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This looks like a great deal to me...MIM FSR Strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by JBFatFingers, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. JBFatFingers

    JBFatFingers Tele-Meister

    Oct 9, 2016
    Canton, MI
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  2. fjrabon

    fjrabon Tele-Holic

    Dec 22, 2010
    If I was in the market for a strat this would be my near perfect strat. Satin neck, rosewood fretboard, heavy mass trem block, 3 color sunburst and a tort guard for under $500. Dang.

    Especially tempting since this will likely be one of the last MiM rosewood fretboards.
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  3. eugeneoh531

    eugeneoh531 TDPRI Member

    Sep 10, 2015
    Houston, TX
    Man, wish this was out when I bought my strat. Checks almost all the boxes for me.

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  5. tery

    tery Friend of Leo's

    Sep 21, 2012
    That is better than the Stupid Deal Of The Day !
    * I see they also have a black Strat / Maple fingerboard for the same price .
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2017
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  6. skydog6653

    skydog6653 Tele-Meister

    Jan 10, 2013
    Lowell, Indiana

  7. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    It is a pretty guitar, from the description since it doesn't say alnico pickups, I think it has the cheap dual bar magnet pickups, and the full size trem block is still a cast block not steel.
    So depending on what you like it might still need some upgrades , but it is a nice looking axe.

  8. Torz Johnson

    Torz Johnson Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 9, 2003
    Yeah, for $479 it's not even plated in gold either. What a POS. :p
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  9. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    I wish it were a hardtail I'd get one. A tremolo adds 1.5 lbs to the guitar.

  10. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    Fender doesn't seem to make many cheaper hardtail Strats , the MIM Robert Cray Strats have non trem bridge, if you can find one used they are great sounding guitars and have IMO great feeling necks.

    And I wasn't knocking the guitar in my earlier post, just clarifying some details about it like the pickups and tremolo block. A used 60s Classic MIM might be found for around the same price with alnico pickups and a vintage spaced tremolo bridge ( also with a cast non steel block though)
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  11. scooter_trasher

    scooter_trasher Tele-Meister

    Jul 2, 2012
    I used to run a block in my 57 ri, Instant hard tail pops right out to change back

  12. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Holic

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    I'm not seeing any difference between this and a MIM Standard, except this is on sale for $100 less. "Standard" pickups is code for "ceramic"- if they were alnico, they'd have said so.

    If I was going to spend $500 on a Strat, I'd pick up a used MIM Classic. Or, if I was lucky, a used USA G&L Legacy.

  13. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Friend of Leo's

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky
    i say go for it. it's very pretty.

  14. Randypttt

    Randypttt Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 8, 2010
    Elyria Oh
    Nice looking no doubt. Still not sure why they dont offer alnico pups. Added costs I suppose but still....
    I had an 07 CAR for a few years. The pups were sweet sounding pop\soul but no real grind.
    For about 2 bills less theres the Squier CV 60. Looks identical.
    My 2 cts

  15. Wildwind

    Wildwind TDPRI Member

    Jul 23, 2010
    Lansing, Michigan
    The stock ceramics in my MIM Strat actually sounded very good. I did replace them but only because my gig needs silent pickups.

    If in the market, I'd buy this one in a heartbeat.
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  16. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

  17. bryan83

    bryan83 Tele-Meister

    Nov 25, 2006
    I received the similar FSR black HSS as a gift from the wife a year or two ago. Pickups were junk though IMO. Threw in some CS '69s, new wiring and quality electrical components, set up, and fret dress. Good way to get into a cheap Gilmour Strat project.

    Best part about it was the neck. Chunky and vintage style. I'm very happy with it now, also veryhappy with the wife for the sweet gift.

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  18. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    The MIM pups are far from terrible. I recommend a listen to some YouTube videos with the ceramic pickups that come with the standard MIM strats. Some respectable tones I think.
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  19. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I think the stock MIM ceramic strat pickups are rude and nasty - exactly what they should be. They drive an amp nicely also.

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