Stratocaster appreciation thread

For guitars of the straight waisted variety (or reverse offset).
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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:05 pm

ADH! Good to see you again!

I'm that way with strats. Except lately I've been digging my 2002 highway one (with lace sensors! ...also a nod to Corgan). It's basically a 50's type strat in every other regard. Seriously good guitars, those early ones. I ended up putting old Kluson type tuners on mine and was able to ditch one of the string trees.

And since I played it to hell and back it feels and looks a lot like an actual vintage guitar. They did it right with those. Suprised they don't use that finish treatment on more guitars. Understandably they're sprayed with poly sealer but the finish is still nice and light and it just breathes.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by countertext » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:02 pm

andrewdoeshair wrote:I haven't gotten GAS in years, but lately I've got strat lust. I keep thinking of buying a Squier classic vibe or putting together a guitar fetish project. The 50's and 60's appointments are most appealing to me, and I also love a 70's style strat (Billy Corgan planted that seed). When I see sealed tuning machines and a two point tremolo I lose interest, I don't know why. I know those things were made to improve upon older designs but subconsciously it makes the strat seem too capable and easy, like it's so well thought out and refined that it's got no soul. Like, I wouldn't have any interest in an American HSS strat with all the best modern parts, unless it was a great deal, but I'd buy a classic vibe at full price. I guess I'm superficial in that regard. Not that it has anything to do with what anyone else thinks about the guitar, it's just what I think of it... I'd buy an HSS (or even HSH) super strat with two point trem (double locking, even) and sealed tuning machines before I'd buy a strat with those same things. They just seem wrong on a strat, to me.
STRAT! STRAT! STRAT! STRAT! STRAT! STRAT! STRAT! STRAT! STRAT! :D

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by MKR » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:14 am

so this is kind of funny. i was looking at black strats and i came across this:
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apparently fender custom shop released this as a john lennon guitar? for why? i know he played a sonic blue strat along with george in the mid 60s, but Fender is really reaching on this one calling it a john lennon model.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by StevenO » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:18 am

it's a tribute to a mysterious guitar that John played for only one or two concerts. It's an incredibly rare guitar to begin with and for some reason, nobody ever talks about it or knows why John had it for just a short period of time. Reaching, sure. Cash grab, of course. But it's a guitar that existed.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by leokula » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:54 am

Mint on black looks killer!
Jaguar > Jazzmaster :)

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by countertext » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:10 am

StevenO wrote:But it's a guitar that existed.
It's a smoking hot guitar that existed.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by Sir Simon Milligan » Sun May 28, 2017 1:26 pm

I now have a Strat again, I had a Bullet about 6-7 years ago that I sold to fund other purchases and always thought I'd buy one again and for whatever reason just now got around to getting another one--a Classic Vibe 50s Lake Placid blue Strat that I found used for $230. Sounds great, it's super light (right at 7 lbs.) and looks great. I was stupid to have waited this long to get another Strat because I really love how it sounds and it's super comfortable.

Two things that I'm going to have to replace, though, a scratchy pot with a wobbly knob (Tone 2) and a flimsy, crappy selector switch. I've never worked on a guitar, so I thought I'd source the parts and have a local tech install them. Any recommendations for these parts in terms of retailers and the parts themselves? I read a review for a Fender 5-way switch where the owner had a CV that required routing being done as it was too deep for the CV's body vs. a Fender Strat.

And if any one could recommend a good mint green pickguard that could replace the stock 1-ply white pickguard, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by BoringPostcards » Mon May 29, 2017 8:17 am

MKR wrote:so this is kind of funny. i was looking at black strats and i came across this:
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apparently fender custom shop released this as a john lennon guitar? for why? i know he played a sonic blue strat along with george in the mid 60s, but Fender is really reaching on this one calling it a john lennon model.
He may have had a black strat at some point. I have no idea. Beatles are responsible for Rickenbacker being stuck in the past. That's another kettle of fish. Glass Onion is the BEST beatles song after Blue Jay Way.
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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by Maggieo » Mon May 29, 2017 9:18 am

I've probably posted this before, but god, I love my 1983 Fullerton '62RI. Bought it new, held onto it for 34 years. Here it is, seven years ago, with Scooter, who's 16 and a half years old now:

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by floater » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:17 pm

The headstock is definitely rad.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by floater » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:43 am

I've been guitar sitting the last couple months for my father. He has played music since he was a teenager; guitar, piano, bass...anything really. It comes natural to him. My grandmother had the same talent, but even more so.

As a youngster, some of my earliest memories include going to see dad's band perform. I'd get up on stage between their sets at the Lion's Club or wherever and I'd act a fool. Back then Dad always played a Stratocaster; one of the reissue '57 Strats from 1983. I guess I caught the music bug early and I've always appreciated the Strat.

Anyways, Dad retired a few years ago and gifted himself the following 1957 hardtail Stratocaster that I've had the pleasure of guitar sitting for the past few weeks:

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The body date is 1-57. I'm not brave enough to fiddle with the neck. I'm returning the guitar soon, so I wanted to post a few pictures before the sad farewell.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by sessylU » Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:25 am

A recent project I put together:

Since then, it's been intonated properly, and has black knobs.

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

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Re: Stratocaster appreciation thread

Post by mijmog » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:44 am

floater wrote:
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Hot dam.

That is the epitome of stunning.

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