Wildwood 10 Strat or Rory Gallagher strat???

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  1. ROTHNROLL

    ROTHNROLL Member

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    Which one fits the bill?
    I played a wonderful Rory Gallagher strat recently.
    They street price for 2,600 dollars from most Fender Dealers.
    I loved the neck and thought that it was really versatile for a stratocaster. Silky smooth neck!
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    I really want this Wildwood 10, but it is 4000.00 dollars~~!!!!!!!!!


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    Maybe I am crazy, but I think 4 thousand dollars is too much for a bolt on team built strat!
    I can afford financially to buy either one... but the high price on the Wildwood 10 is a real shocker!
    I would love to try the John Cruz pickups and the 10 inch radius.
    For those that own either... is the Wildwood worth another 1,400 dollars?
    Advise? Comments?
     
  2. phatster

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    I got the Gallagher and the neck is worth the price!
     
  3. Peppy

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    The Gallagher...best pickups I've heard in a Strat. Meaning not just the neck is important but the tone, etc. I've had mine for about a year now...don't even play my Andersons much anymore.
     
  4. XKnight

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    You may want to look around for a different Custom Shop Strat. There are many out there for less than $4K. If the Rory does it for you, then go with that.
     
  5. Steve Lowe

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    I'd give Steve at Wildwood a call and discuss that $4K - he's a great guy.
     
  6. Jerrod

    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    I dig my Rory.
     
  7. ROTHNROLL

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    I didn't think they budged on the Wildwood 10's.. do they?
     
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    Get whichever sounds better. Once your at CS level a great rosewood/alder strat is more on an instrument basis. I have played NOS CS strats that, although statistically improbable, have been better than Master built strats with the same specs. If you find one that speaks to you: get it. With all due respect to Wildwood 10's (which I am sure are great) paying more doesn't always guarantee a better instrument.
     
  9. buddastrat

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    Whew $4K is crazy, they don't budge on their pricing because there is no competition with the 10's. But, if you wait for Fender days, they take 10% off any Fender at Wildwood. It's an annual thing and I'm not sure when it is, but I think it's getting close.

    I like that tubescreamer green strat!
     
  10. VaughnC

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    $4K is crazy IMO!! Have you ever kicked the tires of a Vintage Hot Rod '62 reissue Strat? Mine in better than the dozens of Fender Custom Shop Strats I've owned and/or played and it's a lot less money ($1600 street). Nice chunky 9.5" radius neck, medium frets, satin finished neck rear gives it a great feel. Didn't care for the stock pickups but that's an easy fix...call Don Mare! Best modern Strat I've played in a long time.
     
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    You could build 2 strats to your specifications for $4K! Maybe it's just me, but the Rory Gallagher strat relic jobs look a little weak. I mean, who's guitar weathers like that?
     
  12. Troubleman

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    I have a real 1961 Stratocaster. It's not quite as beaten as Rory's but it's of the same ilk. The RG Sig model is an exacting duplicate (painsakingly so) of a guitar not too far off from mine. Bitchin' guitar - go with the Rory. I can't see spending $4000 for any non-vintage Strat that isn't custom-built to my exact specifications. Even at that...

    my 3 peso's worth anyway...

    Peace,


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  13. EelEye

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    I gotta tell you...$4k for a Teambuilt Custom Shop Strat is beyond nuts--especially when you can still get Masterbuilt-level guitars in the mid-$3k range from some dealers. I've owned about 30 Custom Shop, Masterbuilt, and American Vintage strats over the last 10 years--there is very little correlation between how much you pay and whether it is a good sounding guitar. Out of those 30 or so that I've owned, some of the best sounding guitars were the American Vintage reissues, which I paid $1,200 for.

    What you are buying with this new run of Wildwoods is MOJO, which just ain't worth $4k to me.
     
  14. buddastrat

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    Great point EelEye. Go order the same spec'd guitar and save a grand! Of course, the bad thing there is you can't try before you buy.
     
  15. bluesjuke

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    If you like the Rory I would go for it.
    I don't mind spending a lot to get a guitar I really want but there is a point of diminishing return and I think getting over 3k on a Fender is most likely where that point is.

    There are many just as good if you look at that price point or below.
    Crap, my '56 Heavy Relic is one of the very best Strats I've owned and played over the years.
    Has the bare neck like the Rory too.
     
  16. ROTHNROLL

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    I am going with the RORY.
    I played one and loved it.
    I think my next usacg build with be a replica Wildwood 10 speced strat.
    Should be able to do it for fairly cheap.
     
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    Had the chance to play 1/2 dozen WW10's last week. Like any strat/tele some better than others, but they were all very cool. The better of the bunch being as good as any strat, modern/vintage that I've played. The 10" fingerboard radius and 6105 frets feel great, and those pickups kill.

    A couple weeks ago I played a RG to check out an amp, and was not as taken with it as some I've played before, but thats the deal with strats, got to play as manys as you can.

    Got to love a good strat, and the hunt it really part of the fun :AOK
     
  18. JamesT

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    buy the 10, i have one and played another the r.g. one is no better.... i have another c.s. strat and a nocaster. buy the 10.
     
  19. JamesT

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    but i never even saw an rg one.... so i might not be best to listen to...
     
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