NGD: Back in the fold with an Am Pro II

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Axis29, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. Axis29

    Axis29 Strat-O-Master

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    I'm back, back in the saddle aga-ain! LOL

    So, I did solicit some requests for motivation a few weeks ago... It was really a foregone conclusion.

    I had received an offer from MF, over eBay about a Demo model. I hesitated, and lost the first time around. When the second time came around? I did not lose.

    I got it first thing this morning. I had a little trepidation about buying a demo... But, my fears were for nothing! It came double boxed in cardboard, and inside the beautiful new Fender hard case! I mean, I had seen them online, but man, in person, that thing is absolutely beautiful!

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    When I cracked open the case, I was shocked. But, in a great way! This new gal of mine is a stunner! Granted, in a very classic, maybe even boring, fashion... The beautiful Fender 3 tone sunburst! The nice medium dark rosewood board.

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    Love the nice light alder body. I threw it on a postal scale and it came in at a cool 7 lbs 11 oz. I love it, feels nice and light! Be great for those three and four hour gigs!

    Action is nice all over the neck. Feels like a Strat should with it's nice soft rounded fretboard edges! Oh, it feel so nice!


    I've owned a number of Strats before. But, never a USA made one. My first was the one that got away, a 1982 MIJ ST-62. It was one of the best guitars I've ever played... I literally wore the frets down to the rosewood. Thinking all Strats would play that way, I stupidly traded it away in a fruitless tone search. It was a beautiful 3 tone sunburst as well.

    I owned a MIJ Photflame, a Squier Affinity, a Classic Player 50's (shoreline gold, what a beautiful guitar!), a shell pink partscaster, and the other 3TSB one of the very first Roadworn 60's. All of them were chasing the feel of that first one. This new AmProII is probably the closest.

    I am looking forward to hours and hours of playing pleasure and frustration to come!


    Also, let me revisit this demo thing... I went over this guitar from end to end... I could only find a tiny, tiny ding, so small, so shallow I couldn't get it to show up on camera. It's on the back, and I had to hold the guitar at a very oblique angle to even find it... I'll put more than that in before next week! So, I would not hesitate for one second if considering a good price on a demo guitar form MF, through eBay!
     
  2. jbylake

    jbylake Fabulously Famous Nobody Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Wow that's a beauty alright. Love those AM Pro's. I had an American Pro mahogany neck installed on my mod shop. enjoy, if you can wipe that smile on your face off, long enough to play it..:D
     
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  3. Antstrat

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    Congrats, that’s a beauty :thumb:
     
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    Beautiful specimen....classic sunburst is always desirable.Congratulaions!!
     
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  5. Tony65x55

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    Beautiful guitar. I have the Miami Blue AmPro2 and absolutely love it. It is a truly wonderful Strat in every way. I hope you love yours as much!
     
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  6. TheWorldsAStage

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    Very nice! Some good looking grain in that alder!
     
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    Really handsome strat.Have a good time with it!
     
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    Erik_C Strat-Talker

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    What a beautiful guitar! Congrats!
     
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  9. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    HNGD!
     
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  10. nadzab

    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    Excellent choice, and that's a beautiful example. My AmProII is the finest Strat I've ever played. I love the neck so much, I bought one to install on my Performer.
     
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    Looks great, really like the body grain on and the cream hardware goes really well. Classic is definitely a good description for how that one looks.
     
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    aviamsi Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Great color choice. HNGD!
     
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  13. fos1

    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Wow! Very nice. I love the color and grain pattern.

    I bet it plays just as well!
     
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    A beauty! Good luck with it.
     
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    I have not seen a Pro II finish that I like better than that finish.

    Enjoy,
    Bob
     
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    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Nice! HNGD.
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    I am not opposed to figure, swirls, etc in wood. I have a pine bodied Telecaster that has big knots and termite trails across the surface.... But, the understated elegance of some nice, relatively straight grain alder is really pleasing.

    I agree with everyone that these necks are spectacular! Fender really hit a home run with the carve.

    It's funny, I never really thought of Fender as producing such a high end guitar... But, between the guitar itself, the case, and cute little vinyl pouch for the case candy? I need to reassess.

    I'll be gushing about this one for a while!
     
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    Slyy Strat-Talker

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    Congrats on the new Axe!
     
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    Ruscio Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    That's terrific! You can't go wrong with a nice 3TSB, the grain on yours is outstanding, and the fretboard complements it really well. Looks like a keeper!
     
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    HNGD! Beautiful guitar. Love the Am Pro II
     
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