Which first/only Strat should this old guy buy?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by LeftCoast, Dec 30, 2020.

  1. LeftCoast

    LeftCoast Strat-Talk Member

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    I like the way you guys think.

    And yes, MBM1, I thought the same thing when I bought my first Sig (leveled-off at 4).
     
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    ibdrkn1 Strat-O-Master

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    So I have 10-ish Strats now.

    If for some reason I was forced into only having one it would be this one if I change the pickups.
    99 American Deluxe
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    Or this one if it had to be stock
    98 American Standard.
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    The_Whale Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I hear good things about the American Performer Strat.
     
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    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    Welcome @LeftCoast !

    I would choose the AVRI between those 2.

    but that is a finish preference on my part/ preferring nitro finish and its overall features.
     
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  6. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    Since most of my Strats are AVRI, and all incredible instruments, that would be the way I go.
     
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    Rbert0005 Strat-Talk Member

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    Maybe you’ll get lucky like I did yesterday. walked into my local shop, they opened the case of a just traded Elite ( basically unused) and said 1200 bucks

    yeah it came home with me.

    Bob
     
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    Baelzebub Most Honored Senior Member

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    Damn Bob....been down here less than 2 months and already plundering the local booty!!!

    Nice score.
     
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    Rbert0005 Strat-Talk Member

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    Nah, been here since June. Have had time to get around a bit :)

    Bob

    better pics to come 6BA486FB-B98D-460B-B6D6-73A275EDFD23.jpeg
     
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  10. Jasco

    Jasco Strat-Talker

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    Classis tones, american made.

    Get an L series strat.
     
  11. Willmunny

    Willmunny Strat-O-Master Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 for Sweetwater
     
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    Seems you have some misinformation about the Plus that you say you are considering. They aren't heavy, nor are they Custom Shop guitars. If you haven't seen this site, take a look and learn everything Plus.

    https://xhefriguitars.com/page2.html

    If you look at it, or any older guitar, bring someone who knows guitars well along so they can assess the fret condition, etc. Good luck!
     
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  13. BuffaloHound

    BuffaloHound Strat-O-Master

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    User name checks out.
     
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  14. LeftCoast

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    First line from your link: "Strat Plus Series was introduced by Fender in 1987 and was the highest end production model next to Fender's Custom Shop guitars."

    This is what I meant was I knew the Plus models were like the first CS guitars, from a production standpoint (I think the CS started just after the Plus debut).

    Good advice on bringing a friend, but not really possible during this COVID stuff; I can't get anyone sick/killed for want of buying a guitar (unfortunately a real consideration for guys my age).

    8.5-9 pounds sounds heavy to me. Thanks for the link! I had checked that page out before in my research.

    The bridge PU has been changed, as has the original Wilkerson nut...NO ORIGINAL PARTS (that were replaced/upgraded) are included in deal.

    So, what would a Strat Plus in excellent shape as outlined above be worth? I'm not trying to make money, but if I hate it, I want to own it safe enough to bail out of, without losing too much $$$.

    THANKS FOR ALL THE RESPONSES, ALL; KEEP THEM COMING!
     
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    I have two at home. One is 7.8 lbs and the other is 8 even.

    You said that you could get the Plus for $1k. If it is in good shape, you should not have trouble reselling for similar if you don't like it. What colour is it? Was the Wilkenson replaced with an LSR conversion? If you can share some photos of it, we can assess better.
     
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    With a changed pickup and the roller nut gone, I would be closer to the $800 mark to be sure you can get your money back. Assuming the guitar is in good condition otherwise with its original hard case. I love my strat plus for what it is. Great player and just fits. I don’t use the trem much but I have zero tuning issues. Prices a slowly creeping up on these but mainly for the stock versions. Asking price is getting up faster but sold auctions will show unmolested ones bring decent money but most that have been modified and do not have original parts are not faring as well.
    Good luck whichever way you go and enjoy your journey!
     
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    The 57 has a v neck, which is a deal-breaker for me. Buying used is a good plan if you're not sure what you want. Good luck!
     
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    You want classic Strat tones? Get something without a RWRP middle pickup.
     
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  19. GeejeeZ

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    Although Strat wise I only have a MiM partscaster, I would say more than enough advice in the replies above on the several American Strat types!

    Having played electric guitar for close to forty years now, it struck me that my favorite guitars are actually not the ones I fell in love with right away! When younger and with less finances than now, I usually had to opt for the lesser of choices. My first Telecaster was a bit of a disappointment, after having played a humbucker equiped Ibanez with an exceptionally thin and flat neck. It took me several years to adapt to the fat Tele neck and the thin Tele sound. Now however I am so glad I sat through these years and did not sell it.
    Same goes for my Strat partscaster. The cheapest new Fender neck I could find and bought had a soft v profile and it again took some time getting used to that! Nowadays this neck feels most comfortable to me.

    So my advice would be: don't force yourself to make the right choice right away. Choosing is loosing, no matter what you do.
    Buy the (any) goddarn guitar and give yourself the time to get used to it. After a while you might discover that the things you hated at the start have grown on you. And things that seemed so important at first turn out to be not that big of an issue anyway.

    Good luck on your quest and don't forget to have fun with it!
     
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    Used American Deluxe post 2013