NGD : 1991

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  1. Scott Auld

    Scott Auld Staff Member

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    Today I did a bit of talking with the guy at my local guitar shop. I was wanting to get rid of my Epiphone Les Paul. The tone wasvery nice on it, but every time I played it, my hands get used to that scale and neck and then I can't play my Tele for nothing for about an hour, it seemed like.

    I gave him the Ephiphone and $350 and came away with a '91 American Standard Strat. Black finish, rosewood neck, W/B/W pickguard. The white plastics have started going kind of yellow. I have no idea if the pickups are original but the covers are faded and the edges of them are rounded a little. I'll look at them later. Bone-looking nut, not the metal roller kind that came in the later 90s.

    The important things to me were to get away from that Gibson scale / feel, and this guitar is American. It's age is a nice perk since I think Fender was making some really nice stuff in the late 80s and early 90s.

    As much as I liked Clapton and Gilmour growing up, you'd think I'd have owned a black guitar before but this is my first.



    The plastics are a little more yellow than these pics make them look. The guitar does not look this new.



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  2. Scott Auld

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    Gary at the Guitar Exchange is a really nice guy to work with. If you're near Coral Springs FL and you haven't checked out his shop, drop by and say hi.
     
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    congrats! scoring a USA Strat for an Epi and cash is a good deal!
     
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    those are the last of the am std models i like. they have a great profile on the neck. a year or so after that the usa fender necks became flatter and wider.
     
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    Yeah, this is not a wide flat neck. C or round D shaped I guess. I would have preferred the traditional Fender saddles like you see on modern Fenders again but this is the bridge they were putting on them in the 90s.


    @Alec ... LOL!
     
  6. Chiba

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    One of my favorite guitars EVER was a 1990 Am Std Strat. I never should have sold it - and you'd cry if you saw what the guy that bought it did to it when he got it. I mean, I was rough on that guitar - it probably saw 20 different pickups and 100s & 100s of gigs. Had it refretted twice and eventually just wore out the neck - replaced it with another Am Std neck from 1990 :)

    Anyway, missing that guitar is why we did that trade deal - on my end anyway - and now I see you've been missing a Strat too!! I kinda feel bad for having Ruby at my house, but ... well, you've satisfied the urge!!

    --chiba
     
  7. Scott Auld

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    Look at it this way ... Now we both got one! :)
     
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    Very nice! I have a Tobacco Sunburst 1991 American Standard. It was my first electric ever (got it new) and is still the one I would never, ever get rid of. I recently sold a John Mayer sig Strat because I'd rather play the '91 every time. Great guitars, enjoy it!
     
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    I think the early 90's were a golden age in quality for both Fender American series and Gibson USA guitars.

    Also the imports from Fender and Jackson were of incredible quality as well. That era was when I first started playing guitar so anything gear related from the early 90's has that extra Mojo for me.
     
  11. GASattack

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    Very nice looking guitar, and i think your daughters right ... I think your copying her ... :D

    kevin
     
  12. Trandy

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    Congrats Scott.

    Nothing like getting a good "player".

    Got a few myself. :)
     
  13. big mike

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    Strats are the devil.

    Enjoy...but be wary.....

    :D
     
  14. jtm622

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    Yep, that's a good looking guitar there...
    IMO, Strats are like 1971 American muscle cars - they're not complicated to modify and are pretty easy to work on & maintain... and they kick ass. It's hard to just stop at one, though... :)
     
  15. Scott Auld

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    Although it's the only one in my house right now, I think this might be my fourth Strat. I would have to think about it to be sure.
     

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