What’s Your Favorite Stratocaster?

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  1. DiPa

    DiPa Constant GAS Silver Supporting Member

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    American Standard Strat is just pure simple and beautiful, it’s a workhorse and I love them. Own a few myself.
     
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  2. fenderjapan

    fenderjapan World Heavyweight Champion Silver Supporting Member

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    In terms of what is available new, now:
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  3. MESA/BUDDA

    MESA/BUDDA Member

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    '04-'07 Highway One Strats are my favorite.
     
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  5. scotty31

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    '97/98 California series
    All maple neck. Candy Apple Red
    Love it. Have been playing it since new.
    Only change is a set of Kinman woodstocks.

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  6. zero_kool

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    My Ibanez AZ! Although I’ve a few changes to mine but it plays & sounds incredible!

     
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  7. VaughnC

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    I gigged mostly Strats for 50 some years and my favorite was an original '64...but I had to sell it in some tough economic times. Boo, hoo:(!

    So, I started running the racks for a Strat that had the deep woody sound of the old '64. And, after about 2 years of rack running at all price points & manufacturers, I finally found a Strat that was as close as I was going to get to the old '64. And it was a particular Fender MIM 60's Road Worn model:eek:...and the same exact guitar hanging next to it was a dog! It needed a few tweaks but I gigged that Strat for many years and it's still my #1 today. Not the prettiest guitar in the shop but this particular Strat killed everything at all price points...so sometimes you just never know where you'll find tone if you forget the labels/models and shop with your ears & hands (and not your eyes), and just let it find you!
     
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  8. Hanlon92

    Hanlon92 Silver Supporting Member

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    My opinions for different variations
    Vintage feel/tone: Rutters Strat. (Your specs) Marc typically gets his pickups from Ron Ellis... and they don’t suck. Just listen to josh smith play on his strat.

    Vintage tone modern feel: Xotic. Ever since I got mine it’s been my number one session and gig axe. I also love that it was relic’d And I don’t have to worry about dinging it on gigs.

    Modern all the way: Suhr. Can’t beat em IMO.
     
  9. Trem-o-dust

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    Favorite I've ever played was an Eric Johnson Strat. Luckily I bought it on the spot and she's sitting next to me! :)
     
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  10. LagunaMan

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    I've noticed lots of strats here have the six screws tremolo and I would have thought that for better tuning stability the two point tremolo would be preferable. Anyways, fender didn't have my ideal strat so I built one from warmoth:

    - two piece SSS alder body with american spaced vintage two point trem and bent metal fender saddles
    - 9.5" c-shape maple neck with small headstock and gotoh made kluson style tuners, stainless steel frets
    - nitro finish on body and neck (butter cream color with white pickguard and aged white pickups and knobs)

    Fender now sells a classic 50's strat with nitro finish and soft v-shaped maple neck with six screw trem, new for $1900 and used for $1200. If I didn't care about nitro finish, I would go with current production mexican player series strat with two point trem in butter cream yellow HSS and maple neck, used for $450.
     
  11. bigtone23

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    Stock? 83/84 Elite Strat. Fat frets, flatter radius, mid boost... yes!
     
  12. Aslan

    Aslan Silver Supporting Member

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    2016 Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster, in Olympic White, I love this guitar, especially the number of tones I can get.
     
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  13. Emigre

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    I have a 2011 Am Std, a 2016 Am Std and a recent Elite HSS Shawbucker. All stock so far.

    Strats fit me almost perfectly (except palm muting!)

    The Am Std is where it's at for me. Excellent base for own customisations. The 2016 will get a high gain HSS setup in the next few months.
     
  14. Ni6htWalker

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    Fender USA Stratocaster 2016

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    Nice Ulbrick amp. I have one of his overdrive pedals.
     
  16. the.godfather

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    I still think it's very difficult to beat the Eric Johnson Strat. I had one about 7 or 8 years ago in white that was just glorious that I wish I'd never sold. Perfect, fat neck profile with pickups that just screamed. I wasn't too keen on the glossy neck and I would have preferred larger frets though.

    A Suhr Classic Antique, Ibanez AZ or Musicman Cutlass are pretty hard to beat for the more 'modern' offerings too.
     
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    No457 Snowy Member

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    My '62 AV Hot Rod is my fave. This is a pic taken the day I bought it new about 10 years ago. She's just about ready for refret No.2 now.
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  18. Larspega

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    My new Suhr Classic Antique Ltd and my (ESP) Edwards E-SE-128/RE [​IMG]
     
  19. Bobby Brown

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    '64/'65/'66 vintage or reissue strats, with weak and often grey bobbin enamel pickups, are magical instruments.
     
  20. DeVilleDude

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    My '93 SRV is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm still loving mine going on 27 years now.

    Wow, that math makes me feel old.
     
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