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Where are the best bargains in sub $1000 strats?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by wrxplayer, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    I don't play my strat style guitar a ton but love it when I do. I'm thinking selling it and putting some of the proceeds into a less expensive strat and the other to Mr. American Express.

    My favorite strats have been a Grosh Retro Classic and a Suhr Classic. I prefer full necks but they needn't be huge. I like vintage output pickups over modern higher output.

    I could deal w/ relic or not; don't really care.

    Two I'm going to try to check out are the older Vintage Plus guitars from ESP and the Carvin Bolt. I've never played either. Also perhaps a G&L Legacy.

    What else is out there that may be under the radar but excellent feel, tone, and value for under $1K?
     
  2. yoyoyoseph

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    Every G&L I've played has been a rewarding experience. George Fullerton signatures go for around $900 used and are on the boutique level IMO. You could also contract out one hell of a parts caster to your specs for that much.
     
  3. c_mac

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    I really like the Fender Classic Series. I've played the 50's, 60's, and 70's Classic Series Strats and liked all of them a lot.
     
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    Be patient for upgraded MIA strats. You should be able to score them in the 550-800 range depending on upgrades, etc. You'd have enough to buy a nice pedal or two after that!
     
  5. StanG

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    Classic vibe or the greco you sold me last year.
     
  6. noisebloom

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    I've been gassing for a Classic Player 60s Strat, but if my budget was $1k, I'm pretty sure I could do better by doing it myself.
     
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    Yeah got a Classic Players 60's used at GC for $400; very nice, great neck, little clean up work on the frets and it will be a keeper..
     
  8. SG_Seth

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    Nothing wrong with a used fender American standard. Used deluxes also show up regularly in the sub $1k range.
     
  9. taez555

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    Build one using Warmoth or other parts. If looks don't matter, you can easily get a body and neck (exactly how you want them) for a fraction of that and spend the rest on high end pickups and still come in well under $1000.
     
  10. Martin82

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    Deluxe Player Strat. Best value in a Strat.
     
  11. Dipintoplayer

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    You can buy American Standards below $600 now days..I recently picked up two a 86 Dan Smith American Standard with the goofy tremolo that i paid $375 for... I immediately sold it cheap for $650 shipped here on the forum ..
    The second being a 91 American Standard with a semi rare marine aqua finish maple neck with OHSC for $400....
     
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    80s Japanese Tokais are awesome :)
     
  13. Dipintoplayer

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    I both agree and disagree with this..The fit,finish,hardware are all excellent..

    The one i owned looked better than any American Standard i have ever owned with just a beautiful tri tobacco burst finish and that showed just enough wood grain underneath ..

    It played and looked perfect but i never liked the way it sounded and on models like the deluxe player,50's,60's,70's classic players and any other special issue guitar i hate changing pickups on because it seems to defeat the purpose of the guitar....
     
  14. wrxplayer

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    Yeah, tell me about it. The Greco sounds as good as any (as you know). Quick look today has 'em up in the $800 range now. :(

    Don't supposed you decided you didn't like the one I sold you anymore, did ya?
     
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    Roll your own and build a partscaster!
     
  16. cfo_deebiedaddy

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    This: I picked up a Fullerton sig for $750 in December. I have some partscasters I really like, but my own fit and finish are miles behind G&L, and they cost me more!
     
  17. itstooloudMike

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    I've seen used AmDlx Strats in the $800 range occasionally, and those are killer Strats.
     
  18. tapeworm

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    Classic Players 60's Strat. This is an amazing guitar for the money. Easily on par with the AM Std Strats, often better....imo
     
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    American Strat for $650 all day long

    G&L Legacy for around $700

    Once I bought my first G&L (Legacy) about 2 months ago all I could do is ask myself what took me so long to buy one. It filled my needs and wants perfectly for a very reasonable price.
     

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