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Is this MIM strat worth it

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by golfnut, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. golfnut

    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    I never really thought of owning a strat as I don't have much use for one but I don't mind plucking one every now and then if I could get one cheap enough.
    Here is a MIM standard strat from 1999j for $375 Canadian ($275 US)

    Can you folks tell me, is it worth it. From the pics do I have any reason to believe it may not be legit?

    https://www.kijiji.ca/v-guitar/miss...atocaster-candy-cola-red/1509921391?undefined
     
  2. jamesepowell

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    See that one on the left? I got that MIM strat a little bit below what yours is asking. I put what I considered to be a low ball what the hell bid on ebay and forgot about it. Two weeks later, I'm a strat owner for the first time in my life.

    It is one of my favorite guitars of all time. The price is low enough that if the money isn't precious to you, it's definitely worth a try. You can probably sell it for what you paid for it.

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  3. Brendan

    Brendan Tele-Holic

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    Looks legit.
     
  4. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    if you want a strat, yeah
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    You’ll find a use for it, trust me.
     
  6. golfnut

    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    I've had expensive strats in the past then would sell them for lack of playing them. My last strat was a Wildwood 10 custom shop. Beautiful guitar with a big nocaster U neck. It didnt get any better for me. But I'm a pure tele guy so hated having that much tied up in to a guitar I hardly used.
    But there is the odd time at home I like to noodle on a strat as I enjoy that tone occasionally. For just a bit over $300 I wouldn't even think of the money tied up in to it. Might even be motivated to change out the pickups if I desired.
    Was thinking of offering $350 Canadian ($255 US) and see what happens.
     
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    It's a nice guitar. I just sold my '99 MIM Strat yesterday for $400 US. It was in excellent condition with a couple of upgrades. That one almost looks new. I'd do it if I were in the market for one.
     
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  8. RhythmFender

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    Looks like a nice deal to me.
     
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    I see the guitar is no longer available... did you get it?
    If so, how about an update?
     
  10. golfnut

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    No. I inquired as soon as I saw the ad but I was too late.
     
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    My experience with Fenders is that they can be inconsistent from the manufacturer. A good one is good, regardless of the factory location. Try before you buy!
     
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    I put Duncan’s on mine and shimmed the neck angle. Other than that, it’s a fine guitar.
     
  13. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    The link just shows a bunch of Strats. But to me 90's through early 2000's MIM are often great guitars. To me they are $300 guitars, I've bought them as low as $175 (my #1 Strat for 15 years now!)
    But I'm probably living in the past..... as Fender raised prices the bargain MIM's seemed to have disappeared to a large extent.
     
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  14. bgmacaw

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    True. They're kind of like 70's Strats that were super cheap back in the 80's. You could buy one for about $250 or so. Today, you'll probably have to pay $1500 to $2000 or so for one, maybe more.
     
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