Suggestions on Strat-style guitar?

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  1. MaxBoogie

    MaxBoogie Member

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    I'm toying with getting a custom "Strat-style" guitar made... I like my G&L's and the Suhrs I've played. No experience with anything else.

    Can't spend a TON of money, so no D'Pergo.... Suhr certainly has a decent reputation. Who else should I consider for a quality guitar along these lines?

    TIA
     
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    May I offer a suggestion?

    I would edit the title of this post to solicit opinions for quality Strat style guitars instead of asking what is better than a Suhr?

    This type of post only provokes the haters.

    Matt
     
  4. XKnight

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    I can only comment based upon my own experiences. I've owned Strats made by the Fender Custom Shop, Suhr, Gadow, Melancon and Grosh. Of all those, my favorite is Grosh. I like the worn in feel of the necks, the exceptional fretwork and the vintage tone. Suhr is great too, but has a more modern feel with the ones I've tried. There are so many great builders these days that it's easy to find a good one though. Good luck!
     
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    I love my Suhrs. I don't think anyone makes a "better" guitar, just different.
     
  6. MaxBoogie

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    Well I certainly don't want to incite the haters! ;)
    Title changed...
     
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    Have tried and owned many and by far the best I have come across is a Grosh Retro Classic. Of course its just a personal preference but its based on my experiences looking for the ultimate Strat style guitar. My search ended with the Grosh.
     
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    what are you trying to get out of it? Vintage? Super Strat? Etc...Talk to Bill Chapin before making any decisions.

    cmn
     
  9. allman5

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    Lentz SSL , Callaham S...........enough said!

    /Bjorn [​IMG]
     
  10. Boomer

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    I'm in the Lentz SSL camp. I've owned Suhr, Anderson, Grosh and Fenders.

    The SSL is the Strat that I've heard in my head for at least thirty years. I've never handled a neck like Scott makes.

    Naturally, YMMV!
     
  11. MaxBoogie

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    Oh come on, there's never enough said! :D

    Lentz guitars look great, but not flexible enough in the design for me. For instance, I can't do 9" radius on the fretboard... I need 12", or perhaps 10" - 14" compound. Neck shape is another one...

    The Callaham S is close... but again he's intent on that 10" radius fretboard...

    So far, the Suhrs seem to be able to offer a design the way I want it...

    But keep the suggestions coming!
     
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    Grosh fan here!
     
  13. corn husk bag

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    Yes for me it is Grosh by Gosh! But all the guitars brought up so far are great guitars. I have a knock around American made Fender Strat that I bought off craigslist for 300 bucks that I dearly love, so go figure. It plays as nice as any of the Fender Custom Shop rigs. But not as nice as the Grosh. Plus multiple Gibsons, not as nice a feel as the Grosh. As far as tone, I won't compare apples and oranges, individual guitars have each their own tone to offer. But still #1 is the Grosh by Gosh!

    Best Regards,
    Steve
     
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    Though I'm in a cycle where I'm not playing strat style guitars much, my Tyler Classic is my "traditional" strat. Love it!
     
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    I would naturally suggest checking out www.stevensonguitars.com
    Ted is making guitars (s and t style) that boggle the mind. His custom options are pretty vast. And his proprietary features (neck joint, for example...) are both aesthetically pleasing and toneful. Jump on the bandwagon now. He's blowing up!

    Steve
     
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    When you say "worn-in" feel, exactly what are you referring to? Did you happen to own an oil-finished neck? I'd love to know the difference in feel between the oil and satin lacquer finish.
    I'll have to hoof it up to A-Sharp Music near Seattle soon, as that's the closest Grosh dealer...

    Edit: Nevermind, I see your Grosh in the Emporium!
     
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    Scott will do a 12" radius now. I believe a few members here have such necks on their guitars. I'm pretty sure they won't do a compound though if that's important. I have a Suhr Classic that I love, but every time I play my Lentz HSL, I can't help but think I would love that same neck and feel in a Lentz SSL. Maybe someday :)
     
  19. MaxBoogie

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    That's good to know... I guess all ya gotta do is ask! :)

    One thing I've noticed is that most of these luthiers are offering SSH pickup designs! Is that really where people are headed these days? As much as I like the classic SSS design, I find I never use the bridge pickup alone because I don't like the tone... and that goes for the many bridge pickups I've tried.

    On the other hand, I don't like any of the bridge pups on my HH guitars either even though I've tried many... So I don't think it would really make a difference if I went for SSS or SSH.... Hmmm.
     
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    Gotta throw Rocketfire in the mix....especially if you dig the relic vibe. Mine was stolen not within this last month and I have already commissioned another to be built by Nick. Great guitars....period.
     

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