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

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  1. lifeson1

    lifeson1 Supporting Member

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    I certainly Would probably choose the EBMM. Just an incredible build for the money. I personally would have less problem getting that sight unseen rather than the Fender, which I would have to play before purchasing. There are more dogs out there than the EB.
     
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  2. Drewboy

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    I’d go Strat me.
     
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    Either a MannMade USA Tremolo, Callaham for Vintage
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    Gotoh SD510 HAP/M

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    Send all of it to Joe Glaser in Nashville for Assembly, Setup, and PLEK.
     
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  4. Kurt L

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    I like my EBMM Albert Lee, so from your choices I’d be most likely to pick the Cutlass.

    To those concerned about a battery in their guitar, the Albert Lee works perfectly well without it. There aren’t any active circuits affecting the sound - it’s only there to power the silent circuit.

    If you remove the battery, the guitar just has the normal single coil noise we all associate with Strats.
     
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  5. Barnzy

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    I'm glad you mentioned this...I wondered about the active circuit and whether it was something i wanted to deal with. Thanks for the info!
     
  6. ieso

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    You can't really go wrong with any of those. I have an EBMM JP15, a Strat EJRW, and a G&L Legacy and they're all cool. I will say that the build quality of the EBMM is probably a notch higher than Fender or G/L but it's also not the model you're considering. As for the 1 5/8 neck width, my Legacy is like that and I switch back and forth with no problem between it and my other guitars with wider necks.

    However

    If you can save up a bit more or buy used you might check out a Tom Anderson (e.g., classic or icon models). I bought an Angel last year and a lot of my other guitars are no longer getting much attention.
     
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  7. John C

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    Actually Kurt L's info is only correct for the older version of the EBMM Silent Circuit - the battery dies, you just lose the noise cancelling. Over the years I've owned 3 Silhouette Specials, 2 Albert Lees and 1 Axis SuperSport with the Silent Circuit and that is how it worked.

    However, the Cutlass has a new version of the Silent Circuit that also has a unity gain buffered output - i.e. all 5 switch settings will come out at the same level (instead of the usual volume drop in positions 2 and 4) - so it has to have a battery to work. Some owners over on EBMM's forum have tried removing the battery, and the Cutlass will not work without it.

    The Cutlass is closer in size to a Fender Strat than some other EBMM models, but it will still feel a little bit smaller than a Strat (or any other S-type with a "full sized" body).
     
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  8. jhale

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    I just got a fender silverburst am pro strat. Its really good
     
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    Came into say this. I have owned many Strat types, they never really sound accurate, I always went back to a Fender.
     
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    Thanks for the correction! I was not aware the circuit had been updated and I’d hate to be the source of bad info. Much obliged!
     
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  11. 2016aug29

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    If I'd wanted a vintage-type Strat, I'd be very interested in an LsL. For a bit more modern feel, possibly a Suhr.
     
  12. slider

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    Fender is going to have the best resale.
    The necks on EBs are not only narrow, but thin, lots of folks like'em like that, not me.
    My Legacy came with Duncans and a good sized neck. Love it.
     
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    Yeah, same here. But I can definitely appreciate that those other guitars are well-made instruments and can understand why people buy them.
     
  14. bigtone23

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    They are all killer. The Am Pro gets the edge just because it's a Strat that hasn't been 'modified' with a 'superior' trem or the like.
     
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    from reselling perspective if you are not in the USA , i would choose fender.
    the g&L and the EB will be harder to resell anywhere else but USA.
     
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  16. rufedges

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    Really, what tones are you going for, and what kind of music do you play? Three very different types of S shaped guitars you mentioned, very different tonal flavors.

    If you're looking for vintage strat look, tone, and feel = DANOCASTER. If I buy another guitar, it will be a DANO.
    EBMM guitars will not give you true Strat sounds, they are their own thing. Tiny necks too, played them from 2008-2014. Build quality is really good though, and unbeatable customer service. I don't care for the poly, and overall, their guitars are on the smaller side than Fender/Gibson. Price, meh.
    Fender has some great guitars as do many other manufacturers, but sometimes you pay more than you should just for the name, I recommend you compare and play in person for the best selection.
     
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  17. William Bohensky

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    Fender. Still the best guitar to play.
     
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  18. Jarick

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    I'm not sure if I'd actually pull the trigger this year or not, and it's not a traditional Strat, but I'm spec'ing out a pretty sweet partscaster right now:

    Warmoth roasted alder or swamp ash Strat body ~ 350
    Warmoth roasted maple Strat neck with SS frets ~ 350
    Gotoh 510 tremolo & locking tuners ~ 150
    No pickguard, rear routing, two knobs, 5-way super switch
    Suhr pickups (Thornbucker+, V60LP middle and neck) ~ 250
    Misc parts/electronics ~ 75

    Kind of inspired by a Charvel GG. Whole thing would spec out under $1200, and possibly well under with some good used deals. The neat thing is with roasted wood there wouldn't need to be a finish, or at the least you could get away with a pretty thin oil finish that wouldn't cost a lot, require a lot of equipment or need a lot of time/space to apply.
     
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  19. John C

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    So far the updated circuit is only on the 2 Cutlass models; the old-style circuit (where it works without the battery) is still used on the SSS Albert Lee and the Silhouette Special (which is now only available in the HSS configuration).
     
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  20. qblue

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    I'm a long time Fender owner since 1982, and I have a 1970 Stratocaster, bought used, that has Alnico 5 pickups (Think CS'69).

    My other is the 1990 Strat Ultra with Lace Sensors, HSS.

    What I found surprising was how much the Fender Elite sounded like the Ultra. The Ultra had the first noiseless pickups, the Lace Sensor. These new 4th Gen. noiseless sound really good, deeper in timbre, but still stratty, without the tinny jangle. Some might like this, some won't. My pickups on the Ultra are high in output, the Blue in the neck has 12kHz, and the Red dually HB in the bridge has 14kHz resistance. The gold in the middle is about 5.9kHz is like the normal output from classic Strats. In that 4th Gen pickup, the resistance is 10.4kHz

    The tinny jangle is what I hear from my 1970 Stratocaster The output from its pickups is 5.7-5.9kHz. And the sound is similar to the G&L, with a lot noise from 60-cycle hum. Both have the scooped midrange that you can hear from these low output pickups they put on older Strats. Currently the 4th Gen. pickups and Laces have outputs dwarfing the CS'69 pickup output, and a lot more midrange.

    I'd go with the Fender, because the Ultra is still the best sounding Strat I have and this Elite is very close in sound. Also it has a multi-radius neck, locking tuners, S1 switching, and bypass switch.
     
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