Finally, after 29 years of playing I got a legit Fender Stratocaster

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by misanthrope222001, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. misanthrope222001

    misanthrope222001 Strat-Talk Member

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    I started playing guitar in 1991 on a friends mim stratocaster. My family wasn't that well off so when christmas came around; they did the best they could and got me a used b.c rich (and I was happy to have my 1st guitar). Ever since, I have always wanted a legit strat but could not afford one because I've always had responsibilities and people to take care of first. Never owned more than one guitar at once. I've owned several squires in the past and have always loved how easy the strat design is to setup and maintain. I've never even purchased a guitar brand new (because of the compromises you have to make compared to a used guitar of the same price).

    Well I finally completed my 29 year journey (pathetic, I know) to get an actual legit fender strat. Brand new too! It's a plus top in tobacco sunburst and Pau Ferro fingerboard (i know what your thinking). I am actually quite happy with the fingerboard and think the grain is gorgeous on this particular guitar (it looks like brush strokes). All and all, I am very happy with my purchase and, after a good setup, the action is surprisingly low and free of fret buzz. Only thing I am fighting is the ring out between the nut and the tuner posts (stops as soon as I touch the string above the nut). I figure its probably a bad break angle cut into the nut from the factory.

    I will say I had to buy a gig bag for the time being because of finances. I went with the "fender electric guitar" bag (with the red logo on the corner). It is the flimsiest gig bag I have ever gotten and don't think it has any padding or foam in it at all. Just the nylon mesh outer. I only got the bag for transport so it'll work; but most of the generic gig bags I have gotten in the past had tons of padding and storage options. Not a big gripe.

    Since there are so many differing opinions on P.F. fretboards; let me know what you think of this one (it's cool to say you think it is ugly as hell, I can take it).

    Hopefully I will have this guitar until my fingers are no longer able to travel up and down it's beautiful neck. I think I will call her "Clementine". If you are still reading, thanks for taking the time!
     

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  2. Nate D

    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    Congrats!! Gorgeous guitar. Super stoked for you.
     
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    Congrats on a beautiful guitar and I hope it gives you a lifetime of enjoyment playing it.
    Btw, not pathetic at all, we've all been there.
     
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  4. valor19

    valor19 Strat-O-Master Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats! Great looking guitar!
     
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    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Excellent hope you enjoy.
     
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    JohnMac Strat-Talker

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    Congrats! That's a beauty. That fretboard color is perfect for that guitar.

    And welcome here, BTW.
     
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  7. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    Looks awesome.
     
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    JamesE Strat-O-Master

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    Some things in life are worth waiting for. I am sure you will appreciate that guitar far more than any Rock God with a shed full of guitars. Well done!
     
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    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    Are ya gonna relic it?
    Just kidding
    Congrats
     
  11. misanthrope222001

    misanthrope222001 Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for all the support! I feel like a kid again. One of the best parts about this is...... No more Floyd Roses..... EVER!!!!
     
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    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats!!!
    Glad your happy and enjoying your new guitar!!!
     
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  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    sweet strat!
    throw some 11s on it for awhile and that nut thing will fix itself.
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    Nice. I like the Players.
     
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    Welcome to the forum.
    Congratulations! The burst makes a great match with the pau ferro fretboard, IMHO.
     
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    Great choice ! Very nice !
     
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    Yes we have
     
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    Ace38 Strat-O-Master

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    That's a beaut! Congrats on a dream realized.
     
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    CephasG Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats! Great choice and story. :)
     
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    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I love the fretboard! HNGD.
     
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