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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Travis2021, Apr 6, 2021 at 4:37 PM.
Especially if you know who to ignore. ^^^^^^
For sure !!
Yep. And/or you'll play it so much that your grandkids will be on strat-talk someday asking for advice on refretting or neck replacement for grandpa's old guitar.
Hold out for the real thing.
I’m all for buying guitar builds from small scale builders. But I wouldn’t buy one that I had not played (and loved) unless it was recommended by a very trusted source. Resale value sucks. That said I want to buy an Oswald for $1800.
I can't really know, but the poles look shiny like steel, not alnico.
Thanks for all the advice..... I am really stressed about this whole thing now.... But, I really do appreciate the time and knowledge offered. Live and learn.... right?
That’s what I was thinking, but the pictures weren’t clear enough for me to tell...
I’m not an expert but the neck looks odd to me. If that wood is unvarnished, it looks too clean.
#1, it sure ain't a fender neck & anybody tryin to pass it off as one can't be trusted.
For $500 you can get a better guitar than that.
Hi Travis. Welcome.
I know it's tempting to think you might get a really special guitar for a great price. Some day it will happen for you, but this doesn't appear to be the day.
Before I go running off at the mouth, what other guitars do you have?
Guitars are not investments. They are an expense. A Gibson L4 sold new in 1944 for $400. In 2021 money that is $6000. You can get one depending on condition for $3500 to $5000. Maybell Carter's guitar is selling for 6 figures but it was Ms Carters guitar.
Nuttin to stress about. 1st world problems. The right guitar will come along.
El cheapo Tremolo block is a give away, subpar strat there indeed.
Lookin like a Squier SE.....full size body, easy to mod.....that neck looks like a chinese one, no truss rod plug, and no skunk stripe.
I had one and gave it away. I kept the body, swimming pool'd the
pickup cavity, used a CV 70's neck, and put hum size P90s on it.
Put a Fender decal on it........Never!
Don't worry, be happy.
Having owned and bought/set up/resold scores of guitars over 30 years... use common sense. Take the guitar to a pro setup guy and ask him what it is worth and why. Rely on an expert; not 'here-say' .
That’s a tricky call, $500 isn’t very much, but you can get a fender classic player 50’s -60’s used for roughly that and they are guaranteed great.
That being said, if the guy who made it (I assume it’s probably just a parts-caster so put the screws in it) bought great parts, pickups ect, and it plays like a ****ing demon, then sure.
Or if it has unique features you can’t find on stock models, like a gigantic, 1.25” boat backed banana hands neck. id definitely pop off the pick guard and check the PU’s as a staring point. The neck doesn’t look very high end imo. Looks like a cheaper fender or dare I say squire...which again isn’t a deal breaker but it’s getting close
I have noticed at least here in Houston what seems to be a bit of the breaking of the overpriced used MIM Fenders.
Perhaps since covid seems to be less domineering and people are moving about. I have seen a MIM Telecaster FSR
for 425.00 and an FSR Strat for 600.00....prices may stabilize further as time rolls on. There are plenty
of how to's and advice video's and columns online about how to spot a fake.Look at some and read some.
Arm yourself against the scammers but rest assured there are reasonable folks out there selling so they can get something new and or are simply "thinning their herd"
You may not believe this but your first will not likely be your only or your last.
" Take it as it comes, take it easy baby don't move too fast don't you want your "love" to last......"
So glad you posted here first, everyone’s so spot one with the comments.
Definitely look into fender classic players (now vintera) for vintage and slightly modernized vintage specs)
Or a Fender Player , modern and ease of play. these are fantastic quality, reasonable priced, and depending on what you get will certainly hold some value. Especially the classic players, road worns, in limited or desirable color ways.