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Show Us Your Latest 'Favorite' Strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by JJLC, Aug 10, 2020.

  1. Eeeeeagle

    Eeeeeagle TDPRI Member

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    2B0D477D-D69B-4ACA-883A-8A944EC4A4C7.jpeg Bone stock American Vintage Hot Rod 50’s for me. Oddity in the mix of vintage and modern features but wouldn’t trade it for the world.
     
  2. EspyHop

    EspyHop Tele-Holic

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    Just a ‘95 American Standard. The ‘90s Am.Stands. are my all-time favorite Strats. Had two that I stupidly parted with a few years back and just got this earlier this year because I absolutely needed one.

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  3. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    My partscaster. MIM body, Warmoth 10-14 compound radius modern construction neck. Custom Shop '69 pickups with a three way switch plus neck on push-pull making it a five-way. Fender locking tuners, bone nut and steel trem block. F neck plate. Shorty whammy bar.
     
  4. Engine Swap

    Engine Swap Tele-Afflicted

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    Hardtail partscaster I put together in 1997. Might be Allparts neck and body, but I don't recall. Stewmac Golden Age pickups in the neck and middle - Twangbanger in the bridge.

    I've never been able to quite get this one sorted out. Working on the nut and truss rod to get the playabilty where I want it.

    Great sustain and tone.

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  5. Elmore

    Elmore Tele-Holic

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  6. tweedman2001

    tweedman2001 Tele-Afflicted

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    My current favorite. 2019 Road Worn 50s. Stock except wired for tone pot on bridge pup instead of middle.

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    Photo courtesy of Parkway Music where I purchased this guitar
     
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  7. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Okay, I admit it, the "Boardcaster" is barely a strat.

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    Pine body with the top made from my old pedal board (hence the name) the hardware from a nineties Samick ES-335 copy, the fingerboard and truss rod from my old broken Epiphone Les Paul custom, Random humbuckers I had lying around, Tuners for an Ibanez RG shredder guitar.

    It also has the fattest neck you'll ever see but everybody who played it complimented me on how awesome I made that neck feel.

    I play it all of the time.
     
  8. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Tele-Afflicted

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    Ms.Piggy is my current go to strat.
    It has some oddball left-handed stagger alnico 3"s, swamp ash body, 12" neck radius and jumbo frets.

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  9. ElJay370

    ElJay370 Tele-Afflicted

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    I love the little pickguard around the neck pickup.
     
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  10. Telegazer

    Telegazer Tele-Holic

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    Everyone needs a Strat! Kinda.

    Last month I found one of my Boss' old builds from 2013 on the used market for half of what it sold new, and I'm loving it so much, I just might sell my beloved vintage white CIJ ST68-TX after 12 years of faithful service...despite being a proper beauty and a phenomenal workhorse that has never required a setup. I really can't justify having two SSS-configuration Strats, as a good Strat will cover all history and more, as far as I'm concerned.

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    Slightly overwound 1954's, makassar ebony fretboard w/loads of fret left, dents and all sorts of goodness. Bumps/checking in the nitro are complimenting the rust and grime nicely, and it fits like a pair of unwashed jeans.

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  11. dickey

    dickey Friend of Leo's

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    My '72, although the SN puts it at late '71. Never seen a '71 with a 3-bolter.
    Stereo2.JPG Stock except rear pickup from a '76,wired with a blender control for every possible PU combination, and re-fretted with medium jumbos.
     
  12. Attilla DeHunt

    Attilla DeHunt TDPRI Member

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    I call her the "Strato-Quilter"
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    I know it is easy to see why
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    Got the most wildly figured Bird's-eye neck
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    The 'board is incredible
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    Lacks focus and still shows the figuring
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    A 'Duncan Hummer in the back with a pair of Fender Custom Shop singles in front
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    I guess officially she is a Partscaster, with "Mighty Mite" and Genuine Fender & F.C.S. elements.
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    Sure is a Puurrrtteeeee girl, and she looks great, too!!
     
  13. Attilla DeHunt

    Attilla DeHunt TDPRI Member

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    The finish cracks on this and all the other MIMs like it is a drag, but She is a pretty cool Paisley Mexican! 20171231_165226.jpg 20171231_165246.jpg 20171231_165623.jpg 20171231_165449.jpg 20171231_165318.jpg
     
  14. Togman

    Togman Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Having been brought up on a diet of Hank Marvin & The Shadows, I've always had a yearning for a Red Strat. It took me a while to get there, but I eventually got this MIM FSR Strat with Gold Hardware in Feb 2019. It quickly became my No.1 Guitar.

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  15. Jake909

    Jake909 Tele-Meister

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    Late arriving to the electric party. 60th Anniversary with CS Fat 50 p'ups. My only Strat. For now. Easy to play. Fine Strat tones as you would expect. Keeps me comin' back.

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  16. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    This one isn't mine, but it's my current favorite: A partscaster [obviously] I just finished assembling for a friend. It has a custom made Warmoth neck (not one of their normal production necks) with 22 6100 frets and a 10"-16 compound radius; we didn't identify the neck carve, and Warmoth told us it was a one-off build and they had no other info on it. I had to plug and relocate/redrill the neck screw holes and install a new nut on it. The body is an 08 Highway One that was sanded down to bare wood and has quite a few purposeful burn marks and what appear to be real battle scars, all acquired before my friend got it.

    I routed the pickguard to match the neck pocket (there was about a 32nd of overhang on the bass side of the neck pocket) and to fit the Railhammer HB-sized Gnarly-90 (I buggered the pickup rout a bit, but it's not terribly ugly, kind of fits with the rest of the guitar), installed the Gnarly-90 and a True Velvet in the neck position with 4-way tele wiring, a DonH safety circuit, a 500k volume pot, and a kill switch, wired to a Puretone Technologies output jack (I suggested this jack because I think they're more reliable than a standard Switchcraft. I can't hear the tone difference that Puretone claims). I posted last week about the Gnarly-90, looking for help repairing a hogged-out mounting hole on one of the legs. Thanks to all who helped with that, it was a raging success!

    I assembled the whole thing and got it set up last night, and it flat-out rips. 4th position (both pickups in series) is rowdy to say the least. Both pickups on their own sound awesome, and 2nd position sounds more tele-like than I would have expected. My friend has my own frankenstrat to play while was finishing this guy, and I almost want to trade him for this one. :D:lol:

    I seem to get weird angles when I take photos; the pickguard is indeed aligned correctly on the body.

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  17. LoveHz

    LoveHz Tele-Holic

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    Well this one moved into the house this very day. It's not a 'proper' Strat at all but one of Mr Levinson's Blade Californias. It's in 'as new' condition, is beautifully made, plays very well and sounds exactly like what I was looking for. And that little toggle switch for the active boost will be very handy. Nice stuff all round.

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  18. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Friend of Leo's

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    MIM Fender neck and tuners, Lace Alumitone pickups, can't remember who I got the body from or even what the wood is. My first partscaster, I bought the neck in 2002 accumulated the rest over the course of 18 months, then waited three or four years to gather up the courage to put it together. So glad I did!

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  19. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a strat, and I could post it. But it would be a little disingenuous . . . as I don't really like strats.

    Plus there is way too much sunburst in this thread for my liking. I'm tutting. Can you hear me tutting?
     
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  20. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Friend of Leo's

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    I'm with you on sunburst. This was my second ever guitar. Bought used in '75. When the sunburst was removed I realised it was two thin layers of timber with a thick layer of blocks in between. Took a while to appreciate it, but now I love it.

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