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Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by Zahs, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Zahs

    Zahs Hmm, Upgrades?

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    New used guitar day!

    So I finally got rid of my 2004 Korean B.C. Rich Mockingbird Platinum- (I never got on with it, it was a totally overpriced, meh and uncomfortable guitar that I got in my teens) - I wanted to right this wrong.

    I took the cash I got from the sale and found this little gem!

    A 1991 Squier Silver series MIJ Stratocaster and I aged 20 years in a day.

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    I believe these were made in the Fuji-Gen factory. And its a very good Strat. Don't let the Squier tag fool you. These Silver Series Strats are no joke. Fit and Finish is great!

    From looking at it, what we have is an Alder Body (couldn't' see how many pieces) a single piece Maple neck - thats like a 57 neck, its quite chunky, it has shoulders, 3 Ceramic single coils, Vintage type trem, 5 way, 1 Vol, 2 tone and it came stock with Gotoh tuners.

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    I was really impressed with how the guitar is. It plays very well, and is in rather good condition. The neck is just brilliant. It's fat but not difficult to play with. Stays in tune rather well. Even with heavy trem usage. It's just want you want from a Strat, not much else to say really.

    A few scuffs here and there, only a paint chip by the neck. The paint finish is rather thick, but the neck has a thin finish hence the discolouring on the maple.
    Still has life in the frets, but will probably need to refretted in the near future, the pickups and electronics could do with an upgrade, but they are by no means bad. One thing I will change straight away is the Term block. It is tiny thin.

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    There is a lot more here with this instrument then there ever was with the Mockingbird, So I believe I have righted this wrong.

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    All I got to do now is stick a Ferrari logo sticker on the back.
     
  2. spudmunkey

    spudmunkey SS.org Regular

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    If you look at the back of the body, and hold it up so that you get direct glare reflection from a big window or overhead light, you can often see changes in the glare showing the glue lines for the pieces of the body.

    Over time, the wood shrinks and grows slightly, but the glue does so less, which can sometime telegraph through to the surface as ever-so-slightly raised ridges that, while perhaps imperceptible by touch, can be seen in a bright glare reflection.

    This shouldn't reflect poorly on a finish or the overall quality of a build...just a side-effect of gluing together pieces of wood.
     
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  3. Zahs

    Zahs Hmm, Upgrades?

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    I didn't know that, Learnt something new today. I counted 4 pieces.
     
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    There's something classic about an off--white Strat. Nice!

    How are the stock singlecoils? Ceramic wouldn't have been my first choice for a classic Strat sound. They're a little pricey compared to Fender or Dimarzio, but I really like Suhr's singlecoils, the ML Standards still sound fairly "classic" but are a little middier and punchier, while the V60LPs are about as traditional and bell-like as you can ask for, but both sound and feel a lot more "substantial," somehow, than most Fenders I've compared them to.
     
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    looking good!

    glad to hear you traded for something that you enjoy much more----enjoy!
     
  6. spudmunkey

    spudmunkey SS.org Regular

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    Congrats, BTW, on the cool NGD!
     

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