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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by problem-child, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. problem-child

    problem-child Strat-O-Master

    800
    Aug 28, 2008
    Left Coast, USA
    I've been thinking about this subject for a while now, but the SWG post got me thinking again. What "feature" will make you turn away from a guitar? In other words, say you are looking to buy a new potential number one. What will make you immediately remove a guitar from the list of candidates?

    For me:

    SWG, I really don't like that color, or most greens. There are some exceptions.

    Aftermarket tuning keys. I've been playing 40 years and I have never had a set of stock tuners I couldn't make work. This one is an immediate deal breaker for me.

    Matching headstock on a Strat. Yuck... I know some folks love them. I'm not one.

    Relic job unless it is done by the factory. Even then It loses points.

    Blue guitars... I did just buy a blue one though so this is not absolute.

    More than 6 strings.

    I'm sure there are more, but let's see your list.

    And just to show that I know this is all opinion based and we are all different, I love SPARKLE finishes. Not that almost imperceptible metal flake you always see but serious SPARKLE. Like Gretsch sparkle jets. I don't care what color. If I could find a good playing SPARKLE finished Strat I could overlook almost all of the above... well maybe not the aftermarket tuners.


    So what are the "features" that you just can't overlook?
     

  2. elliotj26

    elliotj26 Strat-Talk Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    25
    59
    Oct 21, 2017
    indiana
    Fretboards with no inlays or just one inlay at the 12 fret

    don't like that at all
     
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  3. spizike231

    spizike231 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    24
    168
    Feb 9, 2017
    California
    Aftermarket tuners

    Matching headstock

    2 point trem (or id buy and switch out immediately)

    If a guitar has old strings on it.. or D’Addario strings (acoustic mainly) that get dull after 3 strums of a G chord.. I won’t buy a guitar without hearing it with new strings first

    Used guitars:

    High action

    Garage relic job

    Horrible color combinations

    Tone / volume knobs are either too stiff or too loose
     
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  4. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    76
    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    Left Coast?
     

  5. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2010
    The Midwest
    For me the "wrong" bridge position is a deal-breaker--as in I only play S-S-S. I get that I can change out the bridge pickup, the pot, the pickguard, etc. But by the time I pay for that, I could have bought a Strat at a higher price-point.

    I also agree with the fret markers being a deal-breaker. Its one of the things that steered me away from certain acoustics...I want the markers centered, and I want them in the traditional positions.
     

  6. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    How about this one
    1512536999401.jpg
    Its on 10-12, not just 12.
    This one has become one of my favorites but took me a while to get used to.
    Edit: the inlays are on 11-13... brain fart money earlier.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
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  7. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    31
    555
    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    1. Acoustic
    2. Ugly

    That sums that up.

    Ah yes I forgot number 3.

    3. Is an inflatable guitar.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
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  8. Silvercrow

    Silvercrow Strat-O-Master

    894
    Nov 6, 2014
    Bucks County, Pa.
    Great question! Makes me think...I like that!

    • More than six strings. I have enough trouble with six, why you wanna add 'mo!?!?
    • "Bat Wing", Death Metal, pointy heads and bodies, bodies made to look like demons or other things.
    • Any obvious, serious defects, i.e. warped neck; twisted neck; cracks in the neck pocket (deeper than thru finish), fret sprout, worn frets (requiring attention).
    • "User" mods that cannot be returned to 'normal' / stock (body shape alterations, headstock alterations, routings that looked like they were done by a demented squirrel on acid...)
    • Words or drawings carved into the guitar (exception in hidden areas for security / recovery purposes)
    • ALTERED SERIAL NUMBER
    • Electric Guitar does not have great resonance / acoustic presence unplugged. (I ALWAYS play a potential unplugged first. If it's not resonant, if I cannot feel the vibrations from plucked, higher strings thru the body, I don't care how beautiful or cheap it is- it's not coming with me.)
    This is considering I'm looking for a number one / potential number one. Project guitars / defects could be used to lower price / haggle...BUT the "bolded" items above are immediate deal breakers.

    Brian
     
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  9. Silvercrow

    Silvercrow Strat-O-Master

    894
    Nov 6, 2014
    Bucks County, Pa.
    Ya know, I LIKE that! I could get to be friends with it!

    Brian
     
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  10. Ace38

    Ace38 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    46
    391
    Aug 8, 2016
    Tulsa, OK.
    Assuming that the guitar is in good working condition, I'll say a relic job and if it's that God awful brown sunburst.
     

  11. circles

    circles Senior Stratmaster

    Complicated knobbery. Bigsby equipped. Double necked.
     

  12. avri70

    avri70 Strat-Talker

    378
    May 29, 2014
    planet earth
    Active pickups
     
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  13. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    It's funny, I have almost everyone of the complaints when it comes to the electronics, matching headstock, inlays, etc.
    For me, the requirement I have is nothing with the initials LP or SG. Not that I think they are bad instruments, but I have never been able to get a feel for them.
    I also don't care much for traditional burst finishes either.
    And no Bigsbys
     

  14. Rudi

    Rudi Strat-O-Master

    927
    Apr 19, 2016
    Brisvegas
    I don't buy electric guitars that resonate unplugged.
    I don't buy uncomfortable guitars no matter how good they sound (SG, Tele).
     

  15. Borgatomic

    Borgatomic Strat-Talk Member

    47
    Sep 30, 2017
    Earth
    The price of the guitar.
     

  16. Cuban

    Cuban Strat-Talker

    102
    Mar 18, 2017
    UK
    Maple fretboard
     

  17. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
    London
    • Nothing to wear with it
    • "Yo man! Your mum'll love it.
    • Pre CBS introduced to me as".. just a plain honest Strat, really..."
    • advertised on fleabay
    • In a Pawn shop. Too sad...
    • Signed by a list of welknown guys
     

  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world

  19. Count Glockula®

    Count Glockula® Strat-Talker

    Age:
    106
    170
    Aug 16, 2009
    Fenderland, CA
    For me:

    • Maple neck with “soft V”-shaped profile
    • 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets

    Copied and paste from Fender site on a 50's Strat.
     
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