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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by FuzzFace90, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. FuzzFace90

    FuzzFace90 Strat-Talker

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    Well, folks, I have finally joined the club and bought a USA Strat! A new EJ strat showed up at my door today courtesy of Musician’s Friend. The fit and finish are perfect and I am very impressed. I was worried about the neck size as I had read it was very large. While it is a baseball bat I believe the 12” radius offsets any difficulties one would have playing a larger neck. It is much more comfortable than my classic ‘70s strat with a U-shape neck and I believe this is due to radius differences. Although I play .09s and with a floating trem, I found the factory setup felt like butter and I played a couple of hours with no fatigue. The hallmark of a good guitar.

    With that said, after playing the EJ strat for a while, my opinion of my 2019 ‘50s classic strat is higher now. I purchased the classic right before the line was rebranded to vintera. As the EJ is based on a ‘57 strat I have to say the classic has nailed the contours and pickups. The key difference being finish and neck size.

    I am very impressed with this guitar and I am glad to finally own a US strat.

    Cheers!
     
  2. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Sweet!
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    Good for you, what a beauty!
     
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  4. FuzzFace90

    FuzzFace90 Strat-Talker

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    Thank you, it really is. There’s something about a black strat!
     
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    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Very nice choice. Enjoy.
     
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    BigNorm Senior Stratmaster

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    HNGD ! Very nice Strat ! Enjoy !
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member

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    The maple neck EJ strats are my favorite Fender. I like the pups and the neck feels so good.

    Congrates on your EJ
     
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  8. shupe13

    shupe13 Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats!
     
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  9. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    Great one!
     
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  10. FuzzFace90

    FuzzFace90 Strat-Talker

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    I gotta say, I cannot wait for the stickiness to come off the neck. :D
     
  11. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    The sticky neck was the reason I sold mine many years ago.
     
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  12. TimJ

    TimJ Strat-O-Master

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    yeah, I had issues with the sticky neck. It seems odd that they ship what is otherwise such a great guitar that way (does anyone really think about a guitar, "hey, this neck isn't sticky enough, if only Fender offered that as an option"?) but it's curable.

    Anyway - distracting from the point - HNGD.
     
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  13. FuzzFace90

    FuzzFace90 Strat-Talker

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    That stinks, so it never smoothed out for you then?

    After cruising guitar forums for years and seeing some of the compulsions players have I would not doubt someone has thought that. Haha

    Thanks.
     
  14. Erik_C

    Erik_C Strat-Talk Member

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    HNGD! She's a beauty!
     
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    HazyPurple Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Like! :thumb:
     
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    Baelzebub Most Honored Senior Member

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    HNGD!
     
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    bikehomero Strat-Talker

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    Congrats on that beauty! I've just bougt a AVRI57 and the neck feels sticky at first as well. To me it's gone within few days of playing it. Maybe I just got used to it, or it really got better.
     
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  18. FuzzFace90

    FuzzFace90 Strat-Talker

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    Yeah I think putting in some hours should do the trick. My final choices were this guitar and a AVRI57 I hopped on this one because of its 12” neck radius. But I’m sure an AVRI is in my future.
     
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    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Mr. Jealousy here...

    HNGD
     
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  20. Audiowonderland

    Audiowonderland Strat-Talker

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    Yes there is...
     
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