Finally found the Strat for me!!!

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  1. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    Well I have been through about 5 or 6 Strats only to sell them later becuase I was never wowed by them. Thought I would be but oh well. I cam close recently with a MIM Classic 60's which was cheep and real nice but alas I put it up for sale last week becuase it just did not feel "special" to me in any way. I don't have many guitars and I really want each one to feal particulalry special in my hands.

    Well I think "finders crossed" I found it. Totally unexpeced and something I dont think I would have ever even considered but I wandered into a Sam Ash yesturday and took a quick glance at the wall of Strats and immediately was taken by an older SRV. I pulled it down and I immediately noticed the coveted brazilion board, so I knew it was an early year. The neck was not particulalry fat (which is good for me) but it felt simpy spectacular. It was obvioulsy owned by a player becuase it was set up great, had some honest wear but was very clean and had been fitted with Rio Grand pickups which sounded incredible. Also had a Stelly in the bridge which I could not believe how fat and punchy the sound from this bridge was. It took about 2 seconds for me to run to the counter and buy it. Was marked at $999 and got it for $970. I don't know how much value the brazilion board adds but it sure looks nice with gentle curves of chocolate brown goodness. I will post pics this weekend. But wow. Played it for hours last night. It is gently and honeslty reliced and for the first time I understand how a really, really good playing and sounding strat should be. I have not taken the neck off and I know the serial numbers on these early ones are a bit misleading on the year but it looks to be around a '94 or so.
     
  2. Soothsayer

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    Nice score, great guitar!
     
  3. Thames

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    Great ! reminds me when I found MY strat @ the store, when I wasnt looking to buy anything !!
     
  4. Stormin

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    I have already found "my strat" (an original '68 r/w board), but I recently picked up one of the new Vintage Hot Rod '62 reissues, and it's been a fabulous new production model so far. This one is a lite-relic from the factory, but it's got tons of resonance and that thin-skin nitro finish.

    Congrats on finding "your" axe.

    Stormin!
     
  5. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for he comments. You know the earlier poly finshed must be thinner or of a different composition becuase this is wearing really nice. Great soft haze and marks on the finish and a few dings that don't produce that "broken glass thick finish look" that poly tends to do. This is a much softer and natural looking finish.

    I heard a rumor that these early SRV's were made in the custom shop by one partucular builder who built the more recent SRV #1 replica. Any truth to that?
     

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