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1996 Lonestar Strat... Potential purchase

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by goddardo, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. goddardo

    goddardo Tele-Meister

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    So I've got my eye on this rather play worn but tasty looking Lonestar Strat. It'll cost me £650. Just looking for comments and opinions from other Lonestar owners. Only issues are missing Tone knob and back plate. Cheers guys
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  2. zimbo

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    Had one. Hard to play and way too much hum from from the single coils.
     
  3. 41144

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    One of my son's has got one, same Teal Green colour too - Monster tone imo.
    The humbucker in the bridge gives it real bite.

    His has the SD Pearly Gates (edit: Just checked back on this, apparently it's the Pearly Gates Plus, so a bit more vintage compared to current Pearly Gates production - still a great pickup imo) and two Texas Specials - I believe there are some variations in the pickups they came out the factory with, so you might want to check on that?

    Whenever I've used it - no problems with hum(s) from the single-coils; but that sort of problem could be down to just a loose wire etc and not necessarily inherent to the model?

    No money to replace the missing bits and a couple of dings on a rapidly approaching 25 year old guitar shouldn't deter you.

    But, can you see/try before you buy - always best to and that neck looks a bit 'roughed up' to me, as if it's been played by someone wearing a thumb ring? Also, looks like it at least needs a fret dress if not refret?

    Given the above £650 would seem a fair price to me.
     
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  4. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I’ve had several of these. I love the mid 90’s American Standards. Incredibly consistent and fun guitars. I agree with Zimbo, the singles are noisy. But I have never really liked Texas Specials in anything. Pickups are easily swapped. I’d buy that. Great price on a really cool color.
     
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  5. sluglas

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    It's the same color as my 93 Mexican standard strat.
    If it has the same neck as mine , get it.
    Play the guitar , if it plays well , feels good and stays in tune.
    Then buy it,
    I never liked strats till I picked up my 93 mexistrat for $100 back in 1999. It is still my number 1 and many pickups have passed through that guitar.
     
  6. NTC

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    I have one (since new) and it is a great guitar. The bridge-middle position doesn't sound stratty, but I dont use it. American std neck is 9.5 in radius, 22 frets, not like the Mexican Strats of the time (well, wrt frets). I love it for the humbucker.
     
  7. Fiesta Red

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    Those are great guitars, and I love the looks and sound of them...£650 seems like a good deal...
     
  8. JDRNoPro

    JDRNoPro Friend of Leo's

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    I have a 96 Lonestar Strat - 3TSB/rosewood neck. It's a great guitar and quite versatile. Like the pickups but they need to be set fairly low for best tone. The neck is on the thinner side of "modern C" Fender necks.

    I like that color, but think the price is too high for the condition.

    edit - just noticed you are in UK, so not sure if that is too high over there.
     
  9. bluescaster72

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    I had a 96 MIM Sunburst rosewood Lonestar strat by far my favorite out of all the ones I owned. This being american the neck is going to feel different . but I loved mine. I do think with all the dings and wear maybe offer $550 -$600
     
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    One of my favorite Fender models.
     
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    Cool guitars. I have a '97 sunburst with maple neck. Pearly Gates + and two Texas Specials. Cool thing...in the second position the humbucker is automatically split to single coil.
     
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