How are the newer Custom Shop Strats? Are they worth it? And...

Jon W

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I just picked up one today... A 63' Journeyman relic in Sonic Blue.. Best single coil pickups that I have played...
It really play's great.. The relic is very subtle.. that's the way I like it... It just ticked all the boxes for me..
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This one is really growing on me. When the weather gets nice or they open their showroom, I'll have to go back and play some more of these. I played three when I got mine. All were equally good but tonally different. I was looking for that natural mid bump and picked the one that had it. They all have their own distinct voice.
 

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My favorite guitar at the moment is a '69 CS Relic.
I said in the past that I'd never buy one, but when this thing popped up on my radar I kept staring at it.

I'd been kicking myself for a long time about getting rid of my Voodoo Strat years ago, and even though I was a bit put off by the heavy relic, aka "dragged behind a truck" treatment, I rolled the dice and got it.

Best/Strat/Ever.

It's super resonant and light.
The '69 CS pickups are killer.

Way back when I was in my teens, I spent a lot of time playing a friend's '64 Strat. This one reminds me of the feel of that guitar in a big way.
 

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They are more worth it than $9000 Gibson aged and painted reissues...am I allowed to say that?
 

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My favorite guitar at the moment is a '69 CS Relic.
I said in the past that I'd never buy one, but when this thing popped up on my radar I kept staring at it.

I'd been kicking myself for a long time about getting rid of my Voodoo Strat years ago, and even though I was a bit put off by the heavy relic, aka "dragged behind a truck" treatment, I rolled the dice and got it.

Best/Strat/Ever.

It's super resonant and light.
The '69 CS pickups are killer.

Way back when I was in my teens, I spent a lot of time playing a friend's '64 Strat. This one reminds me of the feel of that guitar in a big way.

Looks awesome!
 

ArchEtech

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That that one is awesome *^^^^
 

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I think it's tough to answer the question of whether a CS Strat is 'worth it.' There are too many factors involved. If you're a Gibson player primarily (or Gretsch, PRS, etc.) and you're just looking for a Strat for the times when the 2 and 4 position quack is needed, then no, a CS Strat probably isn't worth it. Get a MIM or MIJ and call it a day.

However, if you are a Strat player primarily and you are looking to get as close to vintage look, feel, and sound as you can without actually paying the outrageous pre-CBS price tag (and if your budget allows), then I say yes, a CS Strat is probably worth it. Sure, the law of diminishing returns comes into play and you are paying a premium for that extra 10 - 15% of special something, but CS Strats in general are fantastic guitars.

My '56 CS RI the best Strat I've owned, and besides vintage, I've owned Strats in every price range.

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my wildwood 10 just has that feel like an old friend. the aging on mine is a bit over the top but its so light and it just rings..can't put it down ..fun!! best thing about a new guitar..makes me want to play! haven't had a gig a a year ..ugh..so a little inspiration is needed..good excuse for a new toy
 

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I am in the same boat as others in that I feel the price jump to get a customshop is a little excessive. I haven't tried many but one that I really liked was a masterbuilt 59 strat that had some sort of magic in the wiring that resulted in minimal noise. It played and sounded perfect but the price was $7000 Aus.

I now have an '82 MIJ Greco strat that sounds and plays similar to a real 60s strat I tried in a store once. The neck is thinner than I would prefer but it is a great instrument. But I have tried other Grecos from the same era that just didn't have the same things happening.
 

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Very nice CS guitars! But keep in mind: no senior masterbuilder can surpass the work from 1950s mexican teenage girls!
 


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