WTB: Fender American Stratocaster ($750)

DarthPaul

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*EDIT:
I am specifically seeking a Fender American Stratocaster for around $750.

***My apologies for the confusion.***
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I'm looking for a decent beginner electric guitar for my nephew.
$500 max.
Brands:
Ibanez, Fender, Gibson.
Would also be interested in brands such as Jackson or Schecter.
I guess any big name will do.
(No PRS, please.)
Strat, Tele, LP, SG, etc.
I would like something without a tremolo in order to make re-stringing and tuning as simple as possible.
Preferably something with character or figure... and the less pointy ends, the better.
The color blue is a definite bonus, but not required.
Any suggestions would be appreciated as well.
Thanks for your time!
 
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Most any Fender other than a Tele is going to have a tremolo, though it's not a problem at all to snug down the Strat trem so it doesn't float, but to hit the $500 mark, you're looking used, Squier, or hold out for an Adorama sale on a MiM model.
Epiphone can set him up with something really nice in that price range, and the shorter scale has two advantages in closer fret spacing for younger hands and reduced string tension compared to Fender.
Jackson, Schecter, and Ibanez also have some decent models in that range, but at that price point, they are all going to be Indonesian or Korean... though Jackson does tend to be "pointy"... even the Dinky (Strat) has a sharp headstock and cutaways.

What are his interests, type of music? Is something with single coils or humbuckers going to work for his interests? If humbuckers, is he going to want to go minimalist with one pickup, or might he want to fatten it up a bit?

Pretty much anything in that price range from the brands you named are going to be decent for a beginner. Just stay away from the "iffy" lines like Firefly. Even Harley Benton *can* be good, but they are hit and miss on quality and it would suck to get a bad one and have to deal with it. I'm assuming this is going to be under the tree next month.
 

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Jackson JS series are very good for money (way less than $500) and they have a wide range of colors/shapes/bridges... highly recommended

At $500 you can also get a very good used higher end guitar... MIJ Jackson or MiM Fender maybe
 

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I'm looking for a decent beginner electric guitar for my nephew.
$500 max.
Brands:
Ibanez, Fender, Gibson.
Would also be interested in brands such as Jackson or Schecter.
I guess any big name will do.
(No PRS, please.)
Strat, Tele, LP, SG, etc.
I would like something without a tremolo in order to make re-stringing and tuning as simple as possible.
Preferably something with character or figure... and the less pointy ends, the better.
The color blue is a definite bonus, but not required.
Any suggestions would be appreciated as well.
Thanks for your time!
What's wrong with a used PRS SE?

Those go for about $500
 

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With a strat Just block the trem. Use a vintage tremolo.
 

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It's like asking why some people don't like dogs or coffee.
All I know is that I'd never hear the end of it!
:rofl:
Well, if the guy has gotten on your nerves lately, it would be a great move. :)

I know someone whose kid is going to get a kazoo or a drumkit for Christmas :)
 

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I take it he is right handed?
 

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Sounds like you might need to take the kid into a guitar store or two and see what inspires him. It's really hard to buy a personal thing like an instrument for someone else.

How old is he? What kind of music does he like?

Don't forget that he'll also need an amp, strap, tuner, etc.
 




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