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Help me buy/build my first strat for blues

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Jeremy05, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    31
    Nov 16, 2017
    Michigan
    I have been considering the srv signature but started thinking maybe I could build one cheaper really would like some feedback all I know for sure is I want jumbo frets and blues pickups
     

  2. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    France
    You want a Strat for blues???? Any Strat will do that......or is there something more you are looking for???
     

  3. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    Nov 16, 2017
    Michigan
    Do they make an American standard with jumbo frets
     

  4. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    Nov 16, 2017
    Michigan
    Also I'm trying to get a Jimi Hendrix/srv blues tone
     
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  5. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    The American Special has jumbo frets and Texas Special pickups.
     

  6. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    Spend tons of money and time building your guitar.
    Get it exactly where you want it, perfect.
    I'll steal it.

    I guarantee you will have the blues.
     

  7. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    Haha you show up at my house to steal something you'll limp away with a bullet in your ass
     

  8. Highway Star

    Highway Star Strat-Talker

    Get a guitar you love to play. That's the best guitar you can get.
     

  9. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    31
    Nov 16, 2017
    Michigan
    I like that American special I'm going to see if they have one at guitar center I can play on.. one thing I didn't like was I could only get black on the hss and I'm not crazy about the look of there pickup set up I want something more traditional
     

  10. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    You can get one in SSS.
     

  11. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Blues isn't in the pickups. Or the frets. Find a guitar you are comfortable playing and play. If the blues is in you, it will come out of the amp.

    :D
     

  12. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    Nov 16, 2017
    Michigan
    I realize you can play the blues on any guitar my concern is with the tone
     

  13. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Stevie didnt use anything special guitar wise. Neither did Jimi. Get a Strat you like playing and play. Any vintage style Strat will get you there, even a Classic Vibe 50's or 60's.

    Their tone came from the way they played and what they plugged into. Effects, and most importantly, the amps.
     

  14. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
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    Nov 16, 2017
    Michigan
    I see well thank you everybody for the feedback
     

  15. Highway Star

    Highway Star Strat-Talker

    I would say that not even the amp is essential. Albert King used a lot of different amps during his life. Not very common amps for blues like Peavey and Roland Jazz Chorus. Music is in your soul. Get equipment you love to play and makes it fun for you :thumb:
     
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  16. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    A Blues guitar starter kit! I somehow need to piece this together and market it......nobody steal my idea! :cool:
     

  17. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

    You will need a hat or a headband then.
    Seriously, any decent Strat should be ok
    Good luck
     
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  18. Omar

    Omar Most Inquisitive Junior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 9, 2017
    Marbella, Spain
    I used to think like you; I wanted a guitar that "plays" blues. Well, any guitar can give you bluesy feel, because it is a "style" after all. As @Ebidis and @fezz parka said, pickups and amp give the tone, however, it is the way you play blues.
     

  19. himijendrix

    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    70
    May 2, 2012
    Barrow Upon Soar, UK
    Are you sure about jumbo frets? I've always had medium jumbo which suit me fine (i have the blues quite regularly), I tried a buddy of mine's strat with jumbo frets and hated the thing. Its very easy to press down too hard and make the note go sharp.
     
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  20. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Doesn't even have to be decent. Some of the bluesiest tones come from crappy pickups.