Fender 57 vs Clapton vs Standard - Opinions/Advice?

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  1. RocknPop

    RocknPop Supporting Member

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    I'm considering a strat and would like it to have a maple neck. Other than that, I'm flexible on everything else. I had a MIM strat that I liked OK, I'm wondering what the differences in the pickups and on playability these have from the MIM.

    (I would play them all to see which one I like best, but I don't have time to do all that and that is why I'm asking the question.)

    So out of the following and with a budget of $600 to $800 (pushing it), which one is the best deal:
    - 57 Strat
    - American Standard
    - Blackie Clapton
     
  2. ReddRanger

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    Those are all quite different.

    Out of all of those, the American Standard is the only one that might be in that price range used.

    57 RI and Clapton Strats are above 1K, even used.
     
  3. RocknPop

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    Thanks, I asked because I have the opportunity to buy a '57 vintage within that price range as well as the Clapton. The Standard is at the $600 mark.

    Regarding the Clapton and '57 what makes them different and would I notice the difference (aka, would it be worth the extra $200)?
     
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    Ah ok. :)

    I that case, the Clapton has the mid boost electronics and noiseless pickups while the '57 has stock Strat style controls. Some people really like the Clapton boost system.

    All in all, if it were me I'd probably go with a Clapton. I'm not really big on how vintage reissue guitars play (small frets, glossy boards, etc.) I like guitars that play with a modern feel.
     
  5. moosewayne

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    Sweet merciful crap! If you can buy a Clapton for $800 --- POUNCE ON IT!
    I didn't think the vintage frets would be my thing either, but the 9.5 radius makes it a moot point.
    The Clapton is really one of the very best guitars Fender has come out with in the last 40 years.
     
  6. RocknPop

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    OK, here's another question. I have the opportunity to buy a Deluxe for $550 or a Clapton at $850. Need to decide today. Could you please help me decide based on their specs and what constitutes the extra $300 for the Clapton?
     
  7. DRS

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    Buy them both at those prices!!!
     
  8. RocknPop

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    Good point, the deluxe has a chip, that's why it's discounted. Still, I'd love to hear your guys' opinions on them.
     
  9. RocknPop

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    Damn, I jinxed myself, someone bought the strat for $700 (the deluxe).
     
  10. toomanyamps

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    So, did you buy the Clapton?
     
  11. GibsonSGgirl

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    I paid $850 for both my 57 American Reissue Strat and my 2002 American Deluxe HSS Strat. So there are some deals out there...you just gotta look for them! And be patient! It took me 5 or more years to find my 57 Strat, but it was well worth the wait!
     
  12. David Garner

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    I'd get the Clapton of the 3.
     
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    For me the biggest consideration is the bridge. I have never found a 2 point bridge that sounds as good as a vintage, and thats not just from having each, but from trying both on the same guitar several times. So i don't bother with anything 2 point. The difference to me at least is easily a no brainer. Not saying there can't be a strat with a 2 point that sounds a full, but i haven't found that yet. So that would be my recommendation....eliminate anything 2 point and choose among the remaining choices.
     
  14. RocknPop

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    I got a Deluxe! Mainly because of the neck size... I'll post pics later today!
     
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    you missed the boat not buying the clapton.
     
  16. big mike

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    If you can get a clapton for that, jump on it. The necks are FABULOUS.
    pickups can be changed (I like the older lace sensor version better).
    Clapton's are a far more versatile guitar as well IMO due to the midrange boost.
     
  17. RocknPop

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    Smaller frets though... and I would have had to drive out to Indianapolis...
     
  18. big mike

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    Just saw you bought one. Congrats and enjoy your purchase. It's all about what feels and sounds good to you!
     
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    saw the one you got. it's a beauty. and those things rock. :)
     

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