What’s Your Favorite Stratocaster?

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  1. bojomojo

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    Greetings,

    I just picked up the 2019 Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide and never realized how many variations of the Fender Stratocaster have been produced. I’m in the market for a Fender Stratocaster. I own a 2013 Fender Stratocaster FSR in shell pink and a rosewood fretboard. I never warmed up to the rosewood fretboard. My other Fender - a 1974 Telecaster Deluxe with a maple fretboard is my main guitar. What is your favorite Stratocaster? Note: it doesn’t have to be a Fender. Currently I have $4K saved for a new guitar. I’d rather not spend that much. However, that represents 2 years of socking away cash towards a new guitar. Please include pictures if possible. Thank you.
     
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  2. bradlake

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    PRS Silver Sky, 2014 Reclaimed Redwood Fender SSH Strat, Suhr Classic Pro
     
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    Fender AVRI '62 Reissue in 3TB (rosewood neck, vintage frets, 7.25" radius, it's not for everybody!)

    With as many models as there are, you can probably just run through a checklist of features, and you'll almost certainly find something that fits or is darn close!
     
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    These two, PRS Silver Sky and Grosh Retro Classic. The Silver Sky is a game changer, chunky neck, with electronic witchcraft under the pickguard. I say the electronics are witchcraft, because the tone and volume controls are truly usable through the entire sweep, and the pickups have fidelity and girth, while also being capable of copping the signature strat style tones. The Grosh is a different take on retro modern, with a really nice Gotoh 510 bridge, unique body style, but is finished in nitro, and feels like an old friend. I have a combination of Klein Jazz Cats and a Fralin Blues Special in it, and it does 2 and 4 like nobody's business.
     

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    Thank you SOOO much for including pictures. Is the PRS a 25” or 25 1/2” scale?
     
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    The American Pro or the newer Japanese 50s/60s hybrid models
     
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    Fender American Special.
     
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    My pleasure. 25.5".
     
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    Luckily, a decent priced one- 60s Roadworn.
     
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    For me the answer is easily the Eric Johnson Strat. The neck shape, the body cut, the pickups, and the controls are perfect for me!
     
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    I'm very happy with my 2014 American Standard. A friend has a Custom Shop Lenny, which was ridiculously good, but it cost $20,000.
     
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    I have an EJRW that I'm pretty fond of. Can't believe I don't have a decent photo of it.

    Others that I like a lot: G&L Legacy:




    curveball: PRS Hiland with all kinds of bolt-neck tones in it (the pickups split, of course)
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  16. Kentano2000

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    The question isn’t what is our favorite Strat but what will be YOURS? Go out and play as many as you can get your hands on. That being said, my favorite is my EJ rosewood Strat, followed closely by an American Professional with solid rosewood neck.
     
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    Ash body, Allparts FAT neck, Dimarzio Area 58/67/61 set. I'm good.
     
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    1998 Fender California Strat is my favorite non-custom shop model.
     
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    I don't know that Fender ever produced my perfectly spec'ed Strat, but it would effectively be an Eric Johnson (Rosewood board, Lucerne Aqua Firemist, of course!) with a 2-point tremolo. Off to Warmoth, I suppose.
     
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    My favorite one is my partscaster, because I couldn't get exactly what I wanted from Fender.
    If I had to go with an off the rack mass produced Strat, I'd probably buy either an Aerodyne (the older model with the carved body and no pickguard) or track down a Tom Delonge signature model. But to be fair, I'm not exactly the biggest fan of traditional Strats.
     

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