What’s Your Favorite Stratocaster?

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  1. Kennybeeinfl

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    Don Grosh Retro Classic.
     
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    Any mid-60s specced one. My Squier Classic Vibe 60s ticks all of the boxes for me.
     
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    My '56 Custom Shop Strat may be the best built guitar I've ever played..
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    My EJ RW and my 97 California Series.
     
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  7. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    If I was going strat..
    Ash Body, Maple board, hardtail, CS54 pickups or something in that vein (Fralin, Duncan Antiquity, etc)

    Whomever would build it with a neck shape I like and 6150 frets.

    Lots of builders.
    Maybe even me with some Warmoth parts.
     
  8. Average Joe

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    A used American Standard/American Professional with electronics to my liking. ;) Really, the thing imho is to buy a solid strat and mod/tweak it into what you need. Personally, that meant HSH with coil splits and a N+B switch, but the beauty of strats is that they're modular and that replacement parts are readily available
     
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    Yeah, they are spec'd out pretty much the way I want a strat to be. .
    I have one. Really like it. Dont notice the "stiff" thing so much. Would be much better if the neck was satin poly like my Mexican JLV strat, and not the sticky overly thick "nitro".
    Not selling the EJ, but I if I had to pick between the EJ and my K-line I'd take the K-line.

    The K-line is wired up the same as the EJ, w/ an added treble bleed. Has Dimarzio Area P/U's, never thought I would care much for noiseless SC's, but I like them.

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  10. ifallalot

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    My perfect Strat would

    American Pro neck with a big headstock
    American Pro 2 screw bridge
    Vintage-style electronics plus a 5 way switch
    Good set of slightly hot single coils
    Shell pink nitro with a mint guard

    CME has a FSR Player model that’s actually pretty close to that on their site right now
     
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  11. 59Bassman

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    Custom Suhr Classic in Inca Silver for me, please.
     
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    sort of a maligned version but my first 'great guitar' was a 1989 strat plus deluxe in custom color.

    easily my favorite to this day but there have been a few others that probably play/sound better that i've come along in my lifetime.
     
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  13. big mike

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    Love those.
     
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  14. Axeaholic

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    My Stock '81 Stratocaster ... original flat pole pickups, X1 bridge a bit hotter than the others. I swapped the 'string slicing' chrome saddles for the Tusq String Saver ones and it's seen a few fret jobs. It's one of those Strats with a great harmonic reaction to gain and really does great with blues. It's a real prog-rock monster. Neck is unique and extremely narrow at the headstock which I am sure should never have left the factory this way. It took a while to get the neck centered as the 3 point system was crap ...

    The bullet sticks out a bit much, overall it's a guitar that requires a bit too much tlc ... but man does it wail for a Strat ... best Strat I've ever played.

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    For those who love this sort of stuff

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    '97 CIJ Ritchie Blackmore sig. Can't stop playing this thing!
     
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    I’m with you on the rosewood debate. For some reason maple seems to “snap” the notes off it, rosewood seems to “sponge” the notes.

    Regardless, my favorite seems to be the ‘74 I inherited. I cannot figure out why. The U shape neck and the poly coat just feels so good. Even after keeping it in the case for years at my mom’s house I can pop it open, tune it and it just fits like an old baseball glove. I’d like a Tele to go with it but not break the bank.
     
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    MIM standard HSS (yes sir), MIJ ST57, MIJ ST62.
     
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    Awesome. I have the same guitar in Olympic White. I’m more of a tele guy these days but I still enjoy that guitar.

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    I’ve been meaning to check out a fat necked 50s spec ash/maple if I can find one.
     
  19. Texsunburst59

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    At one time I owned 14+ Fender Strats.

    Of the 14 Fenders my '75 Fender Strat had the best overall tone of the bunch.

    If I count my boutique Strat style guitars, my '99 Tom Anderson Hollow Drop Top Classic SSH and my '15 Suhr Classic Pro SSH are the best of all my Strat style guitars.

    For modern tones the Tom A offers the best tonal variety, and the Suhr Classic Pro offers the best tonal variety for classic strat tones.

    I think you really have to go to an big guitar shop that has a lot of Fenders from the standards to CS, and also a lot of high end boutique strat style guitars.

    Audition as many as you can, and eventually you'll find the one that speaks to you.

    DON'T buy online.

    If you plan to even spend 2k+ on a guitar, you owe it to yourself to audition the guitar in person.
     
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