Finding a used American Stratocaster

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  1. rabbuhl

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    There are no Guitar Centers where I live, and shipping and import duites can be is expensive. So, getting a guitar like an R8, or DGT can take some time and effort. Meanwhile, on my short list is an American Stratocaster SSS with a rosewood fretboard. I would like to find a used one in excellent condition for a good price (or a used 50th or 60th Anniversary American Stratocaster). Someone mentioned that they were able to buy one from eBay for about $400. Shipping to where I live would be about $150. Import duties could potentially add another $100. Where is the best place to find a good deal?
     
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    $400 sounds way too cheap for a MIA Strat. From what I've seen $650-$750 would be a little more accurate.

    It's too bad shipping and duties are so high for you.
     
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    That's the price they pay for having hash bars and legal prostitution hah hah. $400 seems way low though unless it's absolutely beat to hell and even then some guys would consider that reliced and pay double for it.
     
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    I'd agree with this. I have a 40th Anniversary Strat in mint shape which I would never consider parting with it for less than $700 and certainly not for $400.

    Having said, this I can't imagine it would be that hard to find a used American Strat, though not for $400 in anything approaching decent condition.
     
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    I sold an Am. Std. in Nov. '06 with the matching headstock I bought new in Jan. '96 for $750.00
     
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    I am a sailor in the US Navy and this summer I was in Split, Croatia where a brand new Fender Center store opened up. They had a lot of cool stuff in there and the shipping would have to be cheaper for you. I did a Google search and didn't find any phone number or address but it does exist. I might even have a receipt or something with contact info. PM me if any of this is helpful.
     
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    I got my American Strat from mustic-go-round for $480 used, so you should look around there.
     
  8. gkoelling

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    Provided they have Music-Go-Round stores in the Netherlands.
     
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    can't find a strat in the netherlands? sounds like a business opportunity. there you go again, darned americans.
     
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    I am in Den Haag next weekend and am planning to stop by Max's to check out R8s, SGs, some Road Worn strats, and so on.
     
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    Hmmn, sorry for the confusion. There are lots of guitar stores in the Netherlands. It is easy to get new Stratocasters or Gibson Les Paul but a bit harder to get a Gibson historic.

    The used market for Les Pauls is pretty good. I found a LP Standard for about 1350 euro whereas a new one costs about 2275 euro.

    I just saw a 1999 Standard Stratocaster for 750 euro whereas a new costs 1250 euro. If I can get a used American Standard Stratocaster for about between 500 and 700 euro that would be cool.
     
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    I bought a 1991 US Olympic white strat on ebay for $450.00. It's beat up, but I love it. They are out there, you just have to wait.
     
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    I was bidding on eBay for some Fender 40th Anniversary Stratocasters but those fell through. I ended up buying this 2000 American Standard Stratocaster yesterday from someone who lives closeby for a reasonable price.

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    Looks very cool. Have loads of fun with it. Peace. J.J.B.
     
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    Nice guitar! I had a Am. Std. 3 tone rosewood. I had a pearl pick guard on mine but I like the look of your much better.

    How do you like it so far?
     
  17. rabbuhl

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    I just plugged it into an amp for the first time. So far, so good. It needs a visit to the guitar tech for a setup and to adjust the pickup heights. I will at some point order try some fralins or fender cs pickups to see how much of a difference they make in the tone and sustain of the guitar.

    I now have 3 sisters: a 95 Am. Dlx Plus 3 tone rw, an 08 Am. Dlx HSS 3 tone rw, and now an 00 Am. Std. 3 tone rw. I will keep the other two all-original. This one is going to be my partscaster.
     
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    I had three Am Std's but they all had different pickups.

    If all it needs is pickup height adjustment, grab a screw driver and adjust them. There is no right or wrong unless you get them too close. They'll sound better further away from the strings anyway. Plus, it's a matter of personal taste.

    Save some money and do it yourself.
     

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