Spent several hours with my new-to-me 62 Hot Rod Strat

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  1. cg

    cg Silver Supporting Member

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    I absolutely love this guitar. I am amazed this is a standard production guitar. Great build quality, excellent tones, nice case - love it! Now...if they'd only build a 60s double bound sunburst tele with a fat rosewood neck I'd be in heaven.

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  2. digthosetubes

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    Congratulations. We're fortunate we can make music and play these fantastic instruments. Add a good tube amp and what's not to love about life? Enjoy the magic.
     
  3. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    I'm going to have to check one of these out.
     
  4. gkoelling

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    What, no pics???? :nono

    Congratulations, I've yet to read a negative comment on these guitars.
     
  5. neastguy

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    wish they made a hr62 with a medium c neck.. with the other specs the same
     
  6. joesnewmatch

    joesnewmatch Music Is My Soul Food

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    All of you 62 VHR guys are killing me. I am so gassing for an Olympic White!
     
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    I know...hard to believe this thing isn't coming out of the Custom Shop!
     
  8. frisco kid

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    I am really digging my Sherwood Green hot rod the sustain is great and it's just pure strat bliss. Not that it matters but did they make these with 2 piece bodies? I clearly see a seam down the center but no other seams visible. Aren't most production strats 3 piece?
     
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    Okay...I hate to be the first and it's really not that big of a deal but the bodies are 3 piece. For the solid colors you can't see it but in the sunburst where you can see the grain you can see it..again, not that big of a deal but worth noting.
     
  10. Scott Auld

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    What are these, about fifteen hundred bucks?
     
  11. cg

    cg Silver Supporting Member

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    I bought mine used for $1100
     
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    I agree, it's not a big deal.

    Some are bothered by three piece bodies but I really don't care. Leo shipped plenty of them in the 50's & 60's and those guitars sound great.

    Yes, there are vintage duds but that can happen with CS models that are one or two piece bodies, too.
     
  13. bluesjuke

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    "Yes, there are vintage duds but that can happen with CS models that are one or two piece bodies, too."


    Yep, I had one of those CS models.
     
  14. cg

    cg Silver Supporting Member

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    I've had quite a few custom shop Strats and this vintage hot rod absolutely holds its own. Not quite as refined, but very, very close.
     
  15. Maven

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    Agreed. At that price point, its the best production strat Fenders done in years. I A/B'd mine with a sweet Mayer that I really liked but ultimately I choose the VHR over the Mayer because of the neck profile and the fact that its got the nitro finish. Great guitars.
     
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    Congrats! I LOVE my '62 VHR. It's the best strat I've owned and I've been through a bunch of Strat's over the years!

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    I played one of these and thought it was fantastic, except the neck felt thin width wise. The specs say it's 1 5/8.

    Does anyone know of a neck with the same 'chunkiness' but with a wider 1 11/16 measurement?
     
  18. The Pup

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    My current favorite strat!

    I have the sunburst...doesn't look like a three piece body even under close inspection.

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  19. cg

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    That's funny. To me, the neck feels wider than what I am used to. Not by much, but just a touch.

    I blasted today for 1 hour+ with my /13 RSA 23 cranked and I was in heaven. I think I am going to save for a 2nd one to keep tuned in Eb with huge strings.
     
  20. cg

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    Finally posting a picture of my Hot Rod. This guitar amazes me each time I pick it up.

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