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Anyone Try the New Black Paisley Strat From Japan?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Andy Summers, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. Andy Summers

    Andy Summers Strat-Talker

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    I just heard of these today and have a chance to go check one out. They seem pretty new and limited, but thought I'd ask the gurus here. All I see in a search for this are a few for sale and of course older paisley models. There are many things I don't prefer here, 7.25" radius, vintage frets and truss rod adjustment at the heel, but man, I'm still intrigued just from the looks of it. Although I'm not sure I'd be happy with a basswood body mid-level Strat. LOL...I hate everything about this guitar but the looks and the pickups! Woe is me!





    Tech Specs
    • Body Type:Solidbody
    • Body Shape:Brad Paisley Stratocaster
    • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
    • Number of Strings:6
    • Body Material:Basswood
    • Body Finish:Gloss Polyester
    • Color:Black Paisley
    • Neck Material:Maple
    • Neck Shape:U
    • Radius:7.25"
    • Fingerboard Material:Rosewood
    • Fingerboard Inlay:White Dots
    • Number of Frets:21, Vintage
    • Scale Length:25.5"
    • Nut Width:1.650"
    • Nut Material:Bone
    • Bridge/Tailpiece:6-Saddle Vntage-style Synchronized Tremolo
    • Tuners:Vintage-style
    • Neck Pickup:Fender USA Vintage Stratocasster Single-coil
    • Middle Pickup:Fender USA Vintage Stratocasster Single-coil
    • Bridge Pickup:Fender USA Vintage Stratocasster Single-coil
    • Controls:1 x master volume, 2 x tone, 5-way blade pickup switch
    • Strings:Fender, .009-.042
    • Case Included:Gig Bag
    • Manufacturer Part Number:5250041337
     
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  2. Andy Summers

    Andy Summers Strat-Talker

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    Well, I did. And I came home with it, 799 used and the thing is stunning in every way. Set it up nice where it plays really nicely. Absolutely gorgeous guitar. The pictures and video don't do it justice.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Stunner for sure. Let's see pics of yours though.
    The only thing I wouldn't like about it is the small frets. I would probably refret and reradius it just to have the feel I want. As far as the basswood goes, never bothered me at all. I have several Basswood guitars that you wouldn't know were Basswood if I didn't tell you. When they are covered in 3/32" of poly wood tone really doesn't play much of a factor. It's more in the pickups and wiring.
     
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    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I have to agree with this, though I realize that everyone has their likes and dislikes. I'm almost inclined to just have one of my Strats refinished, if I were in the market for a guitar like this.
     
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  5. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    Basswood is perfectly suitable to me, the only thing I can say about it, is that it seems soft, and seems to dent more easily than other body woods, unless I'm just imagining that. No wood expert.
     
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  6. Andy Summers

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    Yeah, I was dead set against in my head about the neck (more so fretboard) specs, but after a nice setup, any concern I had is out the window. Accept for the truss rod adjustment at the heel, but nothing I can do about that. After I made my adjustments, I didn't need to fuss with it, so all is well for now. Really a stunning looking and sounding instrument. Totally glad I went against my reservations and went and checked it out. I already forgot about the basswood...which, like a lot of things guitar, is mostly in my head. To a point anyway :) Anyway, here it is

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    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    looks like a million bucks. very nice.
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats! :thumb:
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, I don't understand the snobbery towards basswood. There have been a lot of killer guitars with basswood bodies. The EVH Wolfgang uses basswood with a maple top. Same with EBMM Axis - a design done with Mr. EVH. EBMM would NOT use an inferior wood, and I don't believe Edward Van Halen would want an inferior wood for his flagship guitar.

    Basswood is soft though, and does indeed dent easier. I have also seen on older Kramers from the 80's with the original Floyd Rose pivot screws where the screws moved forward due to string tension and the softness of the wood. I have not seen that with the newer Floyd posts that screw into inserts.
     
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  10. Andy Summers

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    Thank you, my friend :)
     
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    Thank you, StummerJoe!!
     
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    Andy Summers Strat-Talker

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    Agreed. I know for me, it's the doubts that fill me head from the good old internet. Like Believer said above, I'd never know if I didnt know...haha. I know basswood is just fine in reality.
     
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    Kester Senior Stratmaster

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    Pink Paisley Strats don't look right to me. But that looks the business, nice one!
     
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    Andy Summers Strat-Talker

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    Agreed, Kester. This one nails a sweet look to me. Couldnt take my eyes off the pictures all morning and that's why I had to go check it out. And, thank you!
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    And I bet it's light too, huh?
     
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    It is. But not insanely so. I usually don't care for really light guitars, and this one doesnt stand out as being incredibly light. It's certainly not heavy either though. Sorry, that probably doesnt answer your question...haha.
     
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    Any other color it wouldn't work, but it looks good with high gloss black. Not sure about the the neck. Pprobably the right choice, and I got nothing against RW, I wonder how it'd look with a maple...or roasted maple neck.

    HNGD! either way it's a stunner.
     
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    I wondered the same thing. I usually prefer a maple board, but I kind of like the look of how its mostly all dark. Here's a Tele w maple that was also just released.

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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah...you're right..darker is better. Too bad they didn't do a matching headstock. Or even just a gloss black one. they don't usually speak to, except in black, and I think these would look sharp with one.
     
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    Yeah, that would have looked sweet!! With silver Fender script ;)
     
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