56' or 60' NOS Custom Stratocaster..

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  1. Dylan61

    Dylan61 Member

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    Never had the chance to compare these two,

    both would be fine I gess, but how different are they in sound?
     
  2. Kelsey

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    The 56 is brighter and snappier with tighter lows compared to the 60. So, the 60 is warmer and darker sounding with looser/less distinct lows, but maybe with a bit more high end presence. The 56 pickups seem a little hotter with a touch more mids. Now this observation is based on my one and only 60 and a couple of 56's, most of which had ash bodies. Nevertheless, I think it is generally true.

    Perhaps even more noticeable than the difference in sound, these two Strat have entirely different necks. The 60 has a slim C profile with slab rosewood fingerboard, whereas the 56 has a large soft V or boatneck profile (soft V to C transition, starting around the 5th to 7th frets) and is one piece of maple. Both necks feel great, but I wish the depth of the 60 neck (approx 0.81" @ 1st fret to 0.93" @ 12th fret) was closer to the 56 neck (approx 0.88" or 0.90" @ 1st fret to 0.98" or 1.00" @ 12th fret).
     
  3. stratman89

    stratman89 Supporting Member

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    Kelsey's description of the two guitars was bang on to what Bruce from Wildwood Guitars described. For that reason I chose a '60 NOS Stratocaster from Wildwood with a 9.5" radius. This guitar is simply amazing, I'm totally happy with my first Custom Shop Strat that I got week ago.

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  4. Groovey Records

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    Beauty

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    Nice

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  5. loiking

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    The question is really....
    Maple or Rosewood
    and then maybe
    V or C
     
  6. stratman89

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    Very true.
     
  7. Boogie92801

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    I like the boat neck on the 56
     
  8. Dylan61

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    Ive measured my USA Strat, its almost the same as the '60, only a 9.5 inch radius.

    I gess also the 7.25 could make a difference in a slimmer feeling?
     
  9. CS'56

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    I would think the 9.5 would feel slimmer than the 7.25. The flatter radius doesn't have as much of a hump.
     
  10. VRob98

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    Great color choice too! :AOK
     

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