I’m pretty much set in my ways when it comes to guitars. Sure I’ve tried Les Pauls, Telecasters, and SG’s. But I always choose Stratocasters. Am I alone? Or do my fellow Gear Pagers own multiple Strats?Didn’t want to post another poll, by the way.
This is the only one I have. Don't really know anything about it other than it has a fender stamped replacement neck, appears to have been "refinished", and is routed for SSS config. This picture is an older one. Since the picture I have replaced the pickups (fat 50s neck and middle, duncan SSL-5 bridge), had the nut replaced, changed the trem block to a steel one from GFS, and unblocked trem.
Its an ok guitar I guess although every time I play a different strat I feel like they always sound better and play better than mine.
No, my Suhr is like 30% easier to play and sounds amazing. Taking the 99 in to get a full setup and the main volume pot redone, hoping they can get the action down a little as well. Just needs some TLC.
I have one strat. A partscaster designed for me by a dear friend in 1984 and assembled in his shop. It consists of a 21 fret ESP rosewood fretboard 7.25 radius neck and ESP alder body. It’s all painted gloss black with a single ply black pickguard and a black powder coat Kahler locking trem and all black hardware. It’s had multiple pickup sets over the years but presently it has a set of old EMG SA s. It was my primary gigging guitar back in the day and I still gig w it. It still has the original frets and never had any fretwork of any kind done to it. Eventually I’ll have it re fretted and might have the fingerboard radius flattened a bit too. Its a great guitar. It’s been on hundreds of gigs and some studio session work I did in the 38 years I’ve owned it.
I own two: one is my main/favourite one, an American Ultra HSS, which I currently use for recording and gigging. The other is a recently acquired Am Pro II SSS, which I will use to experiment with different pickups. I'm relatively new to Fender (bought my first Strat, an American Special (now sold), in 2018), so having an extra I can use to try different pups and see what I like is very instructive, I think.
I'd like to keep things this way, sticking with only two Strats, with one hotter and the other a bit more vintage. Of course, if I inexplicably become a millionaire I will be buying a few more just for the hell of it.
2010 EC Signature Blackie and 1996 G&L Legacy Special. Both have been my #1 stage guitar at times. The EC’s active boost and TBX and the Legacy’s power rails and a passive mid boost I added make them versatile across many styles. Also put 6100 frets in the EC.
They rock nicely and can still approximate classic strat tones- esp the EC with the tbx. I sometimes jones a bit for a more vintage Strat and lookyloo at K-Line Springfields, Fender EJ Signatures & 57 RIs and PRS Silver Skys but there are other types of guitars ahead of ‘vintage Strat’ on the wish list..like a Charvel Guthrie or some other super-Strat type performance guitar.
I consider the Strat base (well) covered with these 2.
Many years ago I had my first brief fling with electric guitar playing. I got a Telecaster and it pretty much defeated me (my previous experience, such as it was, had been classical guitar and pseudo-classical fingerstyle acoustic guitar). I quickly found that playing with my fingernails and trying to do altered tunings and use lots of open strings wasn't going to translate all that well to the Telecaster.
But right before giving up on electric altogether, for a couple weeks I owned a Robert Cray model Strat. Compared to the Tele, well it was no comparison. Lighter, easier to wrap my arms around, less twangy pickups, I swore if I ever owned another electric guitar it would be something like a Stratocaster that's fun to play rather than hard work!
I don't literally own a Fender Stratocaster but I own an Ibanez "super Strat" style guitar (double cutaway body, two humbuckers) and another Ibanez that is basically a directly hardtail Strat copy (three single coils, Strat switching, etc.). I love both of them and they are indeed great fun to play. Although I've got to say, for my playing if the bridge pickup were missing I'd never know it. I live on the neck pickup and especially the in between setting of neck+middle on the SSS one. And the HH one I do a coil split on the neck humbucker and use it as a pseudo-single-coil.
But the greatest contribution Leo ever made was the neck+middle position on a Stratocaster. Yummy!
I own two. A 2019 American Professional Stratocaster with Suhr V70s in the middle and neck (pictured in the middle) and a MIM partscaster made of a Blacktop body, way older MIM neck and some really nice Fender 57/62s.
The MIM has that certain strat mojo, but the Am Pro is such a hi-fi sounding instrument and it just plays itself.