62' Reissue USA Strat any good?

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  1. Killcrop

    Killcrop Supporting Member

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    What do you all think of these? I've heard some say they are about as good as the Custom Shop stuff. Any truth to that?
    Do they have Nitro finishes? What about pickups? I assume that the neck radius is vintage spec as well???
     
  2. pbradt

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    I think the finish is poly but don't quote me.

    the frets and fretboard are thin and 7.25". After using Hamel Strat pickups, I'd never use anything else, but I hear they're OK in the '62RI.

    If *I* were buying a '62RI, I'd get the CIJ from Ishibashi (same pickups).

    The Japanese ones are better fit n finish.
     
  3. jbird327

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    I have a 62 ri that I bought about 3 years ago. I prefer the small frets and 7.25 radius. The guitar has a great feel and its what I use when playing gigs. I did change the pickups to EMGs because the hum was a bit too much with high gain pedals. The quality is very close to a Custom Shop model I also own. I bought this to replace my 69 strat that I did not want to take out to bars anymore.
     
  4. alderbody

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    if i were you, i'd look for a nice used 62' RI and replace all that needs to be replaced... ;)

    (frets, nut, pickups and electronics, bridge or tremblock)

    and yes they have Nitro finishes.
     
  5. CS'56

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    They are nitro over poly
     
  6. Dave Orban

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    The one I have is pretty light and resonant, and the finish work is very nice. The neck and vintage-style fretwork was ok... not great, but certainly not bad. The stock pickups were ok, as well. I chucked 'em, though, and put in the Fralins -- a noticable upgrade.

    i think they're very decent values for the money, and are inexpensive enough where you don't feel guilty about fine-tuning them with a few tweaks and upgrades.
     
  7. journo

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    Hi,

    I would say that if you find the right one you have a bargain. I have found them to be very uneven in quality. I bought one that is just fine and I haven't replaced anything. I use it stock and it's fine.

    Having said that it's a bit off when you compare it to my extremely wonderful Suhr Classic which is not very much more expensive in Sweden where I live.
    Get a Suhr!

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
  8. mtharmon

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    I didn't think you could spray nitro over poly. Considering that they are two entirely different laquers, I wouldnt think that they would chemicaly bond together.
     
  9. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    They've been doing it for years, for the dupont-type finishes...
     
  10. Unadan

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    I used to have a 62 Hot Rod Strat - the build quality was excellent - however I wasn't a big fan of the low output pickups.
     
  11. aaronbarnes

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    Hit and miss........more hits than misses......just like in '62


    Nitro finish over poly filler and undercoat........just like in '62
     
  12. VJF

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    You guys do realize that the OP asked this question 9 years ago right
     

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