those used today is somewhat deceptive..................Even though there are several aftermarket companys where I could purchase a Vintage style/toned trem, I won't due to not wanting to change the Strats Tone ONE BIT.

    I guess you just have to be gratefull for what you have instead of thinking the Grass is always greener on the other side?
     
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    97 American Deluxe Why Because i own it, and it is perfect in every way..Op,s i dident realise i only had three options sorry.. No comment because i have never played any of those year/make guitars..
     
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    i would never pay vintage price 4 a guitar i guess thats why im a player and not collector
     
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    Sorry man i didn't mean those were the only options I just listed a few random years and thats what I thought of first.
     
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    Late 80s and early 90s are my favorites.
     
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    I think I have to go with 54 since it started it all.
     
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    57, 62, and 2008.
     
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    I like the 57 body shape. I like soft "v" or "v" necks and any headstock pre-'66'. :)
     
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    62 simply because I think that the 62 reissue sounds so darn good lol
     
  20. Strat-Man-Do

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    Heres another thought when thinking about Best Years for Fenders.

    Through history the United States during times of War places a Strangle=Hold on all manufacturing and Materials. The better Steel Gold, etc etc, go's to government defense. Just like in 43-44-45 with the US Penny no longer made of Copper. The copper was needed for the War.

    IMO good years too, are any in which the US was not in a major conflict.

    Just to clarify about above. I mentioned I prefer the 60 Strat over the 62. I like the Fatter neck on the 62 and they are my favorite Strat pick-ups. Thats not to say the 62 is not a all-time favorite Strat
     
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    BTW my fav necks in genral are the 60 Slab Board with rear Truss Rod adjustment.
     

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