techowiz
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Join date: Dec 2008
55 IQ
#1
Saw a Crestwood Strat copy in a used store. Looked pretty nice (better than a Squier Bullet)... Anyone have any experience with Crestwood?
jds2
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Join date: May 2013
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#2
I can't say that I'm familiar with Crestwood strat clones, but I would see how it plays and make your decision based on feel and condition. I picked up a Johnson brand strat clone last week and dropped in a set of GFS lipstick pickups. To be honest, I had never heard of Johnson before, but it was cheap on Craigslist and I wanted a cheap strat clone for my first attempt at a pickup swap in case I messed it up. The guitar body was in great shape and the neck was extremely comfortable. It played pretty well after I adjusted the action and changed the strings. The stock pickups were pretty much junk, though. All in all, definitely worth the $45 I paid. With the lipsticks installed, however, it is now one of my favorites with an awesome tone.

I'm guessing that a Johnson is pretty similar to a Crestwood and most other no-name import brands of strat clones. Pickup swaps are really easy, so if you like everything about the Crestwood except the sound and the price is right, that is fix-able without too much money and / or fuss.
techowiz
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Join date: Dec 2008
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#3
Quote by jds2
I can't say that I'm familiar with Crestwood strat clones, but I would see how it plays and make your decision based on feel and condition. I picked up a Johnson brand strat clone last week and dropped in a set of GFS lipstick pickups. To be honest, I had never heard of Johnson before, but it was cheap on Craigslist and I wanted a cheap strat clone for my first attempt at a pickup swap in case I messed it up. The guitar body was in great shape and the neck was extremely comfortable. It played pretty well after I adjusted the action and changed the strings. The stock pickups were pretty much junk, though. All in all, definitely worth the $45 I paid. With the lipsticks installed, however, it is now one of my favorites with an awesome tone.

I'm guessing that a Johnson is pretty similar to a Crestwood and most other no-name import brands of strat clones. Pickup swaps are really easy, so if you like everything about the Crestwood except the sound and the price is right, that is fix-able without too much money and / or fuss.

Sounds like a "good plan"! Thanks for the feedback.