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  1. arithon

    arithon Strat-O-Master

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    I like vintage pups, vintage radius necks, and lacquer...so though my vote is a for a much more expensive guitar than others mentioned- they are worth it to me and I feel like short of a custom shop they are the best guitars Fender made... the value to dollar ratio is super high on these

    For me the AVRI and the newer American Vintage line...those are killer guitars... used in the 1300-1500 range. That isn't much more than the usual American standards or equivalents and I feel they are miles above.

    These two are the best strats I own, and I'd put them up against any custom shop guitar. Both had for around 1200-1300 used in mint condition.

    red is AVRI '57 and black is the the '56 american vintage .

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  2. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    i forgot i bought mine about 5 years ago, so yeah you're right, but if i see 1 i will let you know.
     
  3. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah... I try like heck to get really good deals but I never see anything like $350 for a Jimmy V or $400 for a Classic Player. Jimmy Vaughan Strats are always about $750 up here and Classic Players never drop below $700.

    I've seen a bunch of Strats come and go in your posts and I'm pretty sure you've got some buying secret voodoo that the rest of us just can't fathom. I see it happen but I can't repeat it. I get decent deals but nothing close to $300 Jimmy Vaughan strats. Not yet anyway.
     
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  4. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd agree with that. Yes, it's going to run over a grand for the guitar but nothing in that price range has the attention to detail or features. I bought one for $1300 Canadian which is just under $1000 USD and it's the best strat I've ever played. The looks, the neck, the playability and the tones. They're remarkable.
     
  5. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    It depends on the market. You're in the SF Bay area, and I'm in Ohio. Our economies are entirely different.

    Take real estate for an extreme example. My daughter's friend lives/lived in this single-family home. It's 11,000 sq feet with 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, and it sits on 6 acres. It has been on the market for over a year at a price of $799,000. (Yes, that's a turret behind the tree, and yes, there is a full suit of armor in that room.)

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    What would $800K get you in the Bay area? Maybe a 1,000 sq foot condo?

    Unfortunately, our earning power around here is as limited as the property values. Wages are low, real estate is low, and used guitar prices are low. If that makes it fantasy land, then so be it.
     
  6. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    I once picked up a MIM Squier Series Strat for $60. I've bought two MIM Standards for $250 each. I got my Strat Plus for $700.

    But bang-for-the-buck? I bought an Indiana strat-style guitar at a pawn shop for $10. I ripped it apart, painted it, and reassembled it. I filed the fret ends, and I set the string height and intonation. I intended to replace the pickups, but once I lowered them to the pick guard they sounded pretty good. The pots work fine, the tuners work fine.

    The doggone thing plays great. (Confession: it does have a high fret that I'll have to take care of.) It's certainly not an equal to my Strat Plus, but if the litmus test is trying to find the most Strat for the least money used, I'd choose this one, even over the $60 Squier Series.
     
  7. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    As it's been said several times already, it's all relative to the person. I like my Squier Series axes do much that I would almost give up my Bullet Series from the same era that my parents worked so hard to get me. It's turned into another pretty nice guitar with some work but my black SS just takes the cake right now. Let me know if you decide to get rid of that SS. I like them enough to get a third.

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  8. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think used MIM Standards are great deals.
     
  9. bsman

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    Agreed, a gig-worthy guitar as issued or a perfect tableau for building a monster.
     
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  10. GuitarPix

    GuitarPix Senior Stratmaster

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    I found a 2010 Am Deluxe Strat in Olympic Pearl for $700 - which when you consider they went for $1800 CAN and after swapping pickups it become an amazing sounding as well as great playing guitar - the Am Standards are going for more than that here and not as discounted on the used market. And I find the neck more to my liking - so bang for buck, hard to beat this one around here.


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  11. spizike231

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    Buy used MIM Standard.. upgrade whatever you want and have a sleeper.

    Get some killer pickups and show up with your “bargain” Strat sounding better than stock MIA.

    Now that’s what I’d do.. and have done.
     
  12. Vic Interceptor

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    to each his own.... big headstock and humbucker? not for me, at any price. Bang (playability, tone, fit, finish) for the buck (as few as possible) goes to the Classic Vibe, $250 average price used. The basic or "standard" Squier for around $90 is solid as well, only needing some fret dressing usually to make it a very usable guitar.

    Does it HAVE to say Fender on it? If so, American Standards have a lot going for them and can be had for $500 with some shopping.
     
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  13. kris ford

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    70's Classic series has you covered then! :D
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  15. tingtongtone

    tingtongtone Strat-Talk Member

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    i have a 2006 60s classic player. best strat ive ever owned. played a american custom shop the other week. its honestly comparable to that and much better than any us reissue ive tried.
    tremolo is fantastic. it NEVER goes out of tune no matter how much you use it. im sure other 2006 owners will attest to that. and the neck is gorgeous. only guitar ive ever owned that i would never even think of selling.
     
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  16. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

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    MIM Standard would be ok, but I don't care for the string spacing, fret size, or.piclups.

    RE the Jimmie Vaughan I own two Tex Mex strats, $200 and $325 each. I could have a red one for $350 on local CL a few months back.
    As marked on Reverb and eBay they are listed for more...but are they selling?.
    Basically an American level guitar at used Mexico prices. Research the specs yourself. Great value. Buy and play...no upgrade needed.
    I'd love to get my hands.on a blue one.
     
  17. montemerrick

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    if you're handy (can finish wood, solder connections and turn screws and dress frets) you can put together as good (functionally, not talking flaming maple, fancy relic or stuff like that) a strat or tele style as you want for the price of a used classic player or classic series... if that's not your thing, then a used classic player or classic series would be my choice
     
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  18. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I once picked up a Classic Series 50s in Surf Green for 320 on craigslist.

    Pretty good deal.
     
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  19. arithon

    arithon Strat-O-Master

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    Those are outstanding guitars for the money.
     
  20. mcmacguy

    mcmacguy Senior Stratmaster

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    Ditto on the mid 90s MIM Squier Series black label Strats.
     
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