Silly Strat question? Possibly....

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
38
USA
Find the plays and feels and sounds the way you like. There are loads of different neck shapes, sizes, pickup and wiring variations, etc so it's kind of hard to say that somebody should look for a certain year, model, etc
Good advice. Unfortunately I live in kind of a musical backwater and I know I'll either be driving quite a ways to see and play each strat for sale, or more ideally working from a nationwide Craigslist search engine ask them if they'd consider mailing it. I got my MIM that way. That's why I was hoping there were some years that you all would say "avoid the xxxx's at all costs" "there's something about the "yyyy" production year that was just amazing". That's why I mentioned in the title this was likely a silly question :)
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
38
USA
2012. IMHO we're in an amazing time. The value we get is amazing.
You know it's interesting...there's only one Am. Std near me and it's a 2011 for $800 in arctic silver and hard case and it's a great looking guitar. Even has some original case candy. Funnily enough when I googled that year most people said 'get the 2012' it's a better axe. Thoughts on $800 for the 2011, with maybe some room to negotiate?
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
38
USA
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There is not really a preferred year as if choosing a famous wine.

Choose layout (SSS or HSS), color, and amount of natural relic (age), for a price you like, get it. Or buy parts and build one. Or buy almost what you want and mod it with different parts.

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Makes sense. I'm beginning to get the impression that there really aren't any "lemon" years for Corona strats.
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
38
USA
I've grown out of the American Standard line having played and owned a few Strats built in years between 1997 and 2008.

That said, I would not complain if someone handed me a 2012-2014 era Am Std strat. They come with the Fat 50s pickups, and those are probably the best "stock pickups" in any of the American Standard series.

That said, do check for truss rod and neck warp issues, they do pop up in modern guitars as Fender prioritised quantity over quality like many other manufacturers.
That seems to jibe with what owners of Am. Std. are saying in other places. Thanks Errik
 

blille

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Oct 17, 2016
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You know it's interesting...there's only one Am. Std near me and it's a 2011 for $800 in arctic silver and hard case and it's a great looking guitar. Even has some original case candy. Funnily enough when I googled that year most people said 'get the 2012' it's a better axe. Thoughts on $800 for the 2011, with maybe some room to negotiate?

I would try to push that down. But the only diff between both afaik is that 2012s have fat 50s. Some people like them better, others not. So fine guitar I would love to have :)
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
38
USA
It's not the age, it's the make.

Base your choice on the specs you want. Vintage style frets (thin wire) and 7.25 radius or modern frets (medium jumbo etc...)and 9.5 radius.
Noiseless pups etc...
Speaking of noiseless pups there's a 2007 not too far away (two hours lol) that has Fender Hot noiseless and man do a lot of people hate those things. Do you like them?
 

Yves

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Jan 2, 2016
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Speaking of noiseless pups there's a 2007 not too far away (two hours lol) that has Fender Hot noiseless and man do a lot of people hate those things. Do you like them?

I never played them. I did not get on with the N3 and most recent gen. The ones that work well for me are the Bill Lawrence SCN set. But you've got to play them and find out. In any case, if the neck feels great and plays well.
You can always easily swap the pickups at a later time.
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
38
USA
What’s your reason for choosing the American Standard or series over any of the other upscale Fenders? Is it neck profile, 2-point bridge, fretboard radius, etc...?

I think if I were looking at Strats today, I’d look at whatever models present the features I’m looking for and then I’d play a bunch of them. I’m not sure that year really matters other than it seems sometime in the past 15 years or 20 years or so Fender seems to have gotten their consistency really sorted out.
My reason is GAS and the fact that I knocked over my beloved 2006 60th Ann. MIM and destroyed the headstock when it hit the only thing on a glass armour that could have done any damage, a 1/4" wide metal band that separated the panes. Yup a one in a million shot. Thanks Murphy.
 

68strat

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Jul 16, 2018
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
I have an original 68 that has a real nice neck and the 7 1/4" radius, it really has gone up in value lately compared to the simmilar year examples at Gruhn's, I paid about three bills for it back in 83. I may never sell it, but it sure is cool to have a guitar that goes up in value rather than down!
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
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USA
You'll excuse me since I've been frozen for several thousand years but why don't my replies show up under the post I'm replying to? Having them all collect at the bottom of the thread is weird and possibly causing people to think I didn't reply.
 

Guitarmageddon

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Apr 19, 2014
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You'll excuse me since I've been frozen for several thousand years but why don't my replies show up under the post I'm replying to? Having them all collect at the bottom of the thread is weird and possibly causing people to think I didn't reply.

You have to hit the QUOTE or REPLY button, it always lists them in the order they are posted, but if you quote someone then type after the quote, it shows who you're replying to....like I've just done with you....
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
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You are a gentleman and a scholar. Funny thing is I did hit "reply" under the OP and it still ended up at the bottom of the thread. Now everyone probably thinks I'm an ingrate tool :mad:
 

UnfrozenCaveman

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Jan 22, 2011
38
USA
You have to hit the QUOTE or REPLY button, it always lists them in the order they are posted, but if you quote someone then type after the quote, it shows who you're replying to....like I've just done with you....
You have to hit the QUOTE or REPLY button, it always lists them in the order they are posted, but if you quote someone then type after the quote, it shows who you're replying to....like I've just done with you....
Still moving my reply to the bottom of the thread GRRRRRRRRRRRR
 


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