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    Mostly a Strat so I’ll put it here

    So you removed wood from the body, not the neck? Is there an advantage to one approach vs the other? I've always dug the tele neck on a Strat thing since seeing Ian Moore do it in the 90s (long before I started playing electric). Now that I do I may have to try this myself!
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    I didn't even realize that variations in body size were a thing! And now that I do, I don't think I likes the larger size - just more weight IMHO. Regardless, it doesn't matter - I brought the guitar back to them this morning!
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    Well, I returned the guitar this morning but I wouldn't say mine is "the best guitar in the world for me". I've been thinking about what I learned in this experience - I think my "perfect" Strat would have elements of each guitar: the bloom and warmth of mine with some more of the staccato &...
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    I aim to please! Also, the guitar had a genie inside and I’m now a rock/porn star.
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    I played with them a little but wasn't really interested in devoting a ton of time to that. In any case, at lease as they were set they lacked a warmth and bloom that I get in my CS69s.
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    (FINAL?) UPDATE: So I picked up the American strat day before yesterday and had a chance to check it out and work on it a bit. I cleaned it up by wiping it all down with naphtha, got the old film that was welded to the pickguard off, put on new strings and did a basic setup (truss rod/relief...
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    Gotta love the look of the Player Plus Top Strats!

    Some day I’d love to put a highly figured roasted maple neck on my Strat. It would look killer! But I can’t justify the price for something that would tonally be just rolling the dice.
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    I have no illusions on that front and that would be very low on my priority list.
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    I will preface this comment with the statement that THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION and it is purely a matter of taste, but I find SGs ridiculous looking. They look like someone wanted to make a little "devil guitar" with pointy little horns. I just can't take them seriously. I'm not proud of it but...
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    Here's the Rutters knobs on the Tele BTW:
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    Specifications: Series: Standard Body Material: Alder with Flame Maple Veneer Top Body Finish: Gloss Polyester Neck: Maple, Modern “C” Neck Finish: Satin Polyester Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5” (241 mm) Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo Position Inlays: Black Dots Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone...
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    All I know is it was advertised as a MIM "Plus Top" in "aged cherry burst". I believe it's a 2018. I changed the tuners to Fender "classic gear" split shafts, the bridge to a "Pat Pending" Fender ashtray, saddles to Gotoh compensated brass saddles, and all of the electronics and pickups. I...
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    Garage find - expertise requested

    Gladly! Lot's of small changes since these pics but close enough!


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