Help me pick the right Strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by thenomadsoul, Jan 13, 2021.

Which color do you prefer?

  1. Roasted Ash with Rosewood fingerboard

  2. Sierra Burst with Maple fingerboard

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  1. thenomadsoul

    thenomadsoul Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi,

    I am on the market for a new Stratocaster. I am trying to get as close as possible to the classic Strat tone (I have been playing mostly Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the last year). I currently own a single guitar (Epiphone Las Paul PlusTop Pro) and this would be my first American Fender!

    I went to Guitar Center and tried a bunch of guitar, and I am very impressed by the American Professional Pro II. Do you guys think that could be a good option for the sound I want to achieve, without any additional pick-up mod? I am currently planning to keep using my GTX100 amp, but I am planning to upgrade to a tube amp in the close future.

    Among the possible color options, I really like the Roasted Ash with Rosewood fingerboard in pine.
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    Unluckily, I couldn't find this color at Guitar Center, and I was wondering if people have any feedback on that color, if you had the chance to see it in real life.
    My biggest concert about that color option is the
    (i) it does not have a maple fingerboard (could that be a downside)
    (ii) it is not the classic Strat color and might not have the same resell value as a more classic color.

    Second color option that I really like is the Sierra Burst with maple fingerboard.

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    Any feedback or suggestion would be super appreciated!

    Thank you
     
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  2. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    Sienna with RW but that’s cause I don’t like natural wood look on electrics or maple boards on anything but a BSB Tele.
     
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  3. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum and congrats on your soon to be Strat.

    Now, not to be an ass but what do YOU like? Which one sounds the best to YOU?

    Don’t buy for resale value, buy to play and enjoy yourself.

    It’s that simple.
     
  4. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Welcome @thenomadsoul !

    I would say pick the one you like neck shape and sound of most.
     
  5. thenomadsoul

    thenomadsoul Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you guys so many answers in such a short time!!

    Is there any downside to rosewood vs maple neck? When I decided I wanted a strat I Was completely convinced to get a maple neck, but now I am not so sure anymore :D
     
  6. Stratoskater

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    The intraweb will tell you rosewood is warmer and maple snappier and brighter but I’ve never found that to be an absolute. Also I don’t press the strings hard enough to touch the board (otherwise it pulls the note sharp) so my strings really only touch the frets. I personally just like the look of rosewood and ebony, especially on light colored guitars. Gives a nice contrast.
     
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  7. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Soundwise no. Eric Clapton for example prefers maple over rosewood simply because he likes the feel. Others because of aesthetics. There is no downside either way.
     
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    Dibbs Strat-O-Master

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    I've got one very close to the roasted ash, needless to say, I love wood grain. It's a great looking axe. Before you start going crazy with mods and changes, try the sounds of the pickups in all positions. The pickups flat against the pickguard, sound very different than when you start raising them, and putting a slant on the elevation.
     
  9. EyeLikeTortoise

    EyeLikeTortoise Strat-Talk Member

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    All of my guitars and basses are rosewood boards, mainly because I like the look of it. I also like the feel of rosewood. Get whatever excites you.
     
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    Any Fender guitar with 3 single coil pickups will be fine.
    If you want to be picky about your pickups, the most vintage style ones are probably on the Vintura, Classic Series, Classic Player, AVRI, ect.
    But I wouldn’t let any of that get in your way. Choosing a guitar that you love how it looks can be a supreme motivator to practice, which is the best way to sound like your hero’s.
     
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  11. AxemanVR

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    As some of the others have alluded to, I choose either maple or rosewood for aesthetic reasons rather than tone or feel (they both sound and feel good to me).

    In other words, I like both - depending on how they balance with the rest of the guitar parts.

    Here are some of mine, in no particular order:

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    Would Sir not consider the most Classic 3 Color Sunburst, as... an homage to the Late, Great Stephen Ray Vaughen? A Sunburst for Sir?



    If not – I vote for the Pine with Rosewood, personally... – but you won't go wrong with either :) !
     
  13. thenomadsoul

    thenomadsoul Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey guys thank you all for the suggestions and feedback! That is exactly what I needed to hear! I pulled the plug on the Roasted Ash + rosewood, I will post pictures as soon as it ships!!
     
  14. thenomadsoul

    thenomadsoul Strat-Talk Member

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    So many beautiful guitars!! I think the Tele and the rosewood burst Tele are my favorites!
     
  15. StratPlus97

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    Most of your questions seem to be personal preference questions. Honestly, who cares what other people think about a color. Choose a color that you like. I also think it’s not such a great idea to choose caller preference over fretboard preference. Find out first if you like maple, or Rosewood... you may even find out that it doesn’t matter.
     
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    Can I pick the first one
    Then
    Borrow it for moral support while I heal?
    Set it in the corner where it comes I no harms way
     
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    Raw ash looks like @$$, burst looks like @$$ and a half.

    Surf green or Lake Placid Blue.
     
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    Personally I like maple or ebony on my Strats and teles, but it's all personal preference.

    Rosewood needs to be cleaned more often and requires conditioning... but it's a 20 minute job ... and we should be cleaning our guitars at least annually anyway.
     
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    I’d say ‘yes’ to both - but only in lacquer.

    I once had a poly surf green Strat (1999 Fender Classic Series 50s Reissue) and it looked like a plastic toy...



     
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    Welcome! Get what looks and feels best to you. Happy Hunting!