American Original 50s Or 60s Strat And Why?

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American Original 50s or 60s Strat?

  1. 50s

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  2. 60s

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  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    6AE30EB0-11E8-484D-9BDD-987052B4ED4F.jpeg 9136645E-0BCB-4937-904C-59C672B003BF.jpeg Talkin’about the sunburst ones.

    The 50s has the spaghetti logo, 1-ply 8-screw white Pickguard, 2-tone sunburst, maple fretboard, black dots, soft-V profile beck, and Pure Vintage ‘59 pickups.

    The 60s has the transition logo, 3–ply 11-screw mint green pickguard, 3-tone sunburst, rosewood fretboard, pearloid dots, thick C profile neck, and Pure Vintage ‘65 pickups.

    Both are alder, have a 9.5-inch radius fretboard, vintage tall frets, 5-way selector switch, and 6–screw tremolo, nitrocellulose lacquer.
     
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  2. YohanTheMan

    YohanTheMan Strat-Talker

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    I used to have preference for 50s type Strats, but lately i'm preferring the 60s. That said my experience with The American Original series is somewhat limited. Depending on how much experience you have with guitars and their specs, pickups, necks etc. I would try them out(if possible). I like both a thick c, and a soft v, but that might not be the case with you. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them really. The pure vintage pickups are great. I have a set of 59's and I really like them. The thing that bothers me, is that the necks are really pale, and that's of course especially noticeable on the 50's Strat. That's purely an aesthetic thing. Do you think the 3 tone burst is better looking than the 2 tone burst. I've considered both guitars before, in different colours. The 60s in shell pink look gorgeous. And I stumbled upon a second hand Mary Kaye version of the 50s. Almost pulled the trigger on than one.

    I voted for the 60s, because I think it looks better, and because I'm digging those type of guitars lately.
     
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    TempestStrat Strat-Talk Member

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    I just wish the shell pink finish was avaliable on the 50s model.
     
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    davidrf Strat-O-Master

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    I have a problem with American Originals: vintage frets. If you go 9.5" radius I see no reason to still keep vintage frets. That could be a deal breaker for me. As for the original question, I would go for 50s just because I'm in my maple phase.
     
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  5. Murphcaster

    Murphcaster Senior Stratmaster

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    The AO series has vintage tall frets. They're much closer in size to 6105s than typical vintage frets.
     
  6. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I'd choose the 60s. I satisfied my 50's craving by buying a Classic Player 50s Strat for 1/3 the price of the AO's. I didn't want the CP60s for several reasons, and always wished I had bought a MIA 62 re-issue when prices were reasonable.
     
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    I love the idea of a 50s. The original Stratocaster, Buddy Holly, etc. I thought I always liked the 3 tone burst with a little red, but the 2 tone Has grown on me, kind of like a tobacco burst. And, I agree the neck should be tinted a bit to look better. I also like the darker 60s pick guard versus the stark white one on the 50s. I think I like the tone of the 60s better for some things, but the 50s for other things. Aesthetically the maple Fretboard looks better to me than the rosewood with a sunburst.
     
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    50’s bc of the Soft V neck carve. Both PV 59 and 65 pickup sets are fantastic sounding. So you can’t go wrong with either
     
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    Yes, I agree. I go back and forth on the 2 tone vs 3 tone, but if you get a good one, it doesn't really matter. I definitely agree on the maple board. If you get the right burst with a nice tinted maple neck, it's just about as classic as it gets. Like a blonde Tele with a maple neck, it's just the start of the instruments. It screams the 50s.
     
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    RL21980 Senior Stratmaster

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    Agreed.

    I've got a AO 50's tele in butterscotch. Great tele in every way. My only complaint is the neck is stark white. Wish it'd come tinted. A mild aesthetic issue in my book but still would look a lot cooler with a vintage tint on it. Tone wise it kills. Thats what counts above all else.
     
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    Both.

    50s for sunburst and 60s for shell pink.

    Then you're sorted.
     
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    Yeah, the sound and the feel is the most important thing. But I do wonder if there's any logic to it when Fender decides to go with a very pale neck. I get it with modern guitars, that's mainly what I know it from. Like S-type shred guitars, not vintage style Fender's. I've heard that if you leave it out in the sun, it'll get tanned like a human, but a lot slower. You can always get it tinted yourself. It will probably bring the value down if you're thinking about selling in the future. Even though I would consider it an upgrade if I was in the market for a second hand. But in the end it's not a big deal. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
     
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  13. nickmsmith

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    Comes down to the neck for me. I like the V neck 50s style more. But I’m sure both are stellar. I like the looks of both. I think I like the 60s look better.
     
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    I would go with the 50's version. But now that i've played both, I think you would get a quality instrumentt either way. Since I don't know the OP, I can't tell which way he might go, and I recommend he sits down with both guitars before making a choice.
     
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    Has to be the 60s for me. Love thick C necks and don't get along with Vs of any variety.
     
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    mmmh interesting. in a couple of spec sheets it just read "vintage frets".
     
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    why didn't you want a CP60s?
     
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    Ya, or Inca Silver on the 60s.
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Preferred the 9.5" radius soft V neck and the 57/62 pickups of the CP50. The CP50 also has different pickup switching...you loose the neck/middle but gain the neck/bridge. I have two other Strats that have the normal switching, so I wanted something different with the CP50.
     
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    Inca silver is sweet. Underrated.
     
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