This is killing me! I literally said to myself about an hour ago while browsing one of the guitar sites that I wouldn't be buying another Strat because I really need to sell some guitars, not buy more.
I just ordered an SRV for $999. I can't for the life of my understand that discount, but...
If you can afford one of the ArtCore Customs (perhaps on ebay), they are absolutely amazing. I love them so much I've collected about seven of them. Seriously, I can't believe how good they are for twice the price.
Congrats - these are great guitars.
I had the San Dimas Style 2 (Tele) and sold it. I now have a SoCal in Candy Plum (Purple) and a San Dimas Style 1 in slime green. I almost went for the yellow, but there was only one slime green left and there is just something about that color!
Wow - you guys are harsh! I picked up one of the 60's CV's and it is an amazingly great guitar, especially for the money. It isn't as good as my AV62, but it holds its own.
I think that, if you really expect everything to be totally vintage correct for $350, you're being pretty unrealistic.
I don't have the measurements from a Clapton Strat, but Warmoth has a "Clapton" neck profile that I've used on several builds and it feels just like the signature Strat.
It measures: 1st Fret - .835" 12th Fret - .910"
The "Twisted Tele" is a neck pickup made by the Custom Shop. It comes standard in the Baja Tele and a few Custom Shop models. It is probably the best sounding Tele neck pickup I've heard yet.
The Nocaster is a particular model made by the Custom Shop. It has a huge neck and they tend to be...
I bought number nine of the twenty-five anniversary editions a few years ago from Ed Roman. I later sold it for a nice little profit. It was an awesome guitar, but it cost me $7000 so I was scared to play it... or touch it!
I've bought probably forty or fifty guitars over the years from catalogs and web sites. I've only had a couple of minor problems and only sent two back (one to AMS and one to MF). Yesterday I received two new guitars from ebay and will be getting another tomorrow.
I guess it boils down to...
It was one of the Limited Edition Randy Rhoads shark fins. Jackson only made twenty-five of them and Ed had about six. When I was there, he was down to three. The first one made, the one I bought, and one that was hanging at the Hard Rock Casino.
I have since sold it for a nice little...