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  1. Alfredoluis

    Alfredoluis Strat-Talk Member

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    Good morning friends. I am writing to you from Argentina. I am about to travel to the US and I would like to buy a Fender there. I can invest around US $ 1100. I know that the query is difficult but I would like to ask you for some recommendation about the model to buy. I like the very classic fender strato sound (single coils). My hands are small and I am not a professional guitarist, but intermediate level. I like two-pivot bridges. I am in doubt about rosewood or mapple fingerboard. I would prefer 22 frets. Could you tell me something about the convenience of buying a new 2019 model or will it be preferable to look for a used one of a particular year? My favorite styles are Gilomour, Clapton, Timmons, Blackmore, Frusciante. Thank you so much for your time. Alfred
     
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    Play some guitars, as many as you can. Find the one you like. Buy it.
     
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    sgarnett Strat-O-Master

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    Granting the wisdom of that approach, it depends on finding a good selection to try. I would look online to find stores you can visit. If possible, browse their inventory ahead of time for models you might be interested in trying. You may need to ask them to get something from the warehouse to try.

    Then, be open to what your hands and ears tell you. Sometimes they will take you in unexpected directions.
     
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    Player Series Strats are basically taking over for American Standards and they are well within your budget. You may be able to find an American Professional Strat on sale.
     
  5. Tone Deaf

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    Where ( or what city ) will you going to in the US?

    Follow the advice of the above posters.

    You may be surprised at what you actually like,
     
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  6. Alfredoluis

    Alfredoluis Strat-Talk Member

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    Yes! I´ll do it. Thank you!
     
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  7. Alfredoluis

    Alfredoluis Strat-Talk Member

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    I very much appreciate your advice, I will follow it exactly like that
     
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    Most major cities have numerous guitar shops.

    If all else fails Google “Guitar Center”...



     
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  9. Alfredoluis

    Alfredoluis Strat-Talk Member

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    So, would the Player Strats series be the ones that replace the American standards?
     
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  10. Alfredoluis

    Alfredoluis Strat-Talk Member

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    I am precisely going to visit New York. Guitar center would be a good option, right?
     
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    Welcome to ST !!!

    The USA has 400 Guitar Center stores.

    Although the employees are totally worthless, and their prices very high; a visit will give you a bunch of guitars to try out in a single location.

    https://stores.guitarcenter.com/ put in the locations you will be visiting in the States.

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    You can also buy a guitar at a big discount from a Mail-Order store.

    Some sales only last a few days, so you might want to have the guitar sent to your Hotel, and have them hold it for you at the concierge desk until you arrive

    For instance, this American Professional goes on sale every month or so for $1099 with a flight ready Hard Shell Case:

    https://www.adorama.com/fe0176903702.html

    https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/...acid-blue-1099-w-hsc-free-ship-no-tax.502104/

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    If you've never been to the States before, the most jarring thing is only 4 cities have full public transportation.

    There is no Uni-Pass that lets you take any bus, train, or subway.

    There is not even a Rail-Pass that lets you ride the trains for a month across the country.

    Every trip is a separate, expensive Train or Plane ticket.

    99% of cities have no subway or bus service at all.

    Sometimes if there is bus service, it only drives down a single road.

    Make SURE you have an Uber account before you arrive.

    Get an International Driver's License before you arrive.
     
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    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

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    Excellent.

    NY actually has subways that are easy to navigate!

    You have Guitar Center and Adorama in NY
     
  13. Alfredoluis

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    I will visit in September, New York. I will be in a hotel near time square
     
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    Wow! How much and what important information you have given me. I thank you so much
     
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    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    When I worked in midtown Manhattan, in Rockefeller Plaza, I was fortunate to be about 2 long blocks from Music Row on 48th Street. Sadly, most stores are now gone. I just saw that Manny's is about to be demolished.

    http://www.brooklynvegan.com/iconic-mannys-music-building-in-nyc-cleared-for-demolition/

    And thank you to Joe Bonamassa...
    https://jbonamassa.com/features/2018/mannys-music-sign/


    @Chont may be able to advise more on this.


    Here are a few sites that may interest you


    https://foursquare.com/top-places/new-york-city/best-places-music-stores

    https://locations.samash.com/ny/nyc/7/

    https://www.nyc.com/best-of-new-york/best_musical_instrument_stores_in_new_york.2257/68/
     
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    My local Guitar Center has a very limited selection. The only remaining old/local store does most of their business online now, so most of the interesting stock (to me) is in the warehouse. I’ve still never seen any Classic Series (Lacquer or Poly), Road Worn, or AO, Reissue of any sort, or even a Vintera on display here (just some spiffy cardboard). I bought (well, traded for) my RW by handing them an inventory number and asking to have it brought to the store so I could try it.

    Hopefully the situation is better in NY. The point is, if you just depend on luck, you may miss some interesting options.

    Fact of modern life: stores stock what they think they can sell in high volume. If you want to cast a wider net, it’s up to you to make it happen.
     
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  17. Alfredoluis

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    Great! very great! thank you so much!
     
  18. Alfredoluis

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    How difficult it will be for me to see everything that you are indicating to me in just 7 days. It will be hard but beautiful at the same time!
     
  19. Alfredoluis

    Alfredoluis Strat-Talk Member

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    About the manufacturing material, the choice between maple or rosewood, looking for fluidity for the sliding of the fingers, is it just a matter of taste? Or is one of them more recommended than the other?
     
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    Your fingers don't even touch the fretboard wood if played properly - just enough pressure to fret the note - it doesn't matter - it's down to which YOU prefer.....
     
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