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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by MEL_P, Jan 25, 2006.
Best looking black strat I've ever seen!
Thanks, I like it a bunch too!
My '16 American Standard Stratocaster!
That's my strat rockin on.
I think @Asmith is right... that is a beauty! It’s just kind of subtly perfect. Nothing is over the top, it just has the perfect balance in one package.
Here's our MDX custom suede:
Picked this up yesterday. MIJ Foto Flame neck, MJT body, Fender SCN and Dimarzio pickups. Came in a 2007 Scott Dixon aluminum Fender case.
1981 Fender MIJ '57 RI
My recent purchase a bone stock 2001 American Series Strat in white blonde.
The rosewood fretboard is the darkest I've ever seen in person.
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My Jimmie Vaughan Strat with its two compadres...replaced the stock pickguard with a 920D loaded pickguard w/DiMarzio Area 58/61 Lincoln Brewster pickups.
The latest addition, an SX Traditional Series, age unknown. Listed as Television Yellow in the ad I bought it from, I'm noticing it's not too far off Platefire's Squire posted above.
I had a quick peek under the hood and saw that there are mini pots, which will be upgraded in the future.
It looks cleaner and less dinged than it actually is on the front. Better than a €60 beater might be expected to be. The neck, while a little on the orange side, is not that bad in comparison to some I've seen. It'd probably look lighter and better balanced on a darker body. With at least 2 other guitars in various states of modding development, I'm going to resist the temptation of stripping it to a lighter shade, as that would create a whole raft of problems, and I hope I'm learning from other mistakes to know when to leave well enough alone
The nicks, dinks and bangs show up more on the back, but that's not a problem.
The tuners are a non-stock, black nickel type. I fully intend to replace them with full black at some point
My 2008 Fender American Standard. I found it online at a Norwegian eBay-like site a few weeks ago. The ad had been up for about 7 minutes, and the guy wanted $490 for it. It took me a couple of seconds to process how cheap it was, before I sent the guy a message saying I was interested if it was still available. Sure enough, I finally found a real bargain, and the next day I went and picked it up (he lived half an hour from me, so no shipping necessary).
I love it! It's currently getting a pro setup, I'm having it set up for '9s in Eb tuning. Gonna be my go-to guitar for all things Hendrix, Yngwie, SRV, whatever else requires said tuning. Can't wait to get my hands on it again, and get some recording done.
My home built Tele style Strat - or "Stratele". Full hollow body with semi attached floating bridge, made of pine with 3mm mdf top covered in a cool looking wallpaper we used in the house. Standard Tele style bridge with no name bridge pup, acoustic pup at neck mounted on custom ring to increase height to strings. Standard Tele 3 way switch control plate angled Strat style.
I'm not overly impressed with the bridge pup, and don't really like the 3 saddle type set up. May swap out for a 6 saddle Tele bridge and better quality pup. The missus reckons I should change bridge and control plate h/ware to black.
Has a lovely sweet sound from the acoustic pup which I really love using for subtle lead work and softer rhythms. It handles mildly distorted channels on my multi effects pedal very well. Neck action is fantastic - really love it. It's just a standard MIC maple on maple with a very light satin finish - feels smooth as silk to play.
This is my new love affair. A Classic Series 60’s Lacquer. It plays and feels great. I put a set of Bodeans pickups in it, (which I highly recommend and should do a review on). It hasn’t been in action for an extended period yet, but we have that bond and I think it’s gonna be #1.
Wow Macrogats that is a really unique and individual Strat. Love the wallpaper top and the neck pup looks wonderful. I'd never have suspected it was for an acoustic.
I'm definitely a fan of black hardware, but that's usually on a natural finish, but it would suit what you've got there. Bear in mind, if you change the bridge and control plate, you should probably replace the tuners too, as the chrome would look out of sync with the black. Sudenly, that's another cost you weren't planning on. A change to 6 saddle, either vintage or modern would be a good idea, though.
I've only got two, down from 5 a few years ago. Here they are.
Partscaster. Fender body (of indeterminate age, pretty new, though), Fender licensed Warmoth neck, Fender locking tuners, Graphtech string trees, GFS trem and stainless steel saddles, Fender pickups (maybe Mexican). I got most of the parts to build it in trade for a '66 Tele bridge pickup.
Squier Japan 'E' Series, circa '84 - '86, not sure exactly which year. All stock with that wacky 'System 1' trem. It's beat to hell, but it's a real player. Even the ceramic pickups sound pretty great.
Wow, some really tasty strats in here! Didn't realize I hadn't posted my #1 strat in Agave Blue:
I like my strat after some mods. The bridge is actually a middle position quarter pounder which I had spare which is less shrill than the stock Fat 50’s bridge but not too hot. I really like it.
They are too easy to mod
I took out the annoying no load tone pot, put locking tuners on and put in a nice Wilkinson bridge... but then I blocked it, so its essentially a hardtail now.
It does sound gloriously ‘stratty’ now though.
I have a HSS pickguard to swap in sometime too when i get bored.
What I really want though is the old Wilkinson Convertible trem which would lock when the arm was dropped.