Looking at Classic Series 70's Strats

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  1. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Man..I have been down this road a few times in life..last one was a partscaster, a '67 RI MIJ neck on a MIM body..
    Forget which pickups I used, but wired it up with 250K CTS pots and a vintage cap..
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    Lately, I have been looking at the 70's Classic series and really dig the large headstock, maple necks and the white has been really standing out.
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    I just want the stratiest tone I can get, but LOVE the 70's aesthetics!!
    If the pickups aren't all that, then these Brandonwound early 70's style clones might work nicely: I can do up new 3x CTS 250K if needed too. (maybe "Memphis" wired..:hmm:)
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    What's anyone's experiences with these 70's Classic Strats? I hear some reviews of fret buzz, but I like a more medium action, so hopefully that won't be an issue..
     
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    Jeremiah The Worst Premium Member

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    Get out of my head, Kris! I have been looking at these, lol
     
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    blueflamingo Senior Member

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    look into a SQ MIJ big headstock from the early 80s... those are killer.
     
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  4. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Though I do kinda like the wood look:
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    I like these as well:
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    SO...color aside..do I want maple or rosewood fretboard..:hmm:
     
  5. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah The Worst Premium Member

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    I was looking at the classic white with maple. I'd have bought the avri but I can't find one with maple.
     
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    I had a Classic Series (50's) back in the day. I think these all comes with the same vintage fretboard radius (7.25) just with different neck profile. I liked the look but not the vintage frets..

    IIRC, aren't these (50s, 60s and 70s) equipped with the same pickups? :hmm:

    Cool guitars and surely good value for the money :thumb:
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    Wood with maple, simple.

    Rosewood looks off against that backdrop.

    Only reason would be for feel (some might say tone, meh!)

    A Strat is a very flexible tone machine.
     
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    I like the natural Ash body Maple FB. Classic!
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    Pull the trigger on anything yet? :naughty:

    I mean, you really deserve another great guitar to add to your already famous collection... :jam:

    So why do you keep us waiting... Hmmm? :squint:

    So what's it gonna be, whacha choozin'? :hyper:
     
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    Where's the beef!? Its on that great big headstock!I always did like those. All that mass must contribute to sustain.


    Super cool
     
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    Here's my original 1970 for reference
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    When did they start the bullet TR ?

    Really nice, BTW. Just noticed still bottom TR adjuster...
     
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    I had one a few years ago. It was natural with maple, and it was a good guitar, but not for me.

    The Classic has the small fret and 7 1/4" radius, and I'm a more 9.5 and jumbo fret kind of guy.

    The weight was on the heavier side as well, but I cannot fault the quality of the guitar at all. My issues were just my own personal preference.

    If Fender made a 70s Road Worn with the modern frets and radius, I wouldn't mind that one bit! :naughty:
     
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    Got a ..*AHEM* secret fund going right now..been trying to sell some stuff..but 99.9999% positive it will be the white one.

    Dar, the bullet was '71.
     
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    This is looking like my next purchase as well, can't do it so hot on the heels of my Telecaster, but in October probably for my birthday.
     
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    DarrellV Almost 1 Year old this month! Premium Member

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    Birthdays are like a magic bullet for GAS around here :eek2:.
     
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    Holidays and birthdays are my last areas of wiggle room on guitars.
     
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    SOOO..after some wheelin' and dealin'..trades and an unexplained refund on a Olympic White 70's strat..
    I should have this by Tuesday! GREAT price too! (Trades RULE..ZERO out of pocket)
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    Bears a strong resemblance to Ritchie Blackmore's California Jam Strat:
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    BUT..I moved some other stuff, and did some trades, and have this to keep me company until it arrives..
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