#1
Well guys, I'm looking to get a new strat, I have nice guitars for all styles except a strat. I have a PRS Santana SE an Epi LP for humbuckers and a Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Custom as well, but for a strat style guitar, I am using a mid 90's knock off and am looking to upgrade.

Johnny F is one of my favorite guitarists and I am looking to get a frusciante look-a-like because i obviously can't afford a '57 or '62 strat. I've narrowed it down to the Classic Vibe 50's, Classic Vibe 60's and replace the tortoise shell pickguard with a mint one, or a standard MIM sunburst.

What would you guys recommend? Is the Fender name worth the extra $150, or are the CV strats as good as the tele is?
#2
I love the Classic vibe teles. And the strat I played seemed really solid, though i didnt play it long. Id say both the classic vibe and the MIM are safe bets. Id get the CV and with the saved money upgrade the pups
#3
The CV Strats are as good as or better than the Fender is, certainly as good as the Teles. I would go for one if I were you. They actually put decent parts in the CVs because they're the top model, while they cheap out on the basic MIM components (especially the drecky pickups and trem).
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#4
G&L!! really though these are good guitars and generally better built than similar priced fenders. the trem system on them is also very sturdy unlike a strats.
#5
So you guys are saying the CVs are good, which one do I get then? I really dig the look of the vintage tint maple neck, but I don't know the difference between maple and rosewood's effect on tone or maintanence or whatever and John's main strat is a rosewood neck so idk which one to get.
#6
Rosewood will sound a touch darker and warmer, closer to JF's sound. The maple will sound brighter and pingier. Depends on what kind of sound you like. Since you already have a Tele and want to get close to Frusciante's sound I would recommend the rosewood neck, but it's really about the sound you want.
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