5 Used Strat models compared

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Tone Deaf, May 22, 2020.

  1. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nobody will look at this anyway.

    They’re just gonna ask the same questions of us without viewing - because they want someone else to blame for their laziness.

     
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  2. Stratafied

    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    I started to hear the difference in the custom shops , but actually they all sounded really good .
     
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  3. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I watched it:D
     
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  4. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My sons MIM is a mighty fine instrument. We have @Lonn to thank.

    Used is the way to go, assuming you avoid scammers.
     
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  5. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Strat-O-Master

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    I agree that they all sounded good. The CS did seem to sound a touch better, but I'm listening on a little tablet so hard to say. I like Strats.
     
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  6. Antstrat

    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    For the dough I thought the American standard was the winner. His playing though made them all sound good.
     
  7. Stratafied

    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Same here. How you lovin your American performer.
     
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    Andy makes every guitar sound great!
     
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  9. Hanson

    Hanson Strat-Talker

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    Agree, hard to beat the American Standard.
     
  10. WilseyFanPDX

    WilseyFanPDX Strat-Talker

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    I personally dug the MIM. Sounded great.
     
  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think it just shows that you may as well buy the Squier and have lots of beer vouchers left for more important purchases.
     
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    chicago slim Strat-O-Master

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    A few years back, I bought an AVRI 56, Classic 50 and Classic Vibe 50. The biggest difference was the 5-way switch and sweep (less change in volume) of the Volume control, on the CV 50. As they came from the factory, the Classic 50 may have been the best, or at least my favorite. If I had liked the vintage radius and frets, I would have stopped there.

    Over the years I have upgraded pickups, tremolo's, swapped necks and loaded guards, I found them to be about equal. Today, they each sound a little different, not better or worse. Just a little different.
     
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    All a bit meh ‘til he hit that ‘63, now that is a Strat,
     
  14. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

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    It did sound great, although they cranked the reverb up quite a bit for that guitar.
     
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    jtoomuch Strat-O-Master

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    I am really digging it, thanks for asking. I like the Yosemite pups.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    He should have started with Bullet, Affinity, and then the Classic Vibe Strat. I see too much overlap between prices of CV vs Fender MIM that I fly over the CVs if I'm looking to spend more than a Bullet/Affinity cheap rides. Although the necks on the Squiers are carved too skinny I just don't play them anymore.

    I skipped around the video to better compare the tones and somehow even though 'all the settings were the same on the amp' there is a lot of reverb on the vintage guitar at the end compared to the others. I also think the pickup heights between models are all different which can change tones quite a lot -- lowest is the vintage model at the end giving it the sweetest tone.

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  17. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

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    This proves what I currently think....ALL STRATS SOUND THE SAME!

    This guitar is so dependent on screws, I could disassemble it with a Phillips screwdriver, and reassemble it, too. It's why I'll probably get a Squier as a modding platform. It's a triumph of luthiery! Cheap and inexpensive to make and stable sounding (the dream of Leo Fender). I have access to a Squier Strat HSS and my 1990 Strat Ultra HSS. I setup this Squier and played it thru my tone stack, both have high output pickups (no-names in the Squier and blue and red Lace Sensors in the old Ultra) and both sounded similar.

    However, neither of these guitars sounded like the 1970 Stratocaster. This one has low output pickups, and sounds like Hendrix' lost guitar. But good luck spending $1500+ for a MIA guitar in the hope it sounds better, plays better or lasts longer than a MII guitar. It seems to me it is always the pickups that changes a guitars' aural quality. Origin of manufacture does not.
     
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    I liked the mim, but preferred the American Standard. I just don't hear that huge difference between an American Standard and a Custom Shop to justify that huge price. I don't give a rat's .... about nitro and beat up guitars either.

    There. I said it.
     
  19. SevGrey

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    It really is a great video, I hope many beginners will see it, but still people will hear what they want to hear, and custom shops sound good. I think a mims are a great deal for around 300 plus modding....
    Not dishing the squires but thin necks on those that I tried turned me off, even though I really wanted a Sherwood green CV With the matching headstock, but when I tried it, just didn’t feel right.
    My favorite strat right now is a classic series 60's by the way.
     
  20. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

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    That Vintage Modified Squier in the video was really sharp, but I'm afraid the neck's probably too thin.
     
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