EJ vs SRV Strat - Opinions Wanted

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  1. auburn-grad

    auburn-grad Member

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    I think I have narrowed my search for a new strat down to the EJ or the SRV....


    I realize that ultimately its up to me, but I would like to hear why YOU prefer one or the other and why. There may be some things to consider that I am overlooking.


    Thank you for your responses.
     
  2. HHB

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    I've tried both and own neither, to me the EJ is much nicer, the SRV seems like a normal reissue w/ a lefty bridge, hell it almost seems like a MIM. The EJ is much closer to a vintage feel w/ upgrades, to me it's EJ no contest
     
  3. Shiny McShine

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    I never was able to bond with the EJ neck and I tried for a couple of months. The SRV neck felt just perfect right away. I thought that it played faster and the strings felt less stiff on it. I love the EJ and if they'd do some sort of bare wood neck, I think it would be it for me.
     
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    better add thatthe neck finish could be an issue, I'd play an EJ first , I love that nitro feel but guys who are used to poly might dig the SRV more, but I still feel the EJ is the better strat overall
     
  5. VaughnC

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    The SRV feels better in MY hands. Tone of either is neither better or worse to MY ears. This is almost like having someone go to a shoe store and try on a pair of shoes for you...when only YOU know if they fit right ;).
     
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    Of the two just from trying them in stores, I liked the SRV better-just felt better. The EJ neck felt gunky-glossy and not exactly sticky, but felt dirty like it needed to be polished. I didn't bond with it-my main strat's a Suhr with that satin finish that feels like bare wood, so I'm spoiled I guess.
     
  7. jazzandmetal?

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    Exact opposite here. I just don't like the SRV neck shape that much. Loved the EJ strat neck I used to own. I did hit it with sand paper though. I think everything about the EJ is better. It is the best production guitar fender is doing in my opinion. The Hot Rod series is also very good. If I was looking at the SRV, I would also be looking hard at the 62 hot rod.
     
  8. auburn-grad

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    I would love to try out the 62 Hot Rod, but there arent any locally....I played a friend's (who no longer has it) for a few minutes, but I cannot remember too much about it.
     
  9. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Neither... Jeff Beck model!

    But, if forced, EJ. The SRV is made too much for one style of playing, Stevies... The lefty trem is just plain wacky to me. I couldn't get used to it if I tried.
     
  10. clothwiring

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    I have owned 2 EJs. I've never owned a SRV because they never sounded right. The EJs sound right for me. My 2nd EJ I experimented and put some CS Fat 50s and different saddles (Raw Vintage) and it was even better.

    Have you considered the John Mayer as well?
     
  11. Troubleman

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    Best two production Strats that Fender makes. I married the two - neck from a 1st year SRV on an EJ body. That combo's magic - phat and nasty tone with a sweet top end.

    (that probably didn't help, did it?)

    Peace,

    jb
     

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