Three Strat type guitars... Which would you pick and why?

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  1. Barnzy

    Barnzy Member

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    Interested in TGP's thinking on which of these guitars you would pick and why. Have to go on specs and your own experiences for this exercise. I will do some playing as I find them, but need to get your thoughts to help with my decision process....

    G&L USA Legacy
    Fender American Professional Series Strat
    EBMM Cutlass

    Feel free to suggest another model if you think it fits the pattern and I overlooked it....
    Thanks,
    Barnzy
     
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    Cutlass.
    EB make excellent guitars.
    Really excellent guitars.
     
  3. cap10kirk

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    American Professional Strat imo. Mostly because I don't have much experience with USA G&Ls, but I've really liked all the American Pros I've played. My only real issue with them is the fret wire, I don't like the narrow frets.
    I've never played an EBMM I got along with though. Something about their neck profiles just doesn't work for me. And I'm not a fan of having to keep a battery in my guitars. They're well made though, just not for me.
     
  4. rickcard71

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    If I wanted a Strat type guitar, I think I would go for a Fender Strat.
     
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    I recommend the Fender American Professional. You can easily get parts, pickups etc. The EBMM is a great guitar, but the neck profile is something you need to check. The nut is 1 5/8 and feels much different than the Strat neck The body is also smaller, similar to a Mustang/Musicmaster. If the neck works for you, they are great guitars, although I think that the Fender American Professional quality is on par with EBMM. The EBMM is more expensive, but you get locking tuners, which would cost you $60 to put on a Fender American Special. The Legacy may be okay, but I have always found the pickups to be too bright. The G&L quality is also top notch. Go play all three. They are capable of very similar sounds, but they all have a very different vibe. Good luck!
     
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    Fender American Professional.
    But, the only reason i didn't bother to try the Cutlass is because it has a narrower nut width.
    The reason for the Fender over the G&L: i'd want a guitar that sounds like a Strat. If the G&L ever didn't sound like my expectation of a Strat, i'd be bothered. See the Anderton's/Chappers videos when Rob was in Minnesota for a comparison of a Strat vs G&L. There is a difference, no?


     
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  7. The bear

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    Al excellent guitars. I'd go with a G&L with a 1 11/16 nut.
     
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    Cal Webway Silver Supporting Member

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    Fender is a 1 11/16 nut too.

    Fender Pro for reasons above. I wish they'd go ss frets tho, but I kno it would ^ $$.

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    This!
     
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    Get 2 of each. All are great, but I lean towards the strat and G&L. If I were getting a EBMM, I'd get a Silhouette. I prefer them over the Cutlass.

    Bob
     
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  11. Bluzeboy

    Bluzeboy Gold Supporting Member

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    I’d look at a Tuttle or Grosh.
     
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  12. Barnzy

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    I will check those out....Thanks!
     
  13. metropolis_4

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    I'd go Fender.

    I really wanted to like the EBMM, because the specs and build are awesome, but I couldn't get along with the narrow neck.

    G&L is a solid choice, I just like the Fender more. I like the pickups they're putting in the Am. Pro strats
     
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  14. MassProducedDreamer

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    I have a Fender American Standard Strat 2013(same price point as current American Professional, but definitely not the same guitar). I like it, don't love it. I also have a Fender MIJ strat that I kinda love.

    Currently casually looking for a G&L legacy. I like used guitars with original parts. A lot of G&Ls are built to order so there are a lot of options within any given year of Legacy, lots of variety.

    So I guess my vote is G&L. Nothing against EBMM...those are looking more appealing to me every day
     
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    The Olympic White one!
     
  16. Barnzy

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    ...probably not:)
     
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    Whichever one has a humbucker in the bridge. :D
     
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  18. Barnzy

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    ...probably yes:)
     
  19. Vic Interceptor

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    I am a bit different than most I guess, but there is no way I can see ever buying a new factory made guitar again in my lifetime. They are overpriced, underperforming, nothing special stuff bolted together by people who really don't care a thing about them other than the paycheck they provide.

    If I wanted a new shiny guitar, my first choice would be to buy a body in the color of my choice off ebay or reverb, or have one made by MJT. If I wanted a relic, I'd have one made by MJT.

    Neck wise - that's a personal choice... so many choices. If you insist on a "genuine" Fender, pick the model you like and buy one from Stratosphere. If you don't care, pick a profile you like and have whatever sticker or not - your choice.

    I am very particular about pickups, tuners, wiring, caps etc now - so I would choose my own and not settle for the mass produced stuff a factory uses, made by the lowest bidder.

    But of your 3 choices - I'd definitely buy Fender. Anything else is an off-brand and harder to sell when you tire of it. EBMM/G&L etc - fine guitars, just not a publicly instant recognized name - that exclusively belongs to Fender and Gibson. You pay for that up front, and the next guy pays for it too...

    Hope this helped.
     
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  20. Jarick

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    If you want a traditional Strat, or if you think you may want to swap out parts, go with the Fender. If you want something that feels a bit more sturdy and modern, check out the G&L and the Ernie Ball. I will say there are some excellent used deals on G&L's. You might find a mint one from the last couple years for $800.
     
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