Just bought John Mayer Strat

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  1. sws1

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    On Monday, I bought the John Mayer strat in Sunburst finish. I liked the specs on it so decided to try it out and take it home.

    9.5" radius
    Big Dipper pickups (only on JM strat)
    Vintage trem, pulled down to body with 5 strings
    Somewhat beefy neck, but not SRV size
    Very dark African rosewood board

    The action was initially very very high, but I've now got it down to a much more manageable level. I've heard this comment from others as well.

    Played it at rehearsal last night through Dr Z MAZ 18 Jnr 2x10. I LOVE it. All the positions sound great. The pups sound very SRV like, but without the darkness of Texas Specials. Flip to neck, turn on OD-808 and it is just an awesome blues tone.

    I think I finally found a strat that I can keep and enjoy. Can't wait to gig with it. Sounds just too good.
     
  2. nsriley

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    Very cool! I've been wondering about those Strats. Sounds like you found a winner!

    -Peace
    -Nate
     
  3. corgiears

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    Yeah, I really like the specs on that guitar. I've been tempted myself...... keep us updated on how you like it after you've lived with it for a while!
     
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    Nice -- I got one a couple of months ago and really like it. Fits perfectly for me and sounds great.

    -JR
     
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    I'm a Gibson guy through and through, but I played one of these at the suggestion of a friend at my local shop, and I love it, if I was ever to own a strat, this would be it, I just love the neck the sound everything about it is just great to me, but I'm sure others have different opinions.
     
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    The pups have the exact amount of "overwindedness" that I like, but yet still sound very clear. I've tried strats and pups of many types and these pups are the closest to what I've heard in my head.
     
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    I don't know whats with the fender factory setups but they like to set them up high. I tried quite a few JM strats, nice guitars but the actions were crazy. Build quality and tone were really nice. I ended up buying a clapton strat instead as I like the maple neck more, but the JMs are nice.
     
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    Tried one, tried to like it, but the JV Strat I ended up with is a much better guitar for me at less than half the price of the JM. Have fun with the new guitoy though ;).
     
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    Any idea's on if Fender will release the Big Dipper Pups by themselves? I like the idea of 'less dark' Texas Specials.
     
  10. KeithC

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    I tried one and really liked everything about it. Except, the fret edges weren't smoothed out and actually stuck out past the edge of the neck.
    Really rough feeling when sliding up and down the neck. Must've just gotten hold of bad one.
    No one else had that experience?
    I would like to try another one if the fret issue isn't a common problem with the model.
    Thanks
     
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    cant wait to try one myself
     
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    While I've played guitars with much smoother fret edges, I didn't think that they were particularly bad on my guitar. You can feel them, but they're not sharp.

    Sounds like you had a bad one.
     
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    That's what I figured and hoped because I do want to add one to the collection some time.
     
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    I tried one of these, and while overall it was nice, it definitely didn't have a "somewhat larger c-shape". In fact, my example had a neck smaller than a standard strat. (I probably felt mostly the "smaller than 1 11/16" neck.)

    I really like the neck shape of the EJ strat (actually could be even bigger), but I think I'd like rosewood. Not to hijack completely, but does anyone know of a model that has a true "bigger" c shape with rosewood?

    Thanks...
     
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    Yeah...go try the hardtail Robert Cray. I just took the neck & pickguard assembly from one, swapped in a Jimmie Vaughan bridge pickup, and mounted them on a sunburst Am Std Strat body.

    Nice fat neck with medium jumbo frets, dark rosewood, deeply tinted, trussrod adjustment in the butt-end like Leo intended, and I've also got the 2-point Am Std trem, my favorite Fender trem! It's my new favorite axe.

    I put the skinny Am Std neck on the hardtail RC body for my 11 year old nephew to plink around on. He rips through the Brown Eyed Girl lick, all on the big E string!

    Cb :dude
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I guess if I was going with the "swap" route, I'd just order a neck from Warmoth or USA Custom Guitars...

    (I totally agree about the Robert Cray. I really liked the one I tried...)
     
  17. JamesW

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    John Mayer seems to be very SRV-oriented. How does this one compare against a SRV strat, taking price into consideration?
     
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    SRV strat has much fatter neck, Nitro finish (vs. Poly), yellowish sticky finish on back of neck (vs satin), Texas Specials (vs. Big Dipper), Pao Ferro fretboard, and upside down trem (vs regular). Wiring is different as well (JM has tone on bridge, while SRV has no tone on bridge Pup).

    That being said, the JM sounds pretty similar, but less congested. The JM sounds like what I wanted my SRV to play like.
     
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    In fact, the SRV is polyurethane see http://www.fender.com.

    I've had my JM since October. The action was really high when I bought it, but a bit of setup and it's fine. I love the way the pups sound. The neck suits me well, but it is a lot smaller than my R9 Les Paul.
     
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    That must have been a recent change. SRVs used to be poly. I'm almost certain the one that I had was.
     

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