GAS-ing for a proper stratocaster, your opinions?

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  1. EmaDaCuz

    EmaDaCuz Brutal yet soulful

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    My opinion about buying a Strat. Just buy it. It is my go to guitar for songwriting and casual playing, it is just a pleasure to strum some chords or write some killer riffs. Then, of course, if you need more bite for recording, you can always use a more modern sounding guitar.

    My opinion about MIM: a good MIM is generally better than an average MIA. Of course try before buy, some MIM are just bad, but that's true for all other guitars. I sold my 2002 MIM Strat to a Strat fanatic, he simply loved the quality of my guitar. He made me a crazy offer that I could not refuse.

    Tone wise, if the Strat is SSS and you need some firepower, go for a Di Marzio BC2. Forget about Hot Rails and similar from Seymour Duncan, the BC2 sounds almost a full humbucker: powerful, aggressive, full, and yet it retains that amazing Strat tone. I recorded a few death metal album with it.
     
  2. Fenceclimber

    Fenceclimber I love Ibanez

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    Thanks guys, I have my eyes set on a white HSS MIM standard, time to start living on ramen and water for a while.
     
  3. TonyFlyingSquirrel

    TonyFlyingSquirrel Cherokee Warrior

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    I think as far as reasonably traditional strats go, the Ed OBrien model with the Fernandes Sustainer is one of the best values out there right now.
     
  4. Santuzzo

    Santuzzo SS.org Regular

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    I got a MIM Roadworn 60ies strat a few months ago and I'm very happy with it. Great playing, sounding and looking guitar IMO.
     
  5. billinder33

    billinder33 SS.org Regular

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    I love the Strat for that quacky single-coil tone, applied to funk and metal.

    One of these days I'm going to buy a cheap SSS Strat and drop the SD 'Everything' pickup set into it. Either that or 3 SD Duckbeckers.
     
  6. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    At first glance i read this as 3 SD Dimebuckers and nearly had a seizure...
     
  7. Genocyber

    Genocyber SS.org Regular

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    +1 here for an MIJ...

    I have a 1987 MIJ Strat ('57 style) and it's an amazing guitar... i find myself using it to write and practice on a lot...
     
  8. billinder33

    billinder33 SS.org Regular

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    I love Dimebag, but I want my single-coils to quack, not crunch!!!
     
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  9. wakjob

    wakjob SS.org Regular

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    Maybe you could get that store to include a pro-level setup job in the price on one of those MIM's.

    Or at least a reduced price on a setup since you're buying the guitar from them.

    MIM's have been the best bang for the buck for over 10 years now.

    The Classic Vibe series are great too.
    Best factory fret jobs I've seen in a long while.
     

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