Why do you like your strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by sothoth, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Durtdog

    Durtdog Poster Extraordinaire

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    Richard Thompson is a very talented musician.
    Every time I hear him sing, I see Hans Gruber in my mind.
     
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  2. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Holic Double Platinum Supporter

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    I think the overall consensus is that it’s the football shaped input jack that really makes the Strat so special :)
     
  3. Grateful Ape

    Grateful Ape Tele-Holic

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    I don't generally like strats. I do, however, love my strat. It has a piano-like low E with great depth and twang while simultaneously having defined-but-full treble strings. Open B vibrates the guitar like a bell. I've never found another like it (and I've been looking for a long time). It's a 1998 American Deluxe. Nothing special on the face of it. Oh, and it weighs about 7lb, so light as a feather.
     
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  4. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    Love the Strat, the first guitar I went for starting out.
    pros...
    Great design, very comfy to play standing and sitting, useful palate of tones to be had. Very much a “do it all” instrument.
    If a gig calls for a trem sounding guitar, mostly the strat will be thrown in the van.
    Cons...
    I do struggle with the anaemic bridge pick up.
    Bust a string on a gig and you better have an immediate back up.
     
  5. swany

    swany Tele-Meister

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    My first guitar was a Tele, but it was in a time when they weren't all that popular, at least in southern California, so I traded it in on a Strat. Being a fairly new player I didn't know the things you need to know about setting up a Strat so I could never keep it in tune, so that was the end of Strats for awhile and back to Telecasters, (as far as Fenders go). However about a year ago I got another Strat and with the knowledge I've developed through years of playing, (and online forums), I set it up right and it kicks a%$*. The bridge pickup, (yes I typed bridge), when played through an overdriven Fender tube amp is just wicked. I've always liked Strats because so many great players have chosen them. Now I have one that I love. Setup, that's the trick with Strats, it takes time and is a bit frustrating, but in the end it's more that worth it.
    Why do I like Strats? Sound, Comfort, Style.

    PS The Fender Telecaster is still my #1
     
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  6. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Afflicted

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    Love that classic strat out of phase sound.
     
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  7. Treadplatedual

    Treadplatedual Tele-Holic

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    I dislike trems as well, so I built a couple hardtail strats.

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  8. oopsimeltednitro

    oopsimeltednitro TDPRI Member

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    This.

    I tried to go for a while without a strat but needed that sound, so had to always have one in rotation.


     
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  9. johnnylaw

    johnnylaw Tele-Afflicted

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    It sounds great, fits like a glove, and makes me look sexier. Well, two out of three ain't bad.
     
  10. tamer_of_banthas

    tamer_of_banthas Tele-Holic

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    i go through periods of loving it and periods of feeling lukewarm about it. overall, it's not a bad guitar.
     

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  11. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I got tired of using the tremolo for a long while and just decked the trem so I could palm mute.
    I had learned to mute some strings while picking like you do on other guitars, but I also learned to do a quick pick the fretted string-release-touch mute and release with my left hand too. Of course that was only doable at certain speeds, so the decked trem was the best solution. With the trem decked and 5 springs on it, I could dive if I wanted and just bend strings for high pitch and muting with the palm was great.
    I did have to remove each saddle screw and trim them to the right length to get good palm mutes

    Later I got a Kahler locking tremolo that I could dive or pull up and still palm mute without issues. That was a real plus. Hated getting rid of that tremolo system. I've heard people complain about some issues with them, but I never had a single problem with mine.

    Strats are hard to setup, but once they get the right setup, they are awesome guitars. I still have to move the second tone pot off the middle pickup and over to the bridge pickup though.
     
  12. dickey

    dickey Friend of Leo's

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    Although I am NOT a fan of the "Strat sound", that in-between out of phase Mark Knopfler sound, I DO own an original '72. It is wired for every pickup combination, so I don't hafta use the "Strat sound" pup combo.
    The "every PUP combination" wiring, plus the refret with jumbos, is the reason why I have kept this Strat over 30 years. Only thing I don't care for is the neck; kinda baseball batty,but It's extremely versatile, although I am mainly a Tele guy, owning an '89 Custom Shop. here's a pic: Stereo2.JPG
     
  13. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    Feels good, sounds good, and a few even look pretty good.
     
  14. Mr_Martin

    Mr_Martin Tele-Afflicted

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    Why do you like your strat?

    Because it's a Tele :D
     
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  15. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Tele-Meister

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    There's no difference between a strat neck and a tele neck.

    Only the shape of the headstock and the end of the fretboard.

    But there are so many varieties in every other detail that they both share that they are basically the same in matters of tone and playing.
     
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  16. Nick Fanis

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    I prefer teles but strats are very versatile recording tools,so I need one.
    The trem is also extremely musical and useful.

    Mine was buid from scratch by a good friend and it is a killer.

    I always wire all my strats with a 3 way switch that controls the neck and bridge pickups , master tone and a single "blend" volume for the middle pup.
    This way I get my favorite n+b telecaster sound and can blend the middle pup with the bridge in order to smooth it out.
    I always add a base plate to the bridge pup too.
     

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  17. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Tele-Meister

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    I wouldn't want to miss the middle pu sound, I often use it.
    I have a strat where I can switch to "tele" (n+b) with a push/pull pot.
     
  18. Scooby Snax

    Scooby Snax Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Why a Strat, if Leo got it right the first time....?

    Body contours and Neck - Middle pickup position.
     
  19. Guitardvark

    Guitardvark Tele-Afflicted

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    I loved my 73 seafoam green strat bec I got 750 bucks for it . :)
     
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  20. Misty Mountain

    Misty Mountain Tele-Meister

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    Gives me something to play when I break a string on my Tele!
     
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