i have to admit strats are a ton of fun, tons of parts around at reasonable prices, i have to limit myself to 3 otherwise i would own 10 or 20 .....bad pic but these are the only ones i allow myself to have ....all early 90's CN silver fender logo squire series made in korea....at the cort factory....think they were about $150-$175 each !!!! fun to play all sound great ...if you see one buy it, if you dont like it, pm me i will buy it!
I have only had 2 real fenders ever.. one was a floyded strat MIJ which i since sold. The other is a Clapton blackie strat which i still have. The Clapton strat has had a 11 hole pearloid pickguard added at some point by a previous owner. So there is a small block glued in the cavity to hold the screw for an 11 hole guard. I quite like the look so have no interest in finding a single ply 9 hole guard to return it to original. Love the electronics on a clapton strat... the treble boost and db boost are handy and work a treat
MIM 2006 60th anniversary, ECP six shooter singles, 3way switch (n, n+b b), n+b vol, mid vol, master tone, signed by Bill Bruford:
MIM 2006, originally an SSH, I routed the neck to make it HH, a Burstbucker Pro from a 2005 Standard in the neck and a Bareknuckle Nailbomb bridge, added OOP and coil cut switches for the bridge, and modded the brigde itself with Telecaster saddles:
I have battled back and forth with Strats for years. I want to love them. Many of my favorite players have made AMAZING music with them. However, no matter the specs, I just can't bond with a Fender Stratocaster. Fender Telecaster? All day long....
Here is my "strat" and the only one I have ever been totally comfortable with.
A 1990 Paul Reed Smith EG3!! This has an alder body, a one-piece brass trem (the Original Millcom), and a wide-thin neck with a 10" radius. This is an early version that came with standard Schaller tuners, not the PRS wing-nut locking tuners.
It originally had 3 Custom wound Duncans, but when I got it was loaded with cheap-o Squier-style singles. I replaced them with the Duncan Jimi Hendrix set. The original wiring was odd, though surprisingly useful - a volume and 2 master tone controls!! I changed that out to a Tone Man Guitar "64 Blues" wiring harness. This gave me a much more useful vol, tone on the neck/middle, and tone on the bridge - like the Eric Johnson strat, or the John Mayer Silver Sky.
This guitar sings and quacks like I always heard strats, but was never able to get from another strat.