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Eric Clapton strat vs vintage hot rod 62

BadAssBill

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The pickups on those Clapton strats sound steril to me, like a SS amp. I just don't care for them. My vote is Hot Rod.
 

STRATOmann

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I don't care what strat, but which strat is best for mainly rock and blues, with some funk. The only guitar I've ever had was a squier starcaster starter kit so any of the guitars would be a huge improvement.
 

vivalaking

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62 hot rod is one of the best guitars Fender has made in a while. I'd pick up the 62. the neck feels better to me than the 57, but that's all preference.

Rock blues and funk= Hot Rod 62
 

STRATOmann

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Didn't expect o many responses so quick. Now for a very hard decision I might need help with, what color? I'm thinking of pairing it up with a deluxe reverb reissue
 

Bluesdaddy

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I had a custom shop Clapton strat , hated the small frets and the pickups . I have a thinskin 61 strat that is pretty close to a 62 hot rod, great strat , I also have a 57 hotrod strat I like better then all of them . I had this and an Eric Johnson Strat in the Same color .... I sold the EJ and kept the 57 , sounded and played a lot better for me . It does have a smallish V neck ... You may like or hate
 
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I'm a huge Clapton fan. That said, I just don't dig the Clapton strat - though I wish I did. I went with an American standard, switched out the pickups to Lollar dirty blondes and LOVE it.

Give you one guess what my favorite color is.....
 

rummy

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Another fan of Clapton. Tried his, but didn't care for the pickups. Replaced it with 62 HR. That's a proper Strat. Gorgeous finish, nice frets, and sounds vintage.
 

Average Joe

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Never liked the V neck on the Claptons. Lovely guitars othervise. I think you should go with the instrument you like the neck, weight etc on and then worry about electronics later
 

Bluesdaddy

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I actually like the soft v on the 57 and 57 hot rod but found the V on my custom shop Clapton to be very uncomfortable for me , too much v for me
 
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If you're transitioning from a Les Paul, or any Gibson with humbuckers, and mostly play blues-rock and classic-rock, you will like what the Clapton Strat has to offer. No, it doesn't sound exactly like a traditional Strat. But it will do a close approximation. The beauty of the Clapton is the boost circuit, which adds fullness and growl when needed, putting you closer to what you like about a Gibson humbucker guitar. I had an early Clapton Strat for many years, which was my main gigging guitar. It worked great for everything from clean country to hard rock. I liked the V-shaped neck a lot, and the guitar played really well. If you want the feel and playability of a vintage Strat, with the ability to rock hard when needed, you really can't beat the Clapton Strat. Personally, I prefer the gold Lace Sensors on the early ones better than the current noiseless pickups, but YMMV.
 

jkg

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If you're transitioning from a Les Paul, or any Gibson with humbuckers, and mostly play blues-rock and classic-rock, you will like what the Clapton Strat has to offer. No, it doesn't sound exactly like a traditional Strat. But it will do a close approximation. The beauty of the Clapton is the boost circuit, which adds fullness and growl when needed, putting you closer to what you like about a Gibson humbucker guitar. I had an early Clapton Strat for many years, which was my main gigging guitar. It worked great for everything from clean country to hard rock. I liked the V-shaped neck a lot, and the guitar played really well. If you want the feel and playability of a vintage Strat, with the ability to rock hard when needed, you really can't beat the Clapton Strat. Personally, I prefer the gold Lace Sensors on the early ones better than the current noiseless pickups, but YMMV.
I 100% agree with this. It's the most versatile strat I have ever played. if you don't connect with the v-neck though that will obviously be a dealbreaker.
 

58Super

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I've owned Clapton strats with lace and vintage noiseless and a 62 hot rod.
The 62 stayed the Claptons left. I just don't like active electronics in strats or noisless pickups.
 

rongtr1

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I 100% agree with this. It's the most versatile strat I have ever played. if you don't connect with the v-neck though that will obviously be a dealbreaker.
Same here- I played a Les Paul for years, then transitioned to Strats, but I never thought they had enough output. I had a strat that I had an old Alembic stratoblaster preamp put in. With the Clapton, I had the output plus the additional tone shaping of the midboost and the TBX control.
 






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