Vintage Hot Rod 62 Strat? Waddaya think?

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  1. r8burst

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    I'm considering buying a Fender Vintage Hot Rod 62 strat, and am kind of on the fence about it. Anyone have any experience with these? Opinions? Pros/cons?

    Tony
     
  2. SouthernShred

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    I love mine...seriously love it...I've owned a ton of strats, probably 20 and this one is a keeper...never leaving my possession.
     
  3. DrBob

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    Can't stop thinking about the Oly White one I played at a shop recently...
     
  4. Phil M

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    I've only played one and I really liked it a lot. The sherwood green has had my eye since they came out with these.
     
  5. r8burst

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    Yeah, the Sherwood green is what I'm looking at. I have a '56 blonde closet classic with the 10/56 neck, I'm kinda used to that, and I'm just going back and forth on whether I like the bigger neck or not.

    Tony
     
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    I have a sherwood green one and LOVE it. I've owned a few strats and this one takes the cake. It actually prompted me to buy a '57 VHR too LOL! The '62 has a great build, it encompassed all the specs I want in a strat.
     
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    I want a Sherwood Green one real bad! I will make one mine when I am able to afford it.


    Mark
     
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    I ordered one from MF and it had a weird quality issue, the high E string was nearly hanging off the fretboard. I had to have the neck realigned and put some shims in, but otherwise it was a good guitar. I did have a problem with it fretting out during bends in some areas of the neck too. I ended up selling it and getting a CS Custom Classic strat, only $300 more and IMO a much better guitar.
     
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    I ordered mine from Sweetwater's Gallery, so I could see the actual guitar and the techs there go over the guitar before it leaves. :) Mine was perfect outta the box.
     
  10. Mike Duncan

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    I think you should search the forum and see all the nice things we've said in the past about them. I love mine.
     
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    I think Daves Guitar has some as well as `59 thin skin w/ large C profile neck around the same $. I`ve played two of them , one was great the other so so. You`ll need to play them acousticaly first and make a desicion from there. Good luck!
     
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    My local music store has a white and sherwood green put away in a back room. Alot of his sales are to the shred heads and not many interested in a good strat. He had about 20 nice fenders in that room. The first case he opened was the oly white hot rod. Bad Gas. I just cant swing it. Im thinking they will be there for a while since not to many people see them.
     
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    I played one and thought it was tight and hard to bend.

    Nice chunky neck though.
     
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    I've got one and can only wax lyrical about it.

    Mine is a three tone sunburst to which I have added a three ply black plate.

    They are fantastic guitars and I love the big neck.

    Gor for it! :)
     
  16. r8burst

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    Yeah, it's looking like I might take the plunge. I've been living with it for a couple of days, and it's really growing on me. Starting to really dig the neck, too. Pretty fair amount of flame, headstock and back of the neck.

    Here she is

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    Pretty, huh?

    Tony
     
  17. Strat God

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    Those are GREAT guitars. I would not hesitate.
     
  18. VaughnC

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    My sunburst '62 HR is the best modern production Strat I've played to date. However, I did replace the pickups in mine because positions 2 & 4 were tonally somewhat darker than 1, 3, & 5...which was driving me nuts. I put in a set of Duncan Surfers (their take on aged '64 Fender's) with a non-RWRP middle pickup and the guitar now has better tonal balance and sounds a tad more "vintagey"...to me. Nice thump and focus but without mud or ice pick ;).

    Other than that, the chunky neck feels great, and the frets are just large enough but don't get in the way like so many other medium jumbos do.

    Like I said previously in another thread, in my mind, this '62 HR is what the SRV Strat should have been. Gutsy & vintage rolled into one :AOK.
     

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