Getting My First Stratocaster for Recording

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Richard_Byrne, Apr 24, 2020.

American or Mexican?

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  1. Richard_Byrne

    Richard_Byrne New Member!

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    Hey guys! My name's Richard and I'm a recording engineer in Dublin, Ireland.
    Long story short, I'm looking at getting a Strat for artists to use when recording, and I was looking for opinions on which model of Strat you'd like if you went in to record in a studio. Also, do you think it's worth the money to go American made? Many thanks in advance! - Richard
     
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  2. shupe13

    shupe13 Senior Stratmaster

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    I use MIM Fenders. They fit my budget and I have zero complaints. That said, I'm not a purist and I haven't used these guitars in a studio.

    If I had a studio and the finances I'd probably buy an Ultra or Elite.

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    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    Mexican with a quality noiseless pickup set on it...
     
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  4. americanstrat98

    americanstrat98 Strat-Talker

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    Used American, with a good set up.
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Doesnt HAVE to be an american... If you find a good sounding mexican that plays good (which arent that rare) its the best deal.

    Some mexican fenders are GREAT, mostly the new ones (from 2006ish on)
     
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    David Garner Senior Stratmaster

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    Either. Get a good set of engineer friendly pickups like SSL-1s whichever way you go, though.
     
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    This is great! Thanks for the help fellas!
     
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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    This forum is great, indeed lol.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    MIM, used. Classic Strat SSS setup. I'd throw on an Armstrong Blender mod (SSS blends to HSH) as it gives a Strat a much wider palette of tones to work with while keeping the stock classic single coils. You might consider a reverse angle pickguard for Hendrix vibes (amazon/ebay for $10).

    With the left over cash, I'd also get several different Harley Benton models because they are inexpensive platforms (Strat/LP/Tele/PRS styles) -- often in a studio you are not only looking for playability but for different tones/sounds. Playability of any guitar can be made dramatically better with a pro fret level (if a guitar needs it) and setup that runs around $100 per guitar -- best mod for the money. If you have the Benton models you can buy more of them and swap in fun pickup sets like lipsticks, goldfoils, noisy, noiseless, single coils in series, split humbuckers, P90s, and more.

    One of Sylvia's studio tours she shows her most popular amp ... a Gorilla 8" practice amp or the equivalent -- seeking unique and interesting rather than famous big brand gear.



    Ry Cooder playing his Cooder Caster, includes a gold foil neck and a lap steel bridge pickup. He largely kicked off the whole goldfoil industry (that started with yanking 60s Teisco/Kay/etc pickups and throwing away the guitar husks until pickup winders caught on).


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  11. Hanson

    Hanson Senior Stratmaster

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    I am assuming that the Strat is for professional musicians to use while tracking at the Studio? I would buy a used in good condition 2012-2016 MIA.