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What's the best "off the rack" Fender Strat made today?

Jarrett

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Kinda looking for something in Hendrix vibe. What's good out there now? I don't want to spend over $2000 new. Hopefully a decent amount less than that. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
 

A-Bone

Montonero, MOY, Multitudes
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In terms of consistency, I have been impressed with the Eric Johnson strats that I have seen and played. They seem like they would work for a Hendrix style thing.
 

scott1568

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It maybe one you piece together yourself. Check out Callaham for parts, and Reranch for a Nitro finish........

A note on Callaham, the trem block does make a difference, even unplugged. Pricey though and the jury is out on the value of it, but I used their bridge saddles, bridge mounting screws and trem block and it did "wake" her up for sure.
 

esoteric pete

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i REALLY dig the oly white hot-rod 62' strats...nice fat neck, 9.5 radius, thin nitro, and pretty nice sounding pups right outta the gate.

they are about $1599 new most places.

hard to beat it if you wana fender. as someone mentioned above, the EJ strat is a great guitar as well.
 

VDeuce

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i REALLY dig the oly white hot-rod 62' strats...nice fat neck, 9.5 radius, thin nitro, and pretty nice sounding pups right outta the gate.

they are about $1599 new most places.

hard to beat it if you wana fender. as someone mentioned above, the EJ strat is a great guitar as well.
I played two of these today at a local GC. Pretty nice. Big neck that I'm not sure I ultimately would like - not sure. Pretty resonant.

But....

What really screws with my head is when I pickup my daughter's newly acquired MIM Standard Strat (also oly white/rosewood), it plays and sounds so unbelievably great at a fraction of the cost.
 

DWB1960

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Go to your local GC and play every strat they got - ignoring the price tag and origin - and buy the one that sounds and plays best unplugged.

About 10 years ago I owned a MIM strat that was AMAZING and it only cost like $600.
 

JZG

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Speaking from limited experience, but the EJ's and Hot Rod series are pretty nice guitars and appear to be pretty consistent in terms of quality.
 

mdog114

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I like my Jimmie Vaughn. It's wired the way I prefer, it's got bigger frets and a wider neck. All stock.
 

XKnight

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You should be able to find some Custom Shop Strats in that price range. Even though they call them Custom Shop, they are basically "off the rack" since most aren't ordered to customer specs these days. Most of the Signature Strats are also under $2000.

You may want to consider G&L as well. Still designed by Leo and from my experience you get better quality and consistency for less money.
 

dorianadams

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You should be able to find some Custom Shop Strats in that price range. Even though they call them Custom Shop, they are basically "off the rack" since most aren't ordered to customer specs these days. Most of the Signature Strats are also under $2000.

You may want to consider G&L as well. Still designed by Leo and from my experience you get better quality and consistency for less money.
I love my 2 G&L s-500's . Here is a link to a real nice blonde one. The real price is $1199.00
http://guitaradoptions.com/store/product.php?productid=18134&cat=254&page=5
I almost bought this myself but I have two already.
 

jda

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The vintage hot rods are great. Since I like big necks, I also like the MIJ and CIJ 60s strats. You may need a pickup swap, but they are a great value.
 

Izy

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IMHO the EJ strat but if you are going after the Jimi vibe then its got to be what guitartone suggest - the CIJ 68RI with texas specials. (don;t know whether jimi used Texas specials but the pups could be easily swop.

I would buy one of those EJ strats but i own too many strats.

But soon or later i'll get my hands on one. That's for sure!
 




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