heres my Strat 'group' photo as promised

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  1. RichusRkr

    RichusRkr Silver Supporting Member

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    Top row left to right:- original Strats: 66, 75, 76, 79, 79. 79
    middle row: all '82 'smith' strats,
    bottom row: 83, Custom shop 55, AVRI 57, Custom Shop '69, Custom shop Players and finally a 80 'the Strat/ 82 'smith' strat' hybrid.
    missing is my 2004 Ann'y strat.
     
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    Wow - thats quite the collection. So, you like Strats I guess ? Whats with "Smith" strats? I've seen that written but I've never really known what it meant.
     
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    In the immortal words of Arcot Ramathorn, "Mother of God."
     
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    The original 'American Standard' design when Dan Smith took over as head of R&D at Fender after the management buy out from CBS.
     
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    what do you string them up with?
     
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    "Smith" Strats were the last Strats BEFORE the "American Standard" Strats. They had four-bolt neck joints, smaller headstocks but still had the bigger "Stratocaster" logo. Still had the six-screw bridge with cast saddles, not pressed. The necks tend to be quite thin with sharpish edges on the fingerboard. I had a white maple neck version which was quite light and wasn't a bad Strat at all.
     
  8. RichusRkr

    RichusRkr Silver Supporting Member

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    11-50 DR's

    I actually went through alot of strats to get to these 'keepers'.
    BUT, 3 are on the block, The 76 which is sold and 2 of the 82's: the black/rosewood and the sunburst/maple.
    I want to keep the rest...
     
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    Ya, funny about those 82's, they do have sharp fingerboard edges. It's soon forgotten after about a minute of playing and oozing out pure strat tones. Love those necks, some are thin but some are thicker and have a soft V to them... did I say I love those necks....

    problem is with my collection is which one do I pick up and play?? Decisions... there's not a bad one among em... tho I'd say the '83 is my least favorite.. what a difference one year makes.... some of the best Stratocasters(82's) ever built- to the worst(83s)... strange indeed...
     
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    Your 57ri looks like mine only less beat up


    The 76 looks great too:drool
     
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    Here's a good question for you: How many different whammy bar lengths and bends are on all those strats?

    The reason I ask is because just about any strat I've owned the whang bar ends up being swapped at a guitar center for the ONE bar I can use!

    Oh and BTW, beautiful collection of my favortie guitar!

    dave
     
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    Love the Antigua. Those big assed headstocks are pornstar sexy!
     
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    oh excellent. how do you like your action?
     
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    Nice collection but I must say, you definitely have an illness. :BEER I hope you never find a cure.
     
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    Ok, I just played them all one after another before putting them back in the cases, through the same amp and the same settings. I used clean and distortion through all the pickup selections. One guitar stood above the rest tonally, another came in a close second and quite a few came in tied for 3rd. Any guesses which one came out on top? a hint: it was not the 66 although the neck pos of the 66 was about as good as it gets, the other positions fell short like those original pu's are losing it a bit. But the winner sounded killer in all positions. Which one was it??? And which one came it 2nd? Guess away.
     
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    OK OK, enough guesses already, your ALL wrong. The best sounding guitar was the '79 antigua, the 2nd best was the black/rosewood Smith, tied for 3rd was the Custom shops and 2 of the Smiths, the other '79s. the worst sounding guitar was the '83,, by far...
     
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    I would guess you also have a few very nice amps also. If so what are they ?
     
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    um.... WOW! :crazyguy


    Now how many Les Pauls you got?
     
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    rickusrkr

    that is a freaky amazing of strats. there is one guy on here who does the same with teles - but has a load more.

    I liked those smith strats formthe early 80s,too but the early 60's reissues were what i loved. I have on i bought new back then - unfortunately i put a floyd on in 86 or so...

    Weirdly i have played 5 or 6 antiqua's & never played one i liked - maybe you got the special one. I have never played one of those output on the scratch plate strats I liked - in fact I had a friend back then who had one of those & a lead 2 - the lead 2 killed the strat.

    As i said - drool worthy all the way. Thanks, btw - i used your photo to show my wife i not as crazy as some...

    /i
     

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