Thinking about getting a 60's strat

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  1. fusionid

    fusionid Supporting Member

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    Really eyeing the hot rod 62. The thing I dont like is obviously the price. I am also thinking about the Classic player 60's. That seems like a more viable option. The thing about a lot of MIM guitars, I cant find one in a local shop that is set up properly. Thoughts anyone?:cool:
     
  2. MikeMcK

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    How about a used CIJ/MIJ one? At one point the "'60's Stratocaster" was made in Japan... technically "Crafted in Japan", and they were pretty nice.
     
  3. fusionid

    fusionid Supporting Member

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    hmm, whats the price point and are the finished in nitro?
     
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    I've always thought the MIJ strats played beautifully. As far as I can tell they were just as good as American ones, but at a fraction of the price. Replace the pups and you got something that's golden.
     
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    But they don't sell them here so unless you stumble across a used one locally you are stuck buying a guitar you can't play first and can't (easily anyway) return. Sticky with a strat--very different instruments from one to the next.
     
  6. Troubleman

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    Look for a MIM Vintage Player Stratocaster (they come in both 50s and 60s models). It, the Robert Cray model, and the Jimmie Vaughan model are the most incredible bang-for-buck Fender Strats you'll ever run across. The Vintage Player Strat, to paraphrase Lou Diamond Phillips' portrayal Richie Valens, "is a bit of a rattle snake". They were a special issue that Fender only made for a few years, and you only have to play one for a minute or two to understand why. Having an instrument like that on the market makes it tough to sell American Vintage Reissue '62 Strats at over a grand. IMO, where the Cray and JVaughan are "good values", the Vintage Player Strat is just plain "a damned good Strat". They came with a decent-sized, semi-chunky neck, medium-jumbo frets, steel-block trem, and Texas Special pickups. Do a volume-bleed mod and lower the Texas Specials a bit in the pickguard and you have a gig-worthy flame-thrower. I ended up swapping the Texas Specials outta mine for Joe Bardens, but even with the Texas Specials, it is one bitchin' guitar....

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  7. MikeMcK

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    Okay, I checked my facts and the CIJ model I had was actually called a "62 re-issue". I know that Fender had "'50s Strats" and "60's Strats" at the time.

    There's a '62 CIJ on eBay right now... it's about $400 with 4 hours left. I'm sure the finishes are poly, because I don;t remember ever seeing anything to the contrary.
     
  8. fusionid

    fusionid Supporting Member

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    man I just came back from GC and tried that classic players 60's. It did not do anything for me. I mean NADA.
    This might be partly due to the fact that Im in love with my EJ strat. I also think it was poorly setup...
     

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