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  1. Stratstrangler

    Do these frets need a level and crown?

    OP. Try getting a photo of the next similar to your original post, but with a string or two pressed to a fret. If you have no intonation or dead note issues, then I'd say there is probably somewhat of a crown on all frets. Photos of my Les Paul and Strat frets do make it look as if there is no...
  2. Stratstrangler

    Do these frets need a level and crown?

    If you have not noticed much of a difference in your playing, the intonation, or dead-sounding notes, the I'd leave that alone. I have a 2001 American Series that I've had one leveling and re-crowing done and when finished they look like your photos (5 years later). I play with a lighter touch...
  3. Stratstrangler

    What Is Your Number One Strat?

    My 2001 American Series Strat bought used 19 years ago. It's completely stock, easy to play, easy to tune. Fender's American Series is a safe bet for anyone looking for a used Strat. The pickups are toneful and typical Strat sounding. classicplayer
  4. Stratstrangler

    Are your pickups too high?

    I keep the pups on my two Strats higher than most that seen in photos. I was wondering if mine were too high, but the key is how they sound with your rig and do all 5/3 switch positions have a familiar Strat flavor. I like to hear a lot of the low e-string in my own tone, so I set my Strats for...
  5. Stratstrangler

    9s vs 10s vs hybrids on a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar

    I've used Daddario 10 -46 on my Strats and Les Pauls for several decades. My impression is that 10's give me a more balanced tone and an easy, more sure-handed playing when using a RH hybrid picking technique (flatpick & two fingers). Over the years, I've concluded this is akin to a pianist...
  6. Stratstrangler

    NGD - American Series - I changed my mind.

    I happen to be one of a number of Strat owners that think the American Series Strats up to '07 or '08 are some of the best made and sounding of all the Strat models. The series began in June 2000 and continured up into 2007. A lot more “hand” work was used on these models. This series replaced...
  7. Stratstrangler

    NGD - American Series - I changed my mind.

    I'm glad you bought it. Looks in great shape. My 2001 (see avatar) was a keeper from day 1 when I got it 19 years ago (used). Cintered (powdered) steel is the saddles' composition. I got well used to them and offered a choice, I'd pick them again for that era Strat. Looks as if the fingerboard...
  8. Stratstrangler

    Who's playing a Strat in Nashville?

    From my observations, 1980's seemed to be the decade of the Strat for live and recordings…maybe the Clapton, Vaughn, Knopfler influence. In 1984 Gibson had completed their multi-year move from Kalamazoo to Nashville, and I think that shorlty there after, I noticed more Country bands with Les...
  9. Stratstrangler

    New project incoming - American Series

    My 01' (see avatar) still has the stock pickups and I would not be in a hurry to swap them out. They are all typical “Strat” toned IMHO. There are past comments indicating that many. consider them more Strat-sounding than the Fat 50's, which came on the return of the American Standard Strat iin...
  10. Stratstrangler

    NGD: 2008 American Standard Strat

    Great looking Strat. There was also a Strat Deluxe that year. Ash body, Delta tone Alnico 5 pickups, soft V neck. Abalone fret dots on a maple fingerboard. It was Fender's top of the line Strat except for Custom Shop pieces. Stratstrangler
  11. Stratstrangler

    Raising the middle pickup on a Stratocaster… a tonal discovery!

    I have a fairly high middle pickup, but I also have high neck and bridge Strat pups. I use 1,3 and 5 positions the majority of the time because the quack positions have become boring after having been done so much in past decades; not to say it can be useful in places. I've recently been...
  12. Stratstrangler

    Saddles matching the radius?

    Perhaps when playing clean, but with some gain and breakup, it can make a difference. classicplayer
  13. Stratstrangler

    Saddles matching the radius?

    For sure. But did he invent it or discover it? classicplayer
  14. Stratstrangler

    Saddles matching the radius?

    Had I leveled the high e-string saddle, it would have made that string just a touch too loud compared to the other strings. I tried it. Sound was to my liking with just the slightest of tilt to the saddle. classicplayer
  15. Stratstrangler

    Saddles matching the radius?

    One of my two Strats, I found, benefited from the high e-string saddle having it it's pickguard side lowered by a tiny amount when trying to bring out a bit more volume from it. If I had kept the saddle perfectly level by lowering its opposite side, the high e-string would be too loud. Go...
  16. Stratstrangler

    Saddles matching the radius?

    That Newton was one cool guy! classicplayer
  17. Stratstrangler

    Saddles matching the radius?

    Where Strat pickups' pole pieces are fixed, I usually set both e-strings about 4/64” or in that vicinity that will allow comfortable fingering up and down the fret board; with no buzzing, false harmonics or intonation issues. The other 4 strings happen to “mimic” the board's radius, but I don't...
  18. Stratstrangler

    It’s back, return of the microcube

    Interesting that the Micro Cube has many fans; myself included. I have the original one I bought 16 years ago along with the newer GX offering. This past month, I re-acquainted myself with the GX version by plugging my Strat into it on the “Black Panel” model and it is surprising how the lows...
  19. Stratstrangler

    How do *you* make a new Stratocaster *your own*

    You ever think about changing neighborhoods? Stratstrangler
  20. Stratstrangler

    How do *you* make a new Stratocaster *your own*

    Way to go! Pickup height (to me) is important enough to spend as much time as needed to get all the switch position sounds the way you think your particular Strat should sound; and as important to the amp you usually like to play it through. I'm curious, does the .09 guage set that you swapped...
  21. Stratstrangler

    80s American standard strat colour?

    Chicago Music Exchange had a 1980 Strat called a “refinish” in Daphne Blue. Since been sold. Stratstrangler.
  22. Stratstrangler

    For the Best Strat Sound...

    I've never played a Strat or any Fender into a tweed 5e3 amp. Anyone care to described its tone “signature“ compared to a Black Panel type? Stratstrangler
  23. Stratstrangler

    For the Best Strat Sound...

    I will say the same about the Black Panel' Bassman. Stratstrangler
  24. Stratstrangler

    Best Strat I ever played in my life

    I may never get to play “the best Strat' of my life”, but I own two that are excellent playing and sounding examples of the Strat' sound that we recognize, (say, over a Tele' or Jag'). I firmly believe that a player with talent can bring out great sounds from most well-made stock Strats...
  25. Stratstrangler

    Best Strat I ever played in my life

    What amp are you going through in your video? Stratstrangler


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