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Old October 14th, 2013, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Belated NGD!

So anyhow, a friend from my church band needed a step-up guitar from whatever he had at the time, and not being a Strat guy, I sold him my Peavey USA Predator a year or so ago.

Been Stratless ever since.

Happened to have a spare Benjamin lying about, and one of those package deals popped up on local craigslist. Squier Standard Strat, w/a Kustom 12A hybrid practice amp, for a hundred even. Since the Strats street for $230 or so new, even without the amp (which I really didn't need), it still beat my Krashpad Good Deal Rule, which is to try to pay less than half of street price new.

There's a slight mismatched join, which is one of my pet peeves, but I'm not really a Strat feller anyhow, so I can overlook it, especially for such a cheapie. I usually have cheapies just so I do have "a" Strat. I think this is about my 5th, and the first one with alnico pickups, so that's kinda cool. Also, my first Strat with a rosewood board, so she's going to be called "Rosie."

I have some work to do to adjust the trem springs, so I temporarily blocked it so I could use it at church. I stuck an old game cartridge in the back and it did the trick, haha!:



Here's what she looks like from the front:



Already gigged her in church, no problems with the possible exception of re-adjusting to Fender scale:



Oh, and here's the Kustom. Fun little amp. Since it has a line output and a speaker output, I can always throw it in the van and keep it as an "emergency" amp in case something breaks. ;)



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Old October 14th, 2013, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good deal and nice Strat.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Merci baucoups mon ami!

Just a li'l cheapie, but bought at a decent price. She'll do, I reckon.
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Man, the intonation looks crazy on that bridge. Is it set up correctly?

Pretty guitar, at any rate.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Man, the intonation looks crazy on that bridge. Is it set up correctly?

Pretty guitar, at any rate.
Thanks. That actually was pretty close. I tweaked one, the G I think. It's pretty common for the bottom 3 to each get progressively shorter, and then for the G to drop back, and have them slant again.

Here's an illustration of what I mean on a wrap bridge:

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Sure, I know. More specifically, it just looked like the A, D, and the E1 were farther out than normal.

Thanks, again, for sharing pics.
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Old October 17th, 2013, 11:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Nice looking strat, Krash! I'm currently looking for new strat myself (been stratless since last December). There're sure a lot of models out there!!!
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Nice looking Strat. Sounds like a good deal in any case. Congrats
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Thanks Bob and Paul!

Speaking of being spoilt for choice, Bob, by weird coincidence, there's a slightly nicer Squier Strat Deluxe that just came up for sale locally for a hundred even, and I may get her too, and then see which I like more (and sell whichever I like less). The Deluxe has the smaller headstock I prefer, and a maple board, which I also like for Strats.



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Thanks Bob and Paul! Speaking of being spoilt for choice, Bob, by weird coincidence, there's a slightly nicer Squier Strat Deluxe that just came up for sale locally for a hundred even, and I may get her too, and then see which I like more (and sell whichever I like less). The Deluxe has the smaller headstock I prefer, and a maple board, which I also like for Strats. WHAT SAY YOU, eminently more talented and tasteful TDPRI-ers?
Get it!!!!! Those are great little Strats. I actually had two and traded the blue one for an archtop. I still have a white once. For $100 you'll have a great guitar.
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Get it!!!!! Those are great little Strats. I actually had two and traded the blue one for an archtop. I still have a white once. For $100 you'll have a great guitar.
Done! In fact, before I got around to it, the seller dropped the price to $90!



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So far so good. Haven't had much chance. Just checked to see that everything functioned. Buried in work.
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Well, best of luck with it man, I'm sure you'll find as I did that they are great strats, and as good as, if not better than the MIM Standard offerings. Its a keeper, and at $90....dang. Just....dang.
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Well, best of luck with it man, I'm sure you'll find as I did that they are great strats, and as good as, if not better than the MIM Standard offerings. Its a keeper, and at $90....dang. Just....dang.
Thanks.

I am very fortunate and blessed to be living in Gainesville. GNV is a uni town, and a REAL buyers' market. Oddly, the seller here wasn't the stereotypical starving college-age muso trying to make rent. I'm guessing a recent retiree (doing home improvement chores on a weekday). He told me "You know this guitar sold for $150 new?" I didn't have the heart to tell him it streeted for twice that. It was clear he didn't need the dosh though, so I didn't feel bad.

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