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Old 01-20-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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MIM Strat or Squier Classic Vibe 50s\60s Strat?

I found a MIM Strat less than a year old with hard shell case that I think I can negotiate for $400 for the guitar, road runner case, and Snark tuner. It appears to be in mint condition.

I have also been looking at the Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s and '60s Electric Guitar. I have two guitars already with rosewood fret board and would like a maple neck I think.

I know the MIM Strat with case and tuner for $400 is a deal, but want to get some opinions on the Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50s specifically and the Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50\'60s line generally.

Buy the used but mint MIM Strat or a new Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '50\'60s guitar? I've read where there's little difference between the MIM standard strats and the vibe series.

Also the '50s vibe guitars have Alnico III magnets whereas the '60s guitars have the Alnico V magnets. Is there a difference worth considering between the two pickups with those magnets?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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There is a difference, the MiM is much better.

If you get a shitty MiM then yea, maybe a good Vibe would be on par, but overall the MiM is a better sounding, better feeling, better constructed guitar.

Ultimately its down to you, and the pickups are a personal preference but I'd always take the MiM.

Lots of people like the CV, and if you play one and you like it that's fine, but I don't see how it's on par with the MiM.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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There is a difference, the MiM is much better.

If you get a shitty MiM then yea, maybe a good Vibe would be on par, but overall the MiM is a better sounding, better feeling, better constructed guitar.

Ultimately its down to you, and the pickups are a personal preference but I'd always take the MiM.
Thank you! Considering there's no tax, a case, and a Snark tuner, plus the guitar, if I can get him down to $400, I think it would be a deal for the MIM Strat. Assuming the guitar is a keeper of course.

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #4
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Definitely have a play with it if you can and see if it's a keeper.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:18 AM   #5
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Definitely have a play with it if you can and see if it's a keeper.
Going to do just that. Talked with the owner last night. An older man that bought two guitars thinking he wanted to get back into playing as in his younger days. Kind of the story here with me, but I'm serious about it and am practicing, learning, and playing mine.

He's asking $450 for everything which is still a good price as best I can tell. I have the same case for my Tele that cost around $90 plus tax. His Strat lists for $499 at GC plus tax of about $50 in this area. Again it's in mint condition as far as the pictures tell the story.

Working most of the day. Need to travel about 45 minutes to his town and play it. It's been listed for a while now with some people offering him $200 for the guitar. Going to try and see him\it tomorrow.

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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The only beef I have with mim fenders is that 70% I played at stores brand new had sharp edges from frets sticking out the side
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:54 PM   #8
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find a used G&L tribute for $350.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:02 PM   #9
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yeah G&L tribute > MiM in my opinion. I love G&Ls though so maybe I'm a little biased.

The MiMs I've played have always had the best fret jobs i've ever used, never sharp or anything. I have that problem with every single squier though.

What do you y'all recommend for filing those down with?
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #10
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The only beef I have with mim fenders is that 70% I played at stores brand new had sharp edges from frets sticking out the side


That happens to basically any guitar during shipping as the wood changes shape due to climate. I've seen it happen on fifteen hundred dollar Gibsons and $1000 Scheters, too.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:13 PM   #11
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$400 would be a pretty good price for the package. $450 wouldn't even be bad.

I like the MIM strats, once you swap out the pickups and touch them up a bit. I've had two now that I have gotten and fixed up. I wish I hadn't sold the one. After I had the fretboard PLEK'd it was one of the finest playing guitars I've ever touched. I've got the other one in for the treatment right now.
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That happens to basically any guitar during shipping as the wood changes shape due to climate. I've seen it happen on fifteen hundred dollar Gibsons and $1000 Scheters, too.

Oh I agree and I believe fender makes a good product.. just the fact that 2 out of 10 I tried were smooth definitely was pretty lousy. All I'm getting at is watch them closely .. inspect everything and either save money to have some fret work or don't settle for the first one you find if it isn't great.. there's only a million mim fenders out there
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http://www.fender.com/series/artist...k-stratocaster/

"Fender's Jeff Beck Stratocaster features...ceramic Noiseless™ pickups..."
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"Fender's Jeff Beck Stratocaster features...ceramic Noiseless™ pickups..."

It also features a price tag way to high. Especially for somone looking at mim's and squiers.

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It also features a price tag way to high. Especially for somone looking at mim's and ltd's...


My point is it has ceramic pups.
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Oh I didn't know he asked about them.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:09 AM   #17
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Going to pass on the MIM and Squier as I've found a Strat that beats all I've asked about and have considered, and the seller is letting me have it for $525 with original Fender case.

It's a showroom mint condition Fender American Special Stratocaster® HSS Rosewood in 3-Color Sunburst identical in every way to this one. HSS with TexMex single coils in neck and middle and atomic humbuckers in bridge.



Not going to celebrate until I exchange the cash and have guitar and case in hand. But in the meantime ... WOOT!

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Played a used G&L Legacy in natural earlier this evening but the strings had rusted. It was in a local music store and have been there for some time. They want $390 for the G&L but I think I'm better served with the Fender® American Special Stratocaster HSS with rosewood and 3-color sunburst for just $135 more.

Also played a White MIM standard Strat that played very well. I found the tension on the strings to be less than my Les Paul, Epi ES339, and even the Modern Player Tele, but someone told me it could have had .9s on it whereas my guitars have .10s. I liked the feel, playability, and sound of the Stratocaster though regardless.

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Yeah the mia strat is the way to go if you can swing it
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