#1
Anything I should be cautious of before I buy a MIM strat?

I recently played one and fell in love with the neck and whammy bar. I know I should try before I buy, which I plan to do, so please tell me of any things I should be on the look out for.
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#2
if you plan on using whammy bars, don't buy a guitar with it. get something with a floyd rose. whammy bars cause guitars to go out of tune as soon as you use it, no lie. so if you plan on using the whammy, get a strat with a floyd or don't use the whammy
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#3
Quote by FightinIrishPJ
if you plan on using whammy bars, don't buy a guitar with it. get something with a floyd rose. whammy bars cause guitars to go out of tune as soon as you use it, no lie. so if you plan on using the whammy, get a strat with a floyd or don't use the whammy


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#4
I didn't plan on doing divebombs anyway.

Still, what are some things I should be on the look out for?
Player, give me some brew an I might just chill
but I'm the type that like to light another joint like Cypress Hill
#5
Well I've heard that some MIMs are hit and miss, some amazing, some crap, so make sure you try out the one you plan on buying first, but I wouldn't worry too much.
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#6
Definately play afew before you buy.Mine stays in tune fine.If ya do alot of string bending you'll want to add a spring to the trem and adjust as needed.
#7
I own 3 MIM Fenders, a 1996 Deluxe Fat Strat, 2001 Standard Strat, 2002 Telecaster, and soon to own a 2003 Classic series 50's Strat. Each one of these guitars are nice examples of quality guitars at a reasonable price. I have bought them all used in very good to excellent condition, and paid around $200 for each. Fender has done us guitarists a big favor by offereing these guitars. I would never be able to afford 4 MIA Fenders right now ( maybe someday). I think you should play the guitar first, then decide if it is right for you, and the price is right.
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#8
I've recently bought a MIM Classic 60s Strat and I'm not disappointed with it in terms of build quality, looks or sound. I think it's great value for money. The only slight drawback is that I've had it set up with the bridge flat to the body. Unlike MIA Strats, it isn't possible to use the whammy at all from this position - the innards just don't line up. That's what the tech told me anyway (I didn't get the guitar from him and I trust him as he's done great set ups for me in the past). Anyway, that's a very minor drawback to me. Good huntin'
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#9
I recently bought the MIM standard strat and it is a good guitar. The one I tried out in the shop before getting my own was also good. As long as you get it from a good shop then you will be fine. Mine has a nice playing action and a decent tone as well.
#10
Fender Standards are actually really good quality, usually set up to there best, the tremelo system is more durable than people make out, the only thing id consider changing is the pickups, fender do go cheap on this bit, get yourself some noiseless single coils
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#11
As long as you put graphite in the nut, the tremolo is pretty stable. I wail on mine all the time. I really should post an MP3 of that as a way of saying "stfu" to the FR purists...

Anyway, their hit-and-miss. Some have great feel, bad pickups, some have wonderful pickups, a god-awful neck. Some are all-bad. Some are brilliant. Some you'll need to mod the hell out of, others(like my own personal one. ) are fine stock, even the pickups in some respects. As long as you find a good one you'll be set with it; just make sure to buy the exact one you try, not one from the back or anything, due to the hit-and-miss quality of them. As an owner of one though, for $400(or the $220 used I payed for mine), I've got no complaints.
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