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  1. strick909

    strick909 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello and good day to you all.

    I was having this discussion the other day and thought it would be a valuable topic for anyone shopping for a used Stratocaster.

    What model Strat would you buy if you wanted the absolute best bang for your buck?
    I've caught some stellar deals in all of my days but nothing so far has been a better buy than the

    Fender Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster (MiM Edition)
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    What I think makes it such a good value is:
    Fender Custom Shop Texas Special pickups in the neck and middle
    Twin Head (or Pearly Gates) humbucker with S1 switching
    70's large headstock
    22 Frets (instead of 21)
    Gig Bag included
    Unique colors not found on Standard models. (Mine is the same color as this one: Ghost Silver w/ Silver pickguard)

    I picked up one like this a few years back for only $450 shipped

    So what do you think is the best bang for the buck on a used Strat?
     

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    mscjr Strat-Talk Member

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    RW Strat for ~$600

    Not sure on specs, but everyone I've played has felt and sounded great. I wouldn't give up any of my higher end instruments for one, but I've never felt underequipped when playing one.
     
  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    '80s or '90s MIJ ST54 or ST57.


    If I couldn't find a Tokai... :p
     
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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Eric Johnson Signature. Custom Shop fit and finish at about half the price.
     
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    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    This all depends on the price of the guitar. Patience, but if you've got it you can get something nice for cheap.
     
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  7. Johnny Danger

    Johnny Danger Senior Stratmaster

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    That's a tough call. The Squire CV and VM lines are great, but do we want to be picky and stick to "true" Fender strats only? Also, vintage or modern spec? How important is that?

    I'm going to make my list based purely on my tilt toward vintage style SSS Strats. For me, I would have to say the bang for buck depends on budget. At the low end a Squier CV or VM. In the middle, a used Road Worn, as previously mentioned. On the "high" end of "budget" I would say a used EJ or AVRI.

    For modern spec, It's hard to beat a used MIM Deluxe series.
     
  8. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    These two are absolutely great guitars for guys like me.
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    I make them all my own with at least a few mods.
    Both are mid 90s MIM Squier Seriees black label Strats. I got the white one for $210 and the Black one for $180 so an average of $195 each and less than $120 each for better tuners, pots and nicer p'ups. I also used big of them to learn more about refretting so about $20 in fret wire from stew-mac. I'm sitting at less than $300/ea. for two of the nicest strats I've played. The necks are perfect and the bodies are perfectly cut for me.
    @strick909, welcome to the forum BTW. Hope you have a great time here.
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    Don't own one--but this would be my choice. That's a lot of Strat for $320, as long as you are OK blocking the trem.
     
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    Or know how to set it up properly. They work just fine floating.
     
  11. Johnny Danger

    Johnny Danger Senior Stratmaster

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    Yep, set my stock CV bridge to floating and it was great. Stable tuning and you could do some dives without putting it out of tune. The only reason I changed mine is because I wanted a spring in the block and they don't work in those tiny half blocks. I could have just changed the block, but the bridge assembly from an MIM was crazy cheap.
     
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    Of course they do. But to be fair that same poster also stated you should set volume and tone knobs to 10 always.
     
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  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah I saw that too. :D
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

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    I picked up this NOS 2012 Classic Player 50's Strat with G&G case and all candy for $595, shipping included. It's the nitro finished version, and I don't think it was ever sold/played as there was not a smudge or mark on it. Plastic was still on the pickguard, and red-dot sticker covering the trem arm hole to keep the spring in too. Neck is figured maple...a real beauty. I recently swapped the vintage white plastic-ware for parchment..looks much better.
     
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  15. strick909

    strick909 Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for the welcome!
    Very nice Strats! Those black label Squier Series are made in the USA bodies and necks so they are the perfect platform for modding. I love that most people see Squier and run for the hills. They have no idea that the only thing "Squier" about them are those pots and a switch! I just picked up a Tele from that series on trade that I have listed for sale, but the more I play it the more I think that a just might keep it.
     
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    strick909 Strat-Talk Member

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    Now that is a stellar deal! Beautiful guitar!
     
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    A couple of months ago a I picked up a '05 HSS MIM for $250 with a nice hard shell case. I was going to put in a Lindy Fralin loaded PG in it but it sounds really good with the stock pups. One day I'll look under the hood and see what's in there.
    You can get some pretty good deals on a standard MIM. A good bang for buck guitar.
     
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    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    No problem. How much are you asking for the Tele? I've never played one but might be inclined to if the price was right.

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    Another vote for the Squier Classic Vibe.
     
  20. AxemanVR

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    “Bang For Your Buck” and the “Cheapest-but-Goodest Thing You Can Get” may not be the same thing and therefore can be quite subjective...

    For some people an American Pro is the best bang for your buck, while another might feel that a Classic Vibe better fits that criteria.

    If you’re asking me, a $100 Squier SE Special with upgraded electronics wins hands down as far as cheap-but-good goes, but I’d also add in the same breath that it’s no match (as far as overall quality goes) to my 2018 Fender Road Worn Strat, which is the one I’d grab if the house was on fire!

    So, it definitely depends on your perspective...


     
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