Must have Strat years....

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  1. vishnu

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    I was thinking' of the Les Paul 58 and 59s and was wonderin' if there was a equivalent "must have" in the strat CS model RI years ?



    Which model year do you hanker after or prefer and do you think the slab years 59/62 is the way to go?


    Oh, BTW....is there much of a difference in the guitars between the years 59/62?


    Thanks Guys :)
     
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    54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 ,61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 ,68, 69.... :>)
     
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    I dont know of the RI models , but any early Fender , not CBS models were well made but it had that hand made inconsistancies, David Gilmour said, "you could go to the fender factory and play 100 strats and only buy 2 ."

    But post CBS guitars did not have any pinasche, but are different than the modern ones or the RI for specific years, I would have to say anything pre CBS but by now are all beaten to crap or in some collectors vault
     
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    :)
     
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    I was thinkin' of the RIs Strats....... someone had mentioned that the "slab years" were very good years for Strat "must haves"

    I was just tryin' to gauge what the Strat equivalent of the Les Paul 58s and 59s were so I could look at the CS reissues.....
     
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    A 1954 hard tail I played was nice but 40k asking was a bit much for a stick bolted to a plank. So easy to duplicate these specs and get the sound which I did for about $400.00. But spec. wise, yep, I like the 54 the best.
     
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    Thanks Flakey :)
     
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    Yes, a stick glued to a plank painted gold on the top is infinitely more valuable...
    Unless the headstock has broken off too many times to glue it back on again...

    What would Jimi play ?
     
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    Some may say 54, 59 (rosewood).
    Personally, 55-56, 59 (rw) would get my vote.
    Extra points (for me) for hardtail, though the “market” would disagree.
     
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    The 59 RW you speak of ^ would be one of the so called slab boards, yes?
     
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    Yes, indeed.
     
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    Hmmmm, I wonder if there were/are much difference between the 59/60/61/62 models?

    Could anyone pipe up about any major difference in the models that came ^ along between these years?
     
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    Anything he felt like playing

    Jimi playing one doesn't give the guitar anymore cred. Jimi also played Flying Vs and SG customs and I don't think Jimi sets the standard of what a good guitar is. That is purely subjective to each player.

    I feel the same about Les Pauls too.

    Dollar value isn't the point of the OP. Like I said you can duplicate the same thing today by doing your research, seeking out vendors that make excellent duplicates of the parts, and putting one together yourself. Electric guitars are not very complicated things in the string instrument world. Follow the fundamental rules for laying out the guitar and you can make or have made for you in the specs of your choice and have something identical in feel and tone. For a strat, I like the 1954 hardtail.

    Oh and I've seen many strat and tele headstocks broken and cracked as well.
     
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    In general the neck becomes thinner and narrower at the nut as years progress. Rosewood is use and maple neck fade away. Ash bodies gave way to alder. Then there are multitude of changes to the composition to the electronic components.

    The Fender Stratocaster, 1954-1984
    Book by A. R. Duchossoir

    Gives a good breakdown of the transitions and changes made though out the years.
     
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    I’ve owned quite a few slab board Strats, and Teles.
    I find 59s and 60s necks somewhat wider and flatter on the back.
    “Bigger” might suffice.
    They all sounded the same, that is “good”.
    I had about three slab board Strats from 1973 to 1978.
    They were $250, on average, at the time.
    50s maple neck guitars commanded a whopping $350.
    I had a hardtail Oly White 62, an regular Oly White 62, a sunburst, year unknown.
    I became more of a Tele at age 21, in 1978.
    I remain more of a Tele guy, 40 years later.

    as a post script

    The best Strat I ever owned was a Fender 2006/2007 Guitar Center limited run 1960 relic, black with matching headstock.
    It was lightly relic-ed, was very light, and rang out acoustically.
    A friend has it, and uses it a lot.
    He and it are worthy!
     
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    many thanks guys :)
     
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    Well, I still have 7 strats (but none vintage). Of these, I really like my 57AVRI and 69 Custom Shop models. Obviously these have vintage style features and specs - one maple/one rosewood. I also think they are better guitars than the "originals" that I had back in the late 60s/early 70s. Having said that though, probably my favorite Strat is my 2004 50th Anniversary model. It is the "regular" version made just that year - not the "deluxe" version with gold hardware nor the Custom Shop 54 model. It basically has the modern American Strat maple neck, trem, and hardware specs, but this model has a 2 tone sunburst ash body with wonderful special spec "54" pickups. Its a little heavier than some of my other Strats but its playability and sound are really excellent. They don't pop up for sale very often and you don't hear much about them anymore, but they are truly terrific guitars. Also came with a really classy tweed case with plush yellow/gold lining and special embroidered "50th Anniversary" logo.
     
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    surprised no one has said 1957, yet!

    Many Strat enthusiasts think this year represents the apex of 50s features (alder body, 2-tone sunburst, fat V-shaped maple neck).

    It’s all relative, of course, to personal preference - but ‘54, ‘57, and early slab-board models seem to be regarded as ‘must-haves’.
     
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    Right above you.... Second sentence “57AVRI”.

    When I read it I was thinking, of course the 57 would be a good one to have. I like the 62 as well.
     
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    If you are talking about re-issues, my favourites are early 60s with Custom colour finishes.

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