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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Brian Krashpad, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 25, 2007
    GNV FLA USA
    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!:

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    Here's what she looks like from the front:

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

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    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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    The end!
     
  2. Glen Smith

    Glen Smith RIP

    Aug 20, 2011
    Canada
    Good deal and nice Strat.
     
  3. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 25, 2007
    GNV FLA USA
    Merci baucoups mon ami!

    Just a li'l cheapie, but bought at a decent price. She'll do, I reckon.
     
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  5. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Man, the intonation looks crazy on that bridge. Is it set up correctly?

    Pretty guitar, at any rate.
     
  6. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 25, 2007
    GNV FLA USA
    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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  7. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Sure, I know. More specifically, it just looked like the A, D, and the E1 were farther out than normal. :eek:

    Thanks, again, for sharing pics.
     
  8. bsman

    bsman Tele-Meister

    351
    Jun 8, 2003
    Santa Clara
    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!!!
     
  9. PaulStrattele

    PaulStrattele Tele-Holic

    788
    Jun 18, 2013
    WNC
    Nice looking Strat. Sounds like a good deal in any case. Congrats
     
  10. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 25, 2007
    GNV FLA USA
    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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    WHAT SAY YOU, eminently more talented and tasteful TDPRI-ers?
     
  11. RevMike

    RevMike Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    48
    Jul 15, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    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.
     
  12. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 25, 2007
    GNV FLA USA
    Done! In fact, before I got around to it, the seller dropped the price to $90!

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    :D
     
  13. RevMike

    RevMike Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    48
    Jul 15, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    How do you like it?
     
  14. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 25, 2007
    GNV FLA USA
    So far so good. Haven't had much chance. Just checked to see that everything functioned. Buried in work.
     
  15. RevMike

    RevMike Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    48
    Jul 15, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    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.
     
  16. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 25, 2007
    GNV FLA USA
    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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