NGD, 1998 MIM Stratocaster

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  1. Lone Picker

    Lone Picker Tele-Meister

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    Been wanting to get an MIM Stratocaster for a while now. This came up on my Facebook Marketplace. Its the color I've been looking for, and in great condition with a nice Fender case. Its a 1998 and all original and I think I will keep it this way for a while. The pickups sound great to me. Does anyone know what kind of magnets are in these pickups? The frets are very thin compared to the Tele's I own, but I am getting used to them. Wasn't sure if I would like them at first. Not really into the tremolo, so I will block it or add heavy duty springs. DSCF0154.JPG DSCF0152.JPG
     
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    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    Nice. I bought it's Tele twin yesterday.
     
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    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    ceramic bar mags


    HNGD looks stunning. I love rosewood necks too.


    (380) Arctic White
     
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    Cool!
     
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    Nice
     
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    Nice one! HNGD!
     
  7. Lone Picker

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    It may be Arctic White, but it turned into a nice cream color.
     
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    Nice looking strat, congrats.
     
  9. schmee

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    My #1 Strat is a 1998 and identical. Same creamy white. It's the best strat I've ever had. Unplugged it resonates so much it tickles my ribs! Of course I now have new electronics in it. My fretboard was super dark Rosewood like yours. It has the trapzoidal tuners right? It should have.
    But I wonder if that neck has been changed...? The logo and etc dont seem quite right.. as well as the rectangular tuner knobs....?
    Well worn now...
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    Good looking guitar.
     
  11. Lone Picker

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    Schmee, My tuners are the square Fender tuners. This was bought from the original owner who changed nothing. Can you show a pic of your logo and tuners? Your guitar looks much whiter than mine.
     
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    Hi, here is what mine looked like. (not my actual guitar) The neck is gone though, so no logo pic. I played it so much it was refretted twice so I bought a new MIM neck a couple years ago!
    Hard to say what was going on I suppose. I bought mine used in 2003-2004. My white is creamier than it looks in that pic.
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    I had a 1996 MIM tele and they had alnico pups in that era, as well as the small frets. They didn’t go to ceramic mags and larger fret wire till around 2004. If it’s stock, my two cents would be leave it that way. I learned a lot “modding” that old tele and eventually sold it to a friend for a friendly price, primarily because I couldn’t stand what I’d done when I learned a bit better. If I’d left it alone, I’d have kept it because it was a great guitar but I got caught up chasing internet hype.
     
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    I've got the same guitar made in 2000, if you like the sound, the stock ceramic pickups, with the light block work well as intended. I would suggest that you figure out how to set up the floating bridge, whether you use the bar or not - IMHO the spring and block Trem system is the heart of the stratocaster sound, if that does not work out for you, just block it and move on.
     
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    >They didn’t go to ceramic mags and larger fret wire till around 2004.<

    med. jumbo frets, ceramic bar mags was 2006 was the Tele upgrade.

    Std. Strat always has the ceramic bar
     
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    I stand corrected! Either way, though, the OP already has nice alnico pups if that thing is still all original. I stand by my opinion that he should just set it up well and be happy. My brother has a Strat if that era and it is very nice, indeed!
     
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    I do know how to set up a floating bridge. Just saying it might be an idea to block it, kinda like Clapton always did. So, we think these are alnico magnets or ceramic? Not that it matters all that much, just curious. I will keep it stock, just was thinking of making it like a hardtail.
     
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    That's a nice looking guitar dude. Congrats.
     
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    o_O
     
  20. dinomike77

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    Sorry for misunderstanding. You’re saying the STRAT was always ceramic. My apologies.
     
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