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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Skinny Nitro, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Bluestrat83

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    I think the logic behind all the speculation is why is it cheaper? They are a corporation, they don’t just give away stuff without making it work financially for them but as I said as long as the neck, body are the same as standard and the new pups are decent I’m sold on this new line for the price. That is of course if you want to mod.
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

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    THe block in the standards has been full size for years. The two point bridge used on this new model looks like the one used on the classic players, also with a full size block. All guitars are built to a price. "Cheap" does not always mean lower quality, the guitars themselves are "cheap" compared to US made Fenders.
     
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  3. gilmourstrat

    gilmourstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    I like these very much! I had a Classic Player. I didn't meant "lower quality", just trying to find out if the rumors are true or not (about the cheaper pots and electronics).
     
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    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    Never can tell what decisions the bean counters will hand down ,but this would definitely be the wrong one !

    I hope it only rumor too .
     
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    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'd go as far as to say that it would cause many people "in the know" to at least hesitate if they put cheaper stuff in the Player series Fenders, especially at those prices.

    I seriously doubt those rumors are true myself, but we shall see won't we...


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    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    Asinine move for sure considering the pennies in savings :confused::confused:
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Has anyone seen pictures of the Strat or Tele pickguard/control plate flipped over with all the populated parts to ogle?

    Comparison to a Standard side by side would be great to see -- For Science!

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    Does anyone know if the string spacing on the bridge is American size or import size?
     
  9. Thrup'ny Bit

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    It's the same as the US 2 point bridge.
     
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  10. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    2 pt bridges, even the American ones are always narrow spaced, same as the old MIM standard with the 6 screw bridge. Vintage wide spacing is used on the MIM Classic Series/JLV/ Road worn etc and USA Vintage style models. The HWY1/American Special has a hybrid style bridge with wide mount spacing and narrow string spacing. Pre 2006 HWY1s are wide mount/wide string spacing like the Classic series and AVRIs
     
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    A Couple of things, the CV are Alder, not basswood. Pretty nice Alder bodies at that from the ones I've seen stripped

    I think you have that backwards, I've always experienced the ceramic pickups to be better with High Gain, the Alnicos in the CV I find to be quite nuanced and have that essential strat quack.

    The only area that could use an upgrade in the CVs are the pots and switch. Ive changed the block out on a couple and found it made no difference, it sounded good without a block "upgrade"
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

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    The jump is from $599 > $649, as I understand it.
     
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    I only ever had the import string spacing on a Strat bridge in the past but have recently gotten a vintage spaced bridge on a Strat and while it's a subtle change I found I prefer it.
     
  14. stratman323

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    Wasn't he referring to the previous price increase?
     
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    Fender have done it before. Remember the 2 knob Strat from 1983? To try to compete with the ever increasing quality of Japanese guitars, someone decided to save a few $s by removing one tone pot & the angled jack socket & putting the jack socket in the vacant hole in the scratchplate. The result? Possibly the least popular US made Strat ever, & now easily the cheapest US made Strat you can find on the secondhand market.

    All to save a few $s....
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It comes down to this: "You can have the 2 point bridge, but then we'll have to use some cheaper components elsewhere to meet the specified production costs".
     
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    Umm have you checked the prices on them recently? they've definitely crept up. They aren't bad guitars, I really like the 12" radius necks on them and the pickups sound great.

    This one sold for near 1200

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148356&icep_item=183167245877

    This one for 1100
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148356&icep_item=192545032089
     
  18. Thrup'ny Bit

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    Isn't it funny how unliked Strats from 35-40 years ago are now highly desirable collectors items? :)
     
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    You're correct on both points. After I posted, I looked up the CV 50s spec and saw that it is indeed alder.

    I only play clean, with light amp drive, and have found that the pickups on my 2006/7 Mex Standard give me a very sweet tone, especially with a good delay pedal on my Deluxe Reverb Reissue. Therefore, I was guessing that players who prefer the CV pickups must be looking for a different sound. I've since seen others post more in line with your comments. My mistake.

    I can only post my experience that of the four or five CVs that I've auditioned over the years, the necks felt smaller, and the bodies felt dead. No lively acoustic overtones like you usually get with alder, or--especially--ash. The fit and finish for everything visible was consistently high on all of them, which is what made me want to pick them up. I've *tried* to like them!
     
  20. monwobobbo

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    well i think that that has been addressed in the price increase. keep in mind that the more guitars that use the same parts they make the cheaper those parts will be for them to buy in bulk. i doubt the actual cost will exceed more than $10 (if that) and they raised the price $50
     
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