#1
Hey EG forum, I'm looking into getting a good strat, to replace my fender MIM one.

I'm thinking I want something like a G & L, not an american fender. I'm thinking I can get a better guitar for the same price because it doesn't say fender on the headstock.

What other GOOD strat copy's are there besides G & L?

I'm looking to spend around as much as an american strat, so around the $1200 dollar mark.

Any suggestions on which guitar would fit?
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#2
Fret King Green Label Coronas are bloody fantastic and you can probably take advantage of our measly currency and bag one for a great price.
#4
Quote by Rock Pig
Fret King Green Label Coronas are bloody fantastic and you can probably take advantage of our measly currency and bag one for a great price.

ouch, 1400 euros

That's $2300 cnd, which is slightly over my budget
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#5
Quote by BMP
Carvin are pretty good, check them out


Theyre VERY good. My buddy has one. Pickups sound amazing, no need for a setup, very versatile. Theyre harder to find, and he said he had to get his ordered straight from Carvin. They have nice amps too
#6
What about a Chinese Fender strat although thats not really wot you asked 4.

Im interested to know why you are relpacing a $650 -700 fender MIM with a fender copy of
the same price......???


Oh i did have an AMAZING fender strat copy. Great value...... It was a Tanglewood strat copy. $300.
#7
Quote by Slaveaway
Im interested to know why you are relpacing a $650 -700 fender MIM with a fender copy of
the same price......???

You must have misread my post, or I wrote it with poor grammar

I was going to sell my MIM and get an MIA, but I'm thinking for the same price as an MIA I could get a better strat because it doesn't say fender.
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Quote by danyellenik
You must have misread my post, or I wrote it with poor grammar

I was going to sell my MIM and get an MIA, but I'm thinking for the same price as an MIA I could get a better strat because it doesn't say fender.


Oh, my mistake..... yes replace it with a $1200 guitar...... I understand what your getting at now....

My question still applies although on reading your post again I believed you have already answered it....


Thats an interesting take on buying guitars........ The thing is an American strat is a great guitar....... i mean i dont think I would beneift from having a better guitar than a american strat.... infact are there ANY strat copys that are better than the american strat?

are there ANY guitars better than an american strat???


#9
Look into Tokai, the 80's models, bacchus strats, edwards and jap fenders from the 80's. They would be alternatives to a modern day american Fender. All would be good, like you really cant go wrong with an American Strat or the jap alts.

Bacchus strat:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Bacchus-Japan-ST-62-Birdseye-maple-San-burst-expensive_W0QQitemZ230255244511QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116

Other bacchus Models
http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkwZbacchusQ20guitarQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZR40QQ_mdoZ

etc.

I personally go for bacchus. Amazing quality guitars and they give fender a run.
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Quote by danyellenik

I was going to sell my MIM and get an MIA, but I'm thinking for the same price as an MIA I could get a better strat because it doesn't say fender.



For that price-$1200 roughly- there is no Strat better than an MIA

Carvin will work but if you're looking to spend the same price as an MIA, get an MIA. The MIMs are replaceable by other similar strats that dont say Fender, but when an MIA says Fender, its the real deal
#11
Blade Guitars

I tried these out at my local shop last weekend and I thought they were pretty nice. They were selling for about $1000 CDN, and they've got some nifty little features like a boost switch and the truss rod is supposedly easier to adjust. I'd look into getting one a little more if I wasn't in the middle of a project guitar right now.

That being said, I love my American Standard.
#12
Quote by Slaveaway

Thats an interesting take on buying guitars........ The thing is an American strat is a great guitar....... i mean i dont think I would beneift from having a better guitar than a american strat.... infact are there ANY strat copys that are better than the american strat?

are there ANY guitars better than an american strat???


At the price point if you want a strat an MIA Standard is the best "Strat" you can buy.

However, if money is no object I'd opt for a Suhr classic-bodied model or a Tom Anderson Pro Am.
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My local music store has a few G&L guitars that are absolute sex. No strats, but a couple telecasters-one solidbody, one semihollow and a Will Ray signature tele, as well as a G&L bass. Apparently the company was started by Leo Fender after he sold Fender, and the guitars at my local store are better than a lot of fenders I've played. Granted, I haven't played an Eric Johnson signature strat, but G&L guitars are amazing for the price.
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Quote by worton
who is 'EG'

electric guitar forum lol

Well thanks for the suggestions, I've found a couple brands I've never heard of and thanks to whoever posted the blade guitars!

I've tried a blade tele a couple months back and it was amazing, but I couldn't remember the name of the company.
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#18
What about buying an early 1980s Smith Strat I? They are routinely on eBay for about $800-1200 depending on quality and condition. In fact, occasionally you can even find a 1979-80 Strat in natural finish for about that price. Maybe a more vintage guitar would be a better choice?
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Quote by jcoley2
What about buying an early 1980s Smith Strat I? They are routinely on eBay for about $800-1200 depending on quality and condition. In fact, occasionally you can even find a 1979-80 Strat in natural finish for about that price. Maybe a more vintage guitar would be a better choice?

a 1979 strat for around $1000? That would be nice

I'll have to keep my eyes open and check around

What's a smith strat? *googles*
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#20
Do they really count as copies, seeing as leo fender makes them?
#21
Quote by danyellenik
ouch, 1400 euros

That's $2300 cnd, which is slightly over my budget

Really?
I thought they'd be cheaper.
I dunno, if that's the case then they probably don't have one at your price point, but give the Blue Label Coronas a try just in case they have what you're after despite their origins.
#23
Quote by danyellenik
a 1979 strat for around $1000? That would be nice

I'll have to keep my eyes open and check around

What's a smith strat? *googles*


Smith Strat refers to those Strats that were produced starting in 1981 when Dan Smith returned. Do not get confused with the two-knob Smith Strat IIs that starting coming out in 1983--those are generally thought to be inferior to the I's.
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#26
Quote by danyellenik
Hey EG forum, I'm looking into getting a good strat, to replace my fender MIM one.

I'm thinking I want something like a G & L, not an american fender. I'm thinking I can get a better guitar for the same price because it doesn't say fender on the headstock.

What other GOOD strat copy's are there besides G & L?

I'm looking to spend around as much as an american strat, so around the $1200 dollar mark.

Any suggestions on which guitar would fit?



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#27
Go with G&L, you can't go wrong it's everything that a fender is and then its improved upon, after Leo Fender sold Fender to CBS he started G&L and improved everything. Trust me, G&L is your best bet here. I say go with the comanche.
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#28
http://jchluthier.com

I bought a neck from this guy and it's amazing. He'll do anything you want pretty much.
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#29
MIJ tokai and other japanese copies. just be careful it's not a fake, or a low-end model described as high-end.

g&l would probably be worth a look too, yeah.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Quote by magic_pixie
Blade Guitars

I tried these out at my local shop last weekend and I thought they were pretty nice. They were selling for about $1000 CDN, and they've got some nifty little features like a boost switch and the truss rod is supposedly easier to adjust. I'd look into getting one a little more if I wasn't in the middle of a project guitar right now.

That being said, I love my American Standard.



my store has some blade guitars also. THey look very nice, but I never played them.
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Quote by Tedward
my store has some blade guitars also. THey look very nice, but I never played them.

A local store here caries blad,e i'll check them out. I also dropped some guy a PM about a 92 G&L strat
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#32
oh yeah, try some blades. the really high-end ones are japanese, i think, but they have cheaper ones made in korea, and maybe china too. but even those ones were pretty nice, i thought (i haven't tried any of the MIJ ones).
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#34
I'd go for Carvin or G&L. Both are extremely good guitars. I'd probably take G&L just because they're more on spec with Fender than Carvin.
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