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Looking for a good budget Strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by tochiro, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. tochiro

    tochiro Tele-Meister

    Jun 21, 2009

    What's the "best" Strat below $600? Is it the Classic Vibe like with Teles? I'm playing rock/blues songs. What's your opinion? Thank you.

  2. Lazerface

    Lazerface Tele-Holic

    Aug 15, 2012
    Used mum classic series. My dad just picked up a used 60s something mim strat that plays great and sounds wonderful. He loves it, and has been playing strats for 40+ years
  3. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2011
    Jasper, TN
    For 600 hundred, if you keep your eyes open, you can buy an American Strat.
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  5. stankepanck

    stankepanck Tele-Holic

    Sep 29, 2012
    Greensburg PA
    Yup. Be patient and you will find an american standard for $600. I think that thats actually about what they are worth used even tho most people tend to think the Strat they paid $1000 for new is still worth that much. Lol
  6. telemaster7082

    telemaster7082 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 10, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    I think that depends in where you are. Ive never seen an american anything, telecaster/stratocaster/etc, under $900. Even the used MIM's go for more than $500 on a regular basis.

    With the CV tele that I have, Id keep my eyes open for a CV. Personally, I think these are amazing guitars for the money.
  7. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2007
    New Jersey
    Here's an American Standard with 5 hours left on the auction, and a current high bid of $550. I found this one with a very simple search on eBay.

    I think a sub-$600 American Strat is definitely a possibility.
  8. JayBeezy42

    JayBeezy42 Tele-Meister

    Nov 5, 2012
    G&L Tribute S-500, IMO. If you want traditional pickups instead of MFDs, there's the Legacy.
  9. flyswatter

    flyswatter Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2013
    I've tried just about every kind of under $600 Strat out there. For my money, the MIM Strat standard is the best for the money. I greatly prefer MIM to Classic Vibe, but of course other people prefer the opposite.

    As for used, you'll be lucky to find a US Standard used for $600 -- but an American Special (the one with the big headstock) often goes for around that.

    G & Ls are okay as someone mentioned and worth keeping an eye out for used. LTD (by ESP) make a high quality Strat copy that goes for around $350 new and can be bought for a song second hand.
  10. bob1234

    bob1234 Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 22, 2013

    Unless you need it to say "fender" on the headstock, this is almost unanimously agreed to be the best cost effective strat on the planet. Will go toe to toe with fender USA standards.

    Oh, and you will be spending maybe 300$, not 600$.
  11. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    And what is that guitar? A Peavey? Which model?
  12. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2007
    New Jersey
    So, exactly what is that thing with the ugly headstock? :eek:
  13. tacomamc

    tacomamc Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 2, 2009
    Northeast Pa
    I'll 2nd the ESP. I've got the ESP LTD ST203 and utility is decidedly a better "Strat" thaN my 1994 American std or the classic vibe I had. I bought my ESP new for $350 and feel it was more than worth it. The only change I'd like to Mahle is a full sized trem block.
  14. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2007
    New Jersey
    That AmStd sold for $550 - just one bid. There are definitely good deals out there.
  15. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2011
    Jasper, TN
    I looked at the sold listings on strats on ebay. There are a lot, many with case, that have sold for between 400-600, some even less if beat up, parts upgraded, etc.
  16. Lunchie

    Lunchie Poster Extraordinaire

    I would buy a later Japanese Strat before a MIA should be able to find one below $600. MIJ Squiers are an even bigger bang for your buck.
  17. T-Bone

    T-Bone Tele-Holic

    Aug 28, 2012
    The new MIM Strats are very nice.

    A used one can be bought for a song, and you can mod it to be anything you'd like it to be.
  18. wright4000

    wright4000 Tele-Meister

    Dec 22, 2010
    Oxford , Maine
    My American series was only $500, a little beat up, but still a great guitar

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  19. YoGeorge

    YoGeorge Tele-Holic

    Mar 16, 2003
    Think about what you want in a strat as well.

    You should be able to get into something like a used Highway One or maybe American Special. But also, there are some wonderful MIM strats like the classic series already mentioned--and consider some of the artist models like the Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray (if you might like a hardtail).

    Maybe a used Road Worn? They were selling new Road Worn Player series strats for $500-600 new very recently.

    Good luck,
  20. Obsessed

    Obsessed Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 21, 2012
    Go have fun shopping for a new MIM. I love mine and you could test a lot of them to find one with the right mojo.
  21. Cheshiergrin

    Cheshiergrin Tele-Meister

    Oct 22, 2013
    I buy mexi strats and mod them, I see them on C L for around 200 sometimes. Those classic vibe squires are awsome though, and they come with tonerider pups. But I agree 600 and some dilligence could get an american strat. The nice thing about sticking with fender of some kind is if you want to mod or even get a pickgaurd things will fit.
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