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The Japanese Strat Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by rafasounds, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. GaryM

    GaryM Strat-Talker

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    Checking in with my two. A black ST-54 and a red ST-46.

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  2. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Well Moody, every country of origin produces good, avarage, and some dud guitars. I believe most of us here are pretty enthusiastic about Japanese guitars for their very fine craftsmanship, their level of consistency and the high rate of excellent instruments. This not to mention the well-deserved reputation (not hype) they've built over the decades.

    That guitar looks like someone had an angry cat in the house that would scratch only the borders :p
     
  3. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    @GaryM That's very nice brother! I love those CAR Strats. And it's a well-known fact that I love Black 50's Strats too. Are those replacement saddles?
     
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  4. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    @zeedoctour That's some pretty piece of ash. Looks very solid and well made overall. I hope you find her again! I had a guitar which I simply gave away at one point and would love to have back. Problem is - I found it years ago, but it had been sold to a guy who died... So I'm not gonna bug his family to sell it to me.
     
  5. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    @Brutus Man, that looks insane! Very nice grain.

    FOR THE RECORD:

    Japanese Teles, Jaguars, Mustangs, Jazzmasters, and anything else really, are totally welcome. *


    * Just don't let your Strats know about it ;)
     
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  6. zeedoctour

    zeedoctour Strat-Talker

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    Good call. It was ash bodied. The great tragedy for me is it was the first electric guitar I ever owned. I'd love to have been it's only owner my whole life, and today I just cannot believe I sold it having had it for 28 years at the time. Today it would have been 40 years.
     
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  7. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Strat-Talker

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    Ah, but rafasounds think of the possible meaning it has in the lives of others now. Hopefully some beautiful memories perhaps through generations to come.

    Your care and attention... and the loss you feel now.. all make that possible. What did Monty Python sing?
     
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  8. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Very true @SpeedKing. I like to think that guitars, although often regarded as pieces of wood with strings and some electronics, are very capable of retaining at least a little portion of their owners essence, call it dna, spirit, or whatever.
     
  9. AncientAx

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    443FEFFA-306B-427B-93FE-9186241A5136.jpeg 3B192D92-8189-44AE-AA3D-1BD8ED92B91D.jpeg My old Bradley strat .
     
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  10. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Strat-Talker

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    Three bolt neck?
     
  11. AncientAx

    AncientAx Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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  12. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    @AncientAx another very nice 70's natural look ash body Strat!
     
  13. AncientAx

    AncientAx Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I also have a Bradley L6-S Gibson copy . Not a strat so .......
     
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  14. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    @AncientAx Feel free to post her if you'd like ;)
     
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  15. SpeedKing

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    Yeah lets see 'em all.

    As Rafa says nice grain on the strat.
     
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  16. GaryM

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    Thanks! Both guitars have original saddles, as far as I know. The only thing non original on my Japanese Strats is the vibrato arms.
     
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  17. felis

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    Okay then, let's boost this thread! :D;)

    My No1 guitar; 1980 Tokai TE80R, one piece body, V neck, nitro finish, Dimarzio DP114-VT1 in bridge.

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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    2018 Tokai THB200S HummingBird.

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    50th anniversary, total of 30 RI's (with SEB construction) made. Mine is one of 5 'extra' custom ordered. In addition to these 30 units, because we wanted an original body construction (no SEB) and natural rosewood veneer on headstock. Closer to the historic 1967 model than the other 30 Hummingbird RI's.
     
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    felis Senior Stratmaster

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    One more! :D;)

    2009 LS95S (sold this Saturday :oops:).
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    (loved this guitar, but it was just too heavy)
     
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    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    @felis Ive no idea where you find these beauties, but you must have some real good contacts.

    Insane looking Tele. So unique and full of character. Looking at it I thought it has that rock star quality. Its different and it screams supreme quality. I can imagine someone like Keith or Springsteen playing and cherishing it.

    Ive never played a Hummingbird or even seen one in person, but that one also screams coolness.

    The Lester looks like a tight and solid chunk of wood with beautiful grain, like a good Lester.

    I'm just curious what that little thing on the G string bridge screw of the Tele is.
     
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