If I Had Up To $2K To Spend On A Fender Stratocaster...

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by grumpah, Jul 23, 2021.

  1. CigBurn

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    I'd find an old Teisco del ray for a hundred bucks or something.. that will make your partscasters feel like angel kisses. :)
     
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    Stratoskater Fuzz Meister General

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    If it has to be Fender then an EJ but I’d get a PRS Silver Sky. Once I bought mine I sold both my EJs.
     
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    Nothing personal, but rules are rules. :D
     
  4. rolandson

    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    Quite honestly, solely for reference purposes, a MIJ cira 1975 will run about $700 and....is a faithfully masterful reproduction of late fifties and early sixties Strats.

    So well done in fact that fender, who had contracted for cheap budget imports, got mad at them for producing a better quality instrument than the US versions.

    But from what you've posted, you've already nailed it. So if you want it, want it to play, not reverse engineer.
     
  5. Bladesg

    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    Go play a bunch of American Original and Professionals and find one that stands out to you in some way. There shouldn't be anything requiring an upgrade here except for potentially the pickups.
     
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    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    For 2k you could get a Squier CV Strat and Tele, plus an Epiphone Les Paul - that way you'd have good 'benchmarks' for three different classic designs, and you should still have quite a bit of money left over too.

    If I had 2k to spend on a Strat though, I'd probably go for some sort of '60s reissue. Or maybe an MIM Classic Series or Vintera and a really nice amp.
     
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    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Once?
     
  8. Roger66

    Roger66 Senior Stratmaster Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    I Love My EC Blackie. That's a GREAT one, I think. I changed mine over to a David Gilmour Blackie with the EMG DG-20's that he supposedly uses, the short Trem bar and the 'secret switch' that activates the neck pickup so one can use all 3 pickups. The Blackie has a blocked Trem. But you can take it out, twirl in a bar and you are ready to go. It does have active electronics which are actually pretty good. They are new around $1700 leaving you money to put SD's in it and passive guts. It is a pretty good example of newer strat. A Reissue as mentioned above would be excellent as well. Have fun and let us know what you pick.
     
  9. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member Silver Member

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    I really love my PRS SS but not to the point of selling off an EJ strat, they are so different.
     
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    This is where I would start . Great guitars to be had there . I always try to find the best guitar I can afford, not the cheapest . There is a better chance you’ll find a great guitar at the AO line than the Classic Vibe line. You’ll have a well built guitar that you won’t have to do a thing to.
     
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    I can't see how it cost $2000+ for a CNC block of wood with a CNC neck on it.
     
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    Chipss36 Strat-O-Master

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    I cannot see how you cannot see this.


    Not built with China/Mexican labor?
    Nitro finish? Better pickups, better tuners, better pots, better fretwork…

    Provides jobs in the USA?

    The list goes on and on….

    But I get it, the masses shop by price, and nothing else matters.




     
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    That's not my point. But I see you're not one of the masses.
     
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    Go with a used AV (as opposed to AVRI - the series made prior to 2012). The AV's of 2012 to 2016 are so excellent in continuing the production before all the subsequent "improvements". Leo made 'em right the first time, IMHO.
     
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    I only need one S style. The rosewood and Semi Hollow EJ were cool but not enough for me to keep them.
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member Silver Member

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    I ran with scissors once...but just once, I guess this is where I ended up at..................................................................................................

    Is this Heaven?
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member Silver Member

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    You know I've finally come to the conclusion that a well made guitar, built in any country, can be a fine instrument.

    But only practice makes you better.

    That said...signing out so I can practice
     
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    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    The Fender Original series would tick that box. I’ve played a bunch (about a dozen) and own a 60s Original Strat, and all have been excellent. I was in the same boat, and I wanted a “real” SSS Strat too. Spent about 6 months sampling stuff, ended up with the Original 60s. Great sounding and playing guitar. A lot smoother sounding that I was expecting.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    You want to buy a guitar to not play it? Call me crazy, but that sounds kinda crazy.
     
  20. grumpah

    grumpah Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I have picked up an SRV Neck and I will slap it into a spare body I have that is in need of a neck. I am pretty happy with my neck and middle pickups [5.9k AlNiCo III] but am not entirely thrilled with any of the bridge pickups I have wound. Any recommendations?