How far can you go before a Strat stops being a strat?

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  1. MC5tooge

    MC5tooge Strat-Talk Member

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    Is it the star that's the step too far? Or the Gibson style bridge and pickups?
     

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    The 1970s was a funny old time...
     
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    metrokosmiko Strat-Talk Member

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    I might be alone in this, but I say middle pickup.

    If you take out the middle single coil pickup it's not a strat anymore.

    All the HSH guitars get called "superstrats". The HH not so much.
     
  4. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    According to Fender at least.. a guitar is mostly dictated by its body shape. They've basically made a Strat with a Tele body, and called it ____ Tele.
     
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    MC5tooge Strat-Talk Member

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    Interesting. Perhaps Bjorn's guitar is more Jazzmaster than Strat.
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    IMO, it's not a Strat if it hasn't got something close to a P-Bass body shape. A Strat neck on a Tele is a Tele, a Strat neck on a Jazzmaster is a Jazzmaster. Fender has made HH Strats, (the Blacktop model comes to mind) so it's not the middle pickup.

    The word for that weird star-shaped guitar with two humbuckers, a Strat neck, and a Tune-O-Matic is "abomination." It can't be comfortable to play.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I was about to say 1966 but you beat me to it...
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I like pointy but that one has about 12 too many points for my taste.

    I think this is still a strat though there those that will avert their eyes with distain.
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  9. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    loose terms for sure. How about Les Paul?
    You would think that it had to have a sinclecut body, 2 humbuckers, set neck and a carved maple cap?
    Maybe, but the DC Les Paul has only 1 out of these 4 fatures
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Is it bad that I kinda want it? o_O
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Why doesn't that surprise me? :whistling:
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Because you’ve known me for a while and know I have no taste? :whistling:
     
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    Stratman84 Strat-Talker

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    I never got the whole “Modern Art” thing...;)
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    hamerfan Strat-Talker

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    The introduction of the veneer board was the first step towards The Dark Side, me thinks.
     
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    StratMike10 Dr. Stratster Gold Supporting Member

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    A strat might no longer be a strat if...

    1. If it doesn't fit a strat case
     
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    Caddy Strat-Talker

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    If it isn't SSS or have a working trem.
     
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    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    EXTRABLUE Strat-Talker

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    Its not a strat if it doesnt have a strat shape! It doesnt matter what neck is on it. Anything could be a Fender if Fender produced it.
     
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    smithstrato Senior Stratmaster

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    +1 Shape
    Original recipe should be considered.
    +1 middle pu