So let's see those Strats!

Meatwad

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I've had this Strat longer than any guitar I've ever owned....'97 American Standard.

Gigged it with 3 different bands....it's been a real workhorse.

The original neck twisted a few years ago, so I replaced it with a roasted maple Warmoth neck with ss frets.
 

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Let's just say, I had the prior one and this. I traded in the older one with the CS Texas Specials and gloss neck on my Music Man. I kept the new one.

THe Vintage Noiseless pickups are not quite as open and complex as the CS Tex Specials were. But, they are very good sounding pickups and dead quiet. Plus, with the 6 preamp voicings, this guitar can go all over tonally. But what really sold me was the satin neck finish. That neck plays like a dream. The ONLY neck I like better is on my Ernie Ball Music Man, and that neck is legendary.
Awesome, thanks for the info!
 

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I might have posted pics already,, it's a long thread & the links could be dead,, photo bucket nonsense,
repost of my 2 favourites. 59 refinished in the 80's & 2012 heavy relic.
I am very, very jealous. How long have you've had it?
 

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I've had this MIJ Strat since 1982. When I ordered it they had 'Fender' on the headstock, but I wanted two tone sunburst so it had to be ordered in and when it came in Fender had changed them to show 'Squier' with 'by Fender' in smaller text. Might have been worth a bit more if I'd bought one of the first batch, but it's not like I'll ever sell it.

I've done all kinds of mod and resprays over the years, but I had it refinished back in (non original nitro) two tone sunburst a few years ago. Just recently had it re-fretted and the guy did an amazing job and really set it up to perfection afterwards. I'm fitting a set of Bareknuckle 'Apache' pickups tomorrow as it's final treat for giving me 35 years of playing pleasure.

I've tried a lot of more expensive Strats over the years, but they never feel 'right' to me. More recently I've found out about things like radius (it's a 7.25") and that I prefer 'vintage' frets too.

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A close up showing a bit of natural relicing on the fingerboard:

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Zarg? Please pick up your guitar it's laying in the grass. OK, weeds and grass.
 

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Zarg? Please pick up your guitar it's laying in the grass. OK, weeds and grass.
picked it up and gave it a wipe down with my microfiber cloth. then proceeded to play it, all good now!
 

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I'm actually kind of surprised how many of you deck the trem. I thought a lot more people would float it. Very nice Strats throughout the thread though!
 

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Here's my best three:
2011 CS 1960RI:
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1984-ish St. Blues:
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1981/1991(body/neck) G&L S-500:
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Very, very hard to beat that mahogany-bodied G&L... The 1960RI is new to me and it's awfully good. The St. Blues is gorgeous and has a huge V neck -- it's a blast, but deserves a better sounding set of pickups.
 

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Here's my long awaited long acquisition- my 1997 Fender Strat Plus in natural swamp ash (all stock except for the tort pick guard, of which the original was pearloid white) with Hipshot Tremsetter, Schallers, & Lace Golds.

I recently picked up the Olympic White Road Worn as part of a deal and I actually like it quite a bit. It feels great and currently has the noiseless hots in it right now. They’re pretty nice but I plan on trying the Mojotone Quiet Coil 58 w/Hot Bridge prewired pick guard in it when I can get a bit of time to install it. I think that guitar will absolutely sing with that set in it and it needs a setup anyway,as the action is a bit high for my liking right now. The previous owner used it primarily for playing slide guitar. Don’t worry, that stupid sticker will be gone tomorrow, lol.

I’m also considering installing the hots from the RW into the Strat Plus and see how they sound in there. I like the Lace Golds but feel that I would like a bit less output for clarity and a bit more treble without adjusting amp eq. These pup heights are touchy, so if you use them make sure to record your best setup heights for reference later on. It will save you a lot of time and hassle. I’ll obviously keep my Lace Golds setup regardless in order to keep the original setup together. I just can’t see separating and parting out original equipment like that.

Lastly, I still have the itch to try a Lollar Firebird neck/Low Wind Imperial F-spaced Bridge combo down the road on one of them, just to keep things interesting. I really like that setup alot in Sam Vilo’s guitars.
 
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62 Stratocaster with green guard, clay dots and Brazilian rosewood neck. I will never sell it:




54 Stratocaster with single ply guard:





Only modification is a 5 way switch (3 way in case). The circular holes have been dug out on the back plate. But all the plastic is bakelite. Screws on the backplate are non-original, so must have had the plate off for a while.
 


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