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NGD! A Strat??! American Original 60's Strat CAR

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Minivan Megafun, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    This is the craziest thing. I've never bought two guitars in such a short period of time. But just 3 or 4 weeks after buying my AO60's Tele I've bought an AO60's Strat! I loved the neck on the Tele so much that I decided to sell off a couple other guitars and go the same direction for a Strat as well. Also, the quality on the AO Tele is so high that I figured the Strat has to be dang good as well.

    So for 2020 Candy Apply Red has been discontinued and replaced by Shell Pink. Not really feeling any enthusiasm for a pink, white, or sunburst guitar, I searched out and found a retailer with a CAR online. And the bonus is that since they're last year's model they're still at last year's price!

    Another crazy thing - this guitar is brand new (straight from the dealer) but it has a V17 serial number. Curious, as I disassembled the guitar to do a full setup after it arrived today I found that the neck is stamped Sept 11, 2017 and the body is stamped April 22, 2017! Fender didn't even announce the AO series until January of 2018 at NAMM. So... this guitar was made many months before the series was even announced and it's probably been sitting in the back of a warehouse for a good part of the past 3 years.

    So after several hours of tweaking (this is why I prefer Teles) I finally got it dialed in. The only flaw I can find in the guitar is a couple of the pick guard screws were kinda off target and screwed it at an angle. Other than that, it's flawless. Sounds great, looks great, is great! Weighs 7.76 lbs and it's about perfect.

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  2. spurgie79

    spurgie79 Tele-Afflicted

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    That is beautiful. Those new cases are nice as well. Nice choice!
     
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    Beauty! And what a pair!

    I went in a similar direction - when I got my AV '64 Tele, I went out and sold an American Standard Strat to get an AV '59 Strat. Never looked back.
     
  4. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

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    I love red Strats. That's gorgeous.
     
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  5. Fender-guy

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    That is so nice!! I didn’t even know they offered a candy red version. There’s a Olympic white one at one of my local McQuades. I always grab it when I’m there, I love how round the neck is. Not a huge baseball bat but still a nice actual full C shape.
     
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  6. Minivan Megafun

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    They did! L&M has ONE red one in their system. It's at a store in Sounthern ON and I considered having it shipped to a Winnipeg store. However, before I went through the bother I wanted to know the weight to see if it was worthwhile or not. They wouldn't weight it for me. So I ended up finding one at a retailer in Kelowna called Wentworth Music. They had it on the Reverb shop and shipped it to me Canada Post!
     
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  7. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Yep, pretty much. I've still got my Telebration 75 Tele Custom on Reverb. No one in Canada appears to have cash lol
     
  8. Minivan Megafun

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    Here's a few gut shots. Interesting that the barcode sticker labels say "American Classic Series 60's Strat". Wonder if the name of the series still hadn't been nailed down when they made this one.

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  9. Macrogats

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    Great looking Purchase. Time for some Dire Straits!

    Love your Tele as well. Looks really nice.
     
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  10. Fender-guy

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    Hey thanks for the tip, London south store has one! I’ll be calling tomorrow. Nice how it has the gold instead of silver as part of the candy finish. Gold always looks cooler as it pokes through when it starts to wear.
     
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  11. Minivan Megafun

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    Yeah that's the one I was looking at! Plus it's still at last year's price! (They're $2799 CAD now)
     
  12. Fender-guy

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    Yeah that’s pretty sweet. Definitely going to see if I can get that shipped my way.
     
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    I was looking for a 'Strat Car!'
    Me stoopid!

    - beautiful guitar!
     
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    Very nice pair of axes. Congratulations.
     
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    Great guitars. You are killin' it, man.
     
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    I was thinking something similar after you mentioned the neck date earlier.

    Congrats on a cool Strat!
     
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    Cool!

    It this version of C.A.R. over silver or over gold?

    The 50th Anniversary Jazz bass body I have is over gold.
     
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    CAR? What sort of camera are u using?

    Looks like Hot Pink!
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    Thanks for the photos :)

    Congratulations on your new guitar!
     
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    Awesome! Congrats! Will all of your Tele’s accept it int the file, though, I wonder ;)
     
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