I have no interest in Suhr, Nash, Anderson etc ... am I alone?

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by stratocarlster, Aug 2, 2020.

Would you buy a non-Fender/Squier strat?

  1. No way, it's got to be the 'real thing'

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  2. Sure, why not, it's the quality of the guitar that matters

    92 vote(s)
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  3. I make an exception for classic MIJs but generally, no

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  4. Yes but only partscasters that I build/assemble myself

    19 vote(s)
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  1. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Like many others no doubt, I enjoy trawling the online classifieds -- from local, eg Gumtree/CL, to national eg ebay/Reverb. I see lots of strat/tele copies, including the respected names in the thread title, that are no doubt fine instruments yet I always scroll right past. If I'm going to buy a strat/tele/jazzmaster, it's going to be a Fender or Squier. This is of course, an emotional, irrational point of view, but I'm stuck with it.

    Brainwashed? Sure. Not to mention hypocritical, as I would happily buy a Tokai Love Rock, Bacchus Live Road et al. But when it comes to Leo's designs, it has to be a Fender (yeah I know it's not the same company anymore).

    I am a little curious how many others share this strange affliction ... so here comes the poorly designed poll.
     
  2. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I’ve had many Suhr’s. The only thing better about them is SS frets. Although, I think Tom Anderson guitars top fender and Suhr.
     
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    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    There is a correlation lurking here somewhere. The more time and effort expended on collateral matters, the less time and effort will be expended in using the bloody things for the purpose which they were intended - namely, playing and making music.
     
  4. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Do it. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    When it comes to Strats, give me Fender or give me NOTHING.
     
  5. Opj77

    Opj77 Strat-Talker

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    Who makes the spendy Strat knock-offs with step on the bottom of the headstock?
     
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    WelhavenT Strat-Talker

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    Just bought my first Fender Stratocaster a week ago actually. Figured that since I love strats, I should at least own one with Fender on the headstock :)

    I’ve owned two tele’s, a Jazzmaster and five strats that neither was a Fender.

    edit: I do know these models are called S-type, T-type and so on...
     
  7. mattlikespizza

    mattlikespizza Strat-Talk Member

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    I'm not sure why, but I've never been able to get excited about Suhr guitars. I would play the hell out of one if it was given to me, but they just lack the pizazz that a Strat has visually. I'm sure the quality is top-notch though. I feel like I would just build a Warmoth partscaster before I would drop 3k+ on one though. This is all strictly visual/cost-related.
     
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    jmontgomery Strat-Talker

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    I voted option two, sure why not. That said, there is only one company that makes the Stratocaster. If you want a Stratocaster you have to buy a Fender.
     
  9. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Jaguar Convert Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No interest in those brands due to price. I’m sure they’re nice guitars, but not paying that price for any guitar.
     
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    ibdrkn1 Strat-Talker

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    I'm right there with you. I don't see the point of trying to "Out-Fender" Fender. If you can make a quality "Fender" for less (Tokai, Greco......) then fine. If you have a product that's better than Fender fine, but at least make it your own (like P.R.S. did).
     
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  11. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Tom Anderson guitars are on a whole different level. My Drop Top is my most played guitar I own.

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  12. Ebidis

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

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    I don't care who makes it if it's a good guitar. However, I can't see myself spending the kind of money for an electric guitar that those brands cost.
     
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    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    Anderson makes top notch guitars, quite a few pros out there playing Anderson teles.
     
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    soulman969 Strat-O-Master

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    Then why not look at a G&L Legacy, Comanche or S500?

    Those are all Leo's designs and he did own G&L until the day he died. IMHO these are all some of what a Fender Strat would have become had Leo never sold Fender to begin with. :)
     
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    It's not because I have no interest in them. I just make myself not interested since I won't be able to afford one. HAHA
     
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    I've never played either an Anderson or a Suhr but I'm sure I'd like them. Won't own them just because of the price though, same as the high end Fenders. $6-700 used USA Fendes are already more guitar than I need so that's where I'll stay.
     
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    I mostly buy used, a 50-70% reduction in price helps :)
     
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    Neophyte16 Strat-Talker

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    Rarely see those brands from where Im from. And when I see one it, I can buy a used late 90s car with the price.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    the only suhr i tried is still one of the best guitars i ever picked up off a rack.
    so was the only custom shop strat i tried.

    but if i was gonna spend that much i would buy a used fender custom shop.
     
  20. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I’ve compared my Zencaster one-to-one with CS guitars. I don’t think there’s a better playing or sounding guitar at any price, so I don’t care about Suhr, Anderson, CS, etc. It’s like the menu at Ruth’s Chris... you can spend a lot on dinner, but a steak can only get so good.