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What is a "Starcaster" Guitar?

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  1. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    I have been offered a Starcaster guitar with amp and guitar stand for $50. I know it's cheapo stuff, but do these guitars have full thickness bodies, decent wood, and will they fit Fender parts? I live in a vacuum and have never heard of them!
     
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  2. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    Offsets rule!
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    fender-starcaster-xl.jpg

    That is assuming it's not just stealing the starcaster name and applying it to some $5 trash
     
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  3. myredstrat

    myredstrat Strat-O-Master

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    there was a hollowbody fender years ago called a starcaster, there is a quality reissue like the picture in jb74's post.
    there is also a strat looking (licensed by Fender)solidbody ultra entry level starcaster below the squire lineup. I think it is a plywood body, if not I am sure it is multiple pieces of wood
     
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    bsman Strat-O-Master

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    Watch out - because there is a "Starcaster by Fender" series that was sold in the 00s in places like Walmart that were of sub-Squier standards...
     
  5. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ya... $50 combo is going to be the Strat-like object.
    It was sold as a combo with the amp, I think they were like $150 for the combo. Cheapie entry level student model packaged for big-box stores.

    Recently, there are two hollowbody Starcasters, but the hardware and control layout is not the same as the original Starcaster from the 70s.

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    That was a Fullerton model.
    The current models, one Squier and one Fender Squier, are both made in China and feature the Fender version of the Tune-o-Matic bridge.


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    This one is a Squier Classic Vibe.
     
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  6. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, this is definitely the "sub-Squire" Walmart sold guitar! It's like new, but that is as much good as I can say about it!!
     
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    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    They make great modding platforms. They are alot like the Squier SE Strats.

    Bodies on the Strats I've seen are full thickness.

    The necks vary from kinda decent to quite nice. Ive got one that's very nice . CXS serial # prefix.


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  8. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I think I would spend the fifty bucks on TP...
     
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  9. CigBurn

    CigBurn You should see the other guy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If its the strat like one, as mentioned above they are a decent modding platform if one is into that. I picked one up super cheap a few years ago. Stripped it and it had a pretty decent basswood body. The neck was decent enough but not for me, not sure what I did with it. As I recall it had a dead pickup and the pots were shot on it but that was all getting moved out anyway. They are certainly a good enough $50 buck guitar though.
     
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