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  1. misterwogan

    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    2003/2004, Pearl White, American Strat with RW fretboard, block saddles. It had been sitting on Ebay for the last month with no bids. Last month it had a starting bid of £700 and a Best Offer option. I offered £650 which was rejected. The seller relisted with a starting bid of £650. I was the only bidder today at £650 which I think is a fair price. The market for Strats seems to be very quiet lately - BREXIT! :mad:

    What sort of tone can I expect from these pickups (seller say it's all original).

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  2. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Senior Stratmaster

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    Sweet lookin' guitar....so you should get some sweet sounding sounds....congrats and enjoy....

    PS: I too think the used market is pretty slow these days...
     
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    My favorite color combinations. Looks awesome!
     
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  4. misterwogan

    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    I guess I'm still hankering over the JB CS Strat that I stupidly sold in 2013.

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  5. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Congrats, and excellent AlNico V pickups, there!

    That color looks great!
     
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  6. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I have a 2004 MIA Standard.
    From what I have gleaned on various web discussions,
    many owners of Strats from this era really like the tonality
    Of these "No Name" AlNiCo V pickups. I like the way mine sounds.
    "Stratty" enough in just the right amount in all positions.
    I don't think you will be disappointed.
     
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  7. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Beautiful, congrats.
     
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  8. misterwogan

    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    I won the Ebay auction yesterday at 13:00 and the guitar arrived this morning at 09:30 - from a private seller in Cheshire. Five stars for dispatch time.
    The RW board has a very coarse and prominent grain structure - is this typical of the period? The modern Fenders with RW that I've come across tended to have a more uniform, tighter structure - almost brown ebony. Not this one.

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  9. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Rosewood isn't a particularly tight grained wood like maple or ebony.
    I think the grain looks fine.

    Let us know how it sounds and if you like it.
    A mini-review would be fun to read.
     
  10. misterwogan

    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    This is very, very mini. I absolutely love it. The neck is super smooth with very little wear and the smoothest fret ends that I've ever come across. In fact looking at what fret-wear there is suggests that the previous (one) owner only played open chords. The rear of the neck is lacquered but there is no stickiness whatsoever. To play, it feels like what it looks like - Chocolate Brownie with Custard. The pickups are ok, but just ok. They are not so special that I would want to keep them, so I will replace them with Gen 4 Noiseless. For less that half the price of a new American Professional - an absolute bargain!
     
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  11. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Love this color combo. Sweet aged white. Congrats.
     
  12. BuddhaFingas

    BuddhaFingas Strat-Talker

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    Grain looks near-identical to my 2003 HWY1; I think you're fine there.

    Congrats and HNGT!
     
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  13. misterwogan

    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    Job Done!
    I had to take the Gen 4s from the MIM Strat and then put the Fat 50s back into into the MIM. The the Gen 4s then went into the MIA and then I floated the trem on the MIA. Along with my tools, I had a bottle of New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc and a couple of cans of Grolsch. Josie (my Pixie-Bob cat) was in charge of tools and supplies and had it nailed. I've gotta say that the colour of the Gen 4 pup covers blends well with the aged white of the Strat.
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    Cat plus Strat!
     
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    misterwogan Strat-O-Master

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    Update. The Gen 4s are a vast improvement on the original pickups. Thicker, more articulate, hotter, perfect!
     
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  15. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

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    nice score
     
  16. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    Im glad you found a good deal. Happy NGD!
     
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    Yummy, Yummy, so fine. You can expect a tone that will devastate all other guitars and bring grown men to there little baby knees. Please show us the callouses on you finger tips in a couple of weeks;)
     
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  19. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Great strats the American series I have two from that period but anniversary models so different pick ups, the RW does sound about right rough texture I have a 04 highway neck one of my favourite necks and the RW board does seem very open grain but great to play.
    I see you have the period correct case too, in my opinion one of Fenders best no nonsense cases.

    Congrats on a nice purchase.
     
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  20. Silvercrow

    Silvercrow Senior Stratmaster

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    GREAT looking guitar...and glad you found THE pickups for you! It took me forever to find mine...but once ya do...!

    BIG CONGRATS!

    Brian
     
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