I want a guitar that sounds like a Strat...

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  1. cerebralpaul

    cerebralpaul Member

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    But doesn't look like a Strat... I'd probably load it with Kinman Woodstocks 'cause I really like those, and I'd want the basic Strat tonewoods like alder body and maple neck, but maybe a unique fretboard of some kind and possibly even a set-neck, however I really just want my next guitar to not actually look like a Strat. I've been messing with boutique pedals and amps for years but I'm new to the boutique guitar world- any ideas?
     
  2. aeolian

    aeolian Member

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    There's a PRS with three P-90s and a Strat switch that sounds like a Strat on steroids. Seen these in a few different finishes. Same family of tone but whole different look.
     
  3. SteveK

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    What kind of budget are you looking at?
     
  4. cerebralpaul

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    Well under 2g's would be nice, if it's something pretty straightforward I'd hope for it to be less but if something really grabs me then the budget would get a little fuzzy around the edges :cool:
     
  5. SteveK

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    Give Jack Gretz a call @ 1-888-magdon1. He built me a great koa topped, alder body, Indian rosewood neck with Brazilian fretboard guitar with stainless steel frets. I wanted the shape to be "strat-like", but he will do any body style. And to top it off, he's a genuinely nice guy.
     
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    Saul (Koll) is working on one for me, click here and look for tiny t type.

    its a h/s/h strat setup, but not on your typical strat body, its gonna have the tornado headstock as well.

    shoot him an email (or pm me) if you wanna talk pricing.

    hope this helps.
     
  7. hawkeyeinexile

    hawkeyeinexile Silver Supporting Member

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    good call w/Saul Koll.

    i'd also give Bill Chapin a call. he and i were talking 'bout this exact thing just last week - a Hawk or a Devil Dog, swamp ash, 3 of his p'ups, wired for 5-way + add the neck p'up to each, set neck, etc., etc.

    chapin guitars

    :cool:
     
  8. OldSchool

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    On a budget you can shop Warmoth with cool body shapes (I like the Firebird myself ;) ) pick the neck, woods, frets you name it...........Probably be around $1000 for all the parts........another $2-300 to have it professionally assembled. :cool:
     
  9. Garrett Bagby

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    I'd suggest a USA Custom Guitars or Warmoth project. You can pick from several shapes and still have the trem and S/S/S layout. Pick your woods and a lot of other specs and end up with a nice custom guitar.
     
  10. Brion

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    Maybe a Hamer artist with 3 P90's. They've made some of these and I was quite impressed with the 2 I've played. I almost bought one, but it sold before I came up with the cash. Only oddity was a chicken head knob to select pickups, but it sure sounded like the proverbial steroidal strat. It has the 24.75 scale so it doesn't have longer strat scale.
     
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    How about This 'un**







    I saw that at Daves...........very nice!!:dude
     
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    One of the biggest mistakes you can make is buying a guitar with your eyes first....let your ears, hands, & soul be your guide and you'll be much happier over the long haul. If it walks like a Strat and it quacks like a Strat then it must be a Strat and nothing else will do ;) .
     
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    Or something like this - exactly what you're describing, down to the interesting fingerboard (mesquite, in this case)!

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    That is just awesome.........get a tummy cut and you would be all set!!


    Melocan also makes some great stuff.........lotsa value in a used one!
     
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    I don't know how that will happen. I tried to get my guitar to sound like a Strat by installing a single coil splitter, a middle pickup and a five-way pickup selector switch. It sounds really nice, but does not have that Strat Glassy Twang that I adore.
     
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    PRS SILVER SKY!!! LOL!!!!

    How 'bout a MM Albert Lee?
     
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    Pedal Dan The Island of Misfit Pedals Gold Supporting Member

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    Question for the OP: What did you end up getting 13 years ago?
     
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