If you had $1300 to spend on a strat, what would you buy?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Fendarr, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. Stoonasty

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    Player strat. Fender is really knocking it out of the park lately. Pocket the rest.
     
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    I've already got 5 Strat type guitars that scratch that itch.

    That being said, I've always wanted a Thinline Strat like the EJ or a Hendrix Monterrey would be nice.
     
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    Eric Johnson models. Great feel
    And sound!
     
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    A Telecaster.
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    I played an EJ thinline yesterday at a local shop and loved it. Now I need to find me a Rosewood version to give a good try.
     
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    Fender Performer Strat

    And about $200 left over from the $1,300
     
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    The Kotzen strat?
     
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    Buy a bunch of parts build. Easy to do and you get what you want and have about $700 left over.
     
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    $500 on used MIM. $800 on SF princeton, SF pro reverb, PRRI, or DRRI.

    Or $500 on SF TR, and $300 in amp parts for next build.
     
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    A used '56 or '54 RI
     
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    Always used, and an American Original 50's or 60's or 57 Hot Rod Vintage. Great guitars, nitro, nice pickups and necks.
     
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    I'd buy my tele that's up for sale and save 100 bucks :)
     
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    a MIM Standard with the 6 screw bridge. throw in some Pure Vintage 59’s... pocket the $400 spare
     
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    Used, always. I always figured the only reason to buy new is if you don't know enough to evaluate a used one and even then it's a poor reason. I don't even go in stores that only sell new stuff.

    My favorite strats are the old 80's and 90's models with the gold lace sensors - if it was me, I'd try to find an old Clapton strat or a Strat Plus.
     
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    If I was doing that, I'd go for either the 50's or 60's reissue MIM. I've always found those a lot nicer looking and feeling than the standards.

    Also, are you suggesting paying $900 for a MIM Standard strat and a set of pickups? I think I'd go to Music Go Round and pocket $800 or so. I can got to Guitar Center's web site and order the used guitar and new pickups right now for $550 and I can easily beat that by shopping around.
     
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    If I had to buy a new strat, it would be one of these three, probably in this order:
    • EOB sig with sustainer: I am not at all a fan of Radiohead, but this is one of the most usable 'modded' strats ever built.
    • Robert Cray sig: Hardtail. Need I say more?
    • Dave Murray sig: Perfect rock/metal strat. I absolutely love the instruments that Iron Maiden play.
     
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    This is exactly why the EOB is #1 on my list. And I don't even remotely like Radiohead.
     
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    I bought one back in '01. That guitar was so cool. No matter what amp you played it through, it made the fattest single notes. Funny thing though, it had its own mind. I was playing in a hair metal joke/tribute band at the time, and that guitar would resist the metal. It just didn't seem to like it. But as soon as I started playing a shuffle or a 12-bar progression it would sing. Loved that guitar.
     
  20. Tommyd55

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    I'd buy a Fender ToneMaster Delux Reverb and bank the rest.
     
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