50s, 60s, 70s or Modern?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by SonOfLerome, Oct 15, 2021.

50s 60s CBS/70s or Modern?

  1. 50s

    25 vote(s)
    17.1%
  2. 60s

    54 vote(s)
    37.0%
  3. CBS/70s

    20 vote(s)
    13.7%
  4. Modern

    44 vote(s)
    30.1%
  5. Late 60s

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
  1. SonOfLerome

    SonOfLerome Senior Stratmaster

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    If you could have any era of strat, which would you choose?

    For this purpose we’ll say

    50s= 1957 specs

    60s=1960-65 specs

    Late 60s= 1966-71 specs

    70s =72-79

    Modern= American Professional II

    Of course there’s other notable years but I feel these kinda embody the decade the best. And i realise there were changes from 60-65 and 66-72, but most of em are pretty negligible
     
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  2. Stubie78

    Stubie78 Strat-Talker

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    66-71 Spec all day long. 4 bolt, big headstock, grey bottom pickups. What's not to like?
     
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  3. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    To me, there is not that much difference other than fingerboard radius. So any era up to "modern" is about the same.

    I think I'd pick '70s though, because I'm weird and I actually like the look of the big headstock and bullet truss rod.
     
  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka fezz parka

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    The one that sounds the best.

    I've owned 60's and up.
    I've played 50's.

    My favorite is based on a mid 50's Strat.

    A 1983 JV Squier.

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  5. Bladesg

    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    I’d have to say 60’s as most of my Strats have supposedly pickups based around early 60s guitars. I prefer the look of RW boards and radius and fret size I’m not that fussy about.
     
  6. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    The one I'd never sell is a 1977 Strat, so I went with 70's.
     
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    Blue Beagle Senior Stratmaster

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    60s (despite never having played one)
     
  8. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Modern. But that doesn't necessarily mean an American Professional II. I like features like locking tuners, hum-canceling pickups, compound radius fretboards, etc.. I think the little refinements they've made over the years make a good guitar altogether.
     
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  9. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    Err....
     
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  10. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    4 bolt '71 tribute (with one piece neck with skunk)

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    3 bolt '72 tribute

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    3 bolt '74 tribute

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    I think that establishes me as an early '70s fan... although I am looking out for a black '68 maple cap reissue.
     
  11. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Slab 62 or modern
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    I have them all except for the 70's. I like a little variety, but even back in the 70's they never really appealed to me. I was very happy to see the American Vintage line show up in 1983.
     
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  13. 3bolt79

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    72 through 81 3 bolts for me. Especially 77-79. I have my namesake guitar and a Vintera 70’s strat. I like hardtail the best.
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  14. Intune

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    I voted 50’s just because I loved bigger necks but I’d love a early 60’s custom colour or a early 70’s 4 bolt hard tail. I’d pick all 3 if I could!
     
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  15. cranky

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    The 60s and Am Pro II are close firsts for me. There really isn't one that has it all for me, so I defer to the Am Pro II's satin neck. It has something closer to vintage-style frets, anyway.

    I kinda think a Player series or something with a Modern C neck (with or without hotter pickups) and medium-jumbo frets is a better example of a Modern player. In which case I'd rather have a vintage spec'd neck.

    I like my '72 reissue Tele (never played a 70s Strat), but that 3-bolt neck is a modding obstacle.
     
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    Mostly I loved the 50’s maple necked strats, but I also really love the 63-65 strats. But they all sound, look and play pretty Stratty. :)

    Here are mine.

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  17. SonOfLerome

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  18. SonOfLerome

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    Man if only :( Some day I’ll find a minty 54 at a yard sale.
     
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  19. dscottyg

    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    If I could have only one I’d have to say modern but make it an American Ultra. If I have that, then definitely a late 60s. I actually have the Ultra and an American Original 50s, waiting for Sweetwater to get AO 60s in to complete the collection.
     
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  20. Intune

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    Those are my kinda strats. Love the wide burst! I have a few strats but still want a 60-64 slab board just like yours.
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