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  1. noah a

    noah a New Member!

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    Hello everybody!
    I'm about to upgrade from my Squier Strat, which was the first guitar I've ever owned.

    I've been going through Reverb and other websites for a week now and have selected 3 which are rather similar.

    1) Fender American Deluxe Strat 2006

    Pictures: http://imgur.com/gallery/A3cCgcn

    Specs:
    Upgraded Ash body
    Rosewood neck
    Locking tuners
    Pearl inlays
    Pop in trem arm
    Contoured neck heel for better access to higher frets.
    SNC noisless pickups.
    S-1 switching system
    Straplocks

    Price: 1100 USD

    2) Fender USA Diamond Anniversary Strat 2006

    Pictures: http://imgur.com/gallery/QkzSLUV

    Specs:
    American Vintage 57 Pickups
    Wired with a blender circuit, can rewire to original delta wiring

    Price: 1100 USD

    3) 2007 American Standard Stratocaster

    Pictures: Somehow Imgur didnt work but it's in great condition, just doesn't have a backplate.

    Specs:
    Custom Fat 50's pickups

    Price: 950 USD

    If you were in my shoes, what would you do? Any help is appreciated! :)

    Have a great day,
     
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  2. NeverPracticing

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    I'd do the 2007 Standard. I'm a fan of the fat 50's pickups. I have them in my 2008 Standard.
     
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    Have you played them all? If so, do you think they feel and sound better than the Squier?
     
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    I think those prices are quite high, but that may be the going rate in your country. In the US those prices would be considered absurd. I don’t see the letters SCN on the pickup covers on the deluxe. Have the pickups been changed? If it has the original pickups in it, the deluxe would be my favorite.
     
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    I like the standard pretty good, but the price is pretty steep. If I was going to buy one right now I would have to think about a MIJ Strat. But go with the one that you like the best. Be nice if you could play them first because that is the only sure fire way to tell. But good luck and congrats on getting yourself another guitar.
     
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    As mentioned, not a bargain by any measure. It seems you get a nice hard case with the Deluxe. But as already pointed out, the stock pups on these were the SCN set and itwould be on the covers.
    Still, I think I'd go with the Deluxe if money is no issue. Or wait for a better deal
     
  7. noah a

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    I haven't had a chance to play any of them so far :)
     
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    I'm in Australia and these prices seemed normal when I looked for the same models from other sellers. I'll ask him about the pickups.
     
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  9. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    Greetings to you in Melbourne. I was there back in February and loved the city. I had a good nose around in music shops whilst I was there and, in general, the prices seemed to be on a par with the UK at that time. Not sure what the £ / $AUS exchange rate is at the moment but based on my experience those prices do seem a bit steep. If it were me, I'd be looking at a new MIM as an alternative. But, as per everyone else, you really need to try before you buy. Good luck, post when it's your NGD!
     
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    The 06 deluxe is the exact same model and year as mine.
    I love it, the neck feels great and I prefer the finish of it over all the new strats that I can find in shops around (I believe it is tinted satin but has become glossy with time). It looks also much better in person than on picture.

    That being said, you should try to play them before you choose. I am not a fan of these scn pickups. Nothing wrong with these but the dont have the shime I’m looking for. I plan on upgrading them and dont mind it since I got the guitar at a a great price, and really like the S1 switch. But at 1100 you might as well get a guitar with the pups you like in it. Might be the snc, might be something else.
     
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    +1 check the price of the new MIM Player Series. Many parts are common with the MIA.

    Get a pro setup on whatever guitar you get after it acclimates to your house for a week or so -- for best playability. Take your Squier with you to the guitar tech, if you like how the string height is set on it or not, as that will give them an idea of where you like your strings on the new guitar.

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    Either the Diamond or the Standard. Both sets of pickups are much better than the SCN noiseless on the Deluxe. PV ‘57’s and Fat 50’s are super sweet sounding pickups.
     
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    "07". I don't know much about the Deluxe. I have a 2010 and it's great and more guitar than I'll ever need. Probably the same with my 2 CVs. I probably didn't need the AS but always wanted one and glad I have her but the CVs hold their own. Learn to set yours up properly.
     
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    Best do that before you try to narrow down the field. And keep in mind that a more expensive guitar may or may not be an "upgrade".
     
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    Out of interest, I went here: https://www.bigmusicshop.com.au/ele.../fender-electric-guitars.html?price=1800-2000

    Before anyone faints, Aus $1,800 = US $1,225 = GB £955. I know a lot of you based in the US are still thinking "What!" but those are about the same prices as the UK. Unlike you guys, we have to bear the costs of shipping, import duty, purchase tax, and the mark-up of the importer as well as the retailer.

    At this kind of price point, you really need to make sure you're buying the guitar that best suits you, not the model some of us happen to like. If you followed my personal preferences, you'd end up with a Warmoth Strat with a neck more like a Fender Precision, which might seriously spoil your day.

    Even if you don't like their prices, I'd head out to Guitar Paradise "Melbourne's Guitar, Amp and Home Recording specialists for over 25 years!"
     
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    The early noiseless pickups were not very good. I would def go for the 07 American Standard.
     
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    I'd go with the 2007 standard. The fat 50s are awesome.

    SCN noiseless pups don't do it for me, thin and lifeless. S1 switching and other special switching is just a gimmick IMO and rarely used after an initial period. Locking tuners are very nice to have, mainly for speed of restringing but not really a deal breaker for me.
     
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    I have owned (1) and (3). The Deluxe will feel, and can be made to sound, very "modern." The Am. Std. will feel and sound almost traditional, without most of the compromises a modern player must make for a vintage instrument.
     
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    Look hard at the MIM Player series. No ones buying used $1000 plus run of the mill US Strats after they check out a Player for 5-600.

    Gotten a few now for $500 each now and change out the pickups to custom shop for short money. Get a player and get it properly set up. The stockhead still says Fender. Save the money and put it towards an amp or something else.

    Satin neck on the Player is nice!
     
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    Another recommendation for the Player Strat. I really like them and they remind me of the American Standard.
     
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