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Old 03-22-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Best value for money strat?

I just want to know what do u think is the best value for money strat avalible?
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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To be honest, I'd go with the American Standard Strat. It's closer to $1000, but in my opinion those are where you get the best value.

Are you looking for something cheaper?
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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Probably American Standard Strat, though Mexican Strats are also great if you upgrade the pickups.

I would also look into the Carvin Bolt if you want to spend a bit more for a semi-custom instrument that will be as good as or better than an American Strat in terms of build quality. For about $800 base price they are excellent value.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:40 PM   #4
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^ I think you can't go wrong with the American Standard.

However, there are excellent "Strats" from companies like Carvin, Fernandes, Fret-King, G&L, Godin and US Masters that bring other great qualities to the table.

Carvins are incredibly customizable. Fernandes' Retrorocket delivers high quality combined with the option of having a Sustainer pickup. Arguably, Fret-King and Godin bring better value for money, delivering comperable guitars for less money. And many regard G&L's take as the ultimate refinement of the Strat idea short of going custom. US Masters is, like Carvin, a customizer's dream, but with an eye towards slightly more aggressive tones.

And of course, there are many other options as well.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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Oh, yeah, I'd take a G&L any day over a Fender Strat. But, they are more expensive and I'm not sure how the lower cost import series stack up.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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The entry-level G&Ls are pretty good, and I would probably compare them to MiM Fenders.

Godin & Carvin I would compare directly to Fender, but with better value for money.

I own a Fernandes Elite, which is MiK, and is very nice indeed. I'd bet the MiJ ones are stellar. And the sustainer is simply cool.

I just got a Fret-King Blue Label Super 60HB. When shopping for a hardshell case & strap, one of the salesmen thought it was a G&L at first. Blue Label are F-K's first tier of "pro" quality instruments...hey have two more labels above them.

US Masters are probably about as good as it gets before going full custom...and if you look at their prices, you'd believe it. (But they're sooooo pretty!)
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:58 PM   #7
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Keep an eye on american musical supply and sweetwater. They seem to always have a deal on Fenders. A week or two ago, I saw new 2012 American Standard models for like $750. Mine is a 2011 model and I got it at the end of 2011. Got it on sale plus Fender had a $100 factory discount thing so it was like $850. American musical supply had free shipping too and since it was out of state I paid no tax.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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Sweetwater has good prices on a good selection, and a good return policy as a cherry on top. My church's music minister uses them fairly regularly, and speaks highly of their customer service.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:02 PM   #9
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probably the japanese ones. though to get the best value it's normally easier to just skip the fender-branded ones and go with tokai or similar. Granted they're not as good value as they were because of the strong yen

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i think the black labels are under the blue labels. the black labels don't have the gotoh japan hardware.
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i think the black labels are under the blue labels. the black labels don't have the gotoh japan hardware.

Yep, and the Green Label and STVDIO are the higher end ones.

There are some cool Black Label guitars, though...and I'd consider adding another F-K of ANY of their lines to my collection in the future.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:11 PM   #11
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ah i forgot about the stvdio ones

yeah some of the black label ones do look cool, but their prices seem to be higher than the blue label prices a lot of the time, lol- i guess because they're newer. But i'd struggle to pay more for something that's (on paper, anyway) worse. EDIT: or at least, you can often find the blue labels on offer. I wouldn't pay more than ~£400 for a new blue label, on the basis that if you wait long enough you can normally find one for that.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:13 PM   #12
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Pretty much any of the Mexican strats are good guitars.

Personally that's what I like to buy. They have the same build quality of the Americans with cheaper electronics, then I just like to put good pickups in them. So I get exactly what I want
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:39 PM   #13
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EDIT: or at least, you can often find the blue labels on offer. I wouldn't pay more than ~£400 for a new blue label, on the basis that if you wait long enough you can normally find one for that.


Yeah, that's what happened with my Super 60HB- my total cost with shipping and import costs was @$670. Add in a Fender tweed hardshell case and a strap...$850?
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:16 PM   #14
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yeah i got my super 60 p90 one for £375 IIRC and my country squire super s for £410 (both including postage).
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:35 AM   #15
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yeah i got my super 60 p90 one for £375

Is hat the one that has the p90 in the bridge and 2 singlecoils? I was hoping to get one I found in metallic orange, but it was sold before I pulled the trigger.
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yep that's the one. and yeah i have it in metallic orange I'd have actually preferred sunburst (though my super s is sunburst, so i don't care so much now, i got it later), but the orange is pretty nice. And different, without being too different.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:38 PM   #17
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Jealous!
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fwiw I prefer the colour of your green one, it's really nice. But the p90 one isn't available in green, and i wanted the p90 one.
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Hahaha- It's like one of those switched at birth stories!

I'm still thinking about getting that Super 60SP in metallic orange down the road, but I simply can't justify it at this time. The only other metallic orange "Strat" or "Tele" I can find are USA G&Ls, and I don't know of any with a P90 and singlecoils.

I bet that Super 60SP sounds as nice as my Super 60HB. Happy with it?
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:21 PM   #20
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Yeah, the 2012 stand. strat with custom shop pickups. Not the older ones.
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