#1
Hey guys, some info first

I own a 1979 Standard stratocaster.

It's a very heavy guitar... it has a solid feel and a funky twangy sound.

I love it, but it's not very hendrix or bluesy... and blues/bluesrock is my favorite guitar style.

Now... I had a friend that owned a Squire Stratocaster... it detuned all the time and was nothing special. But it was very lightweight and it played so easily. The neck was a little thinner than the neck on my Fender and it was just a very easy guitar to play, it fellt loose and playful.

Whenever I played hendrix on it, or improvised over say Red House, I could easily get hendrix type sound out of it, you know what I mean - the slightly out of tune unison bends and firey runs, slides and vibratos. Whereas my 1979 Strat has a more classical sound I think.

My question: if I were to buy a strat like my friend had, but a fender - not squire, what would I be looking at exactly? I'm looking for some advice, suggestions, input.

Thanks alot for reading, and for any advice I might get.
PSN name = Barmanation
Last edited by WantToLearn at Oct 25, 2013,
#2
Why not get new pickups?

You can get a Jimi Hendrix set that will get you really close.

Your guitar weights more because it is made of better wood than your friends Squier.

What amp are you using?
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#3
I think that your Strat can probably do Hendrix fine, a lot better than that Squiet. Is it setup how you like it, with a high action?

If its got a funky, twangy sound that's not classical, that's modern amd perfect to rock Hendroxn with. You may just need some new pickups and a setup.
#4
maybe I didn't explain right... Its just that I can get a hendrix sound much easier with his squire than with my fender. This is ofcourse not a quality issue. He just has a totally different strat than mine.

My guitar is heavier because it has a much thicker body. It just isn't cut as thin as other strats, it's really fat.

The amp doesn't matter in what I mean,

What i'm looking for is a Fender strat built like that squire - light and easy. Or maybe a fat strat?

Can you guys recommend me a good one? I don't know too much about this

thanks for your replies ^
PSN name = Barmanation
#5
just get new pickups
Maybe he uses a different gauge of strings?
Have your guitar set up for new strings/gauge

If you really want a new strat, look at the Classic Vibe or the VM series if you go Squier.
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#6
The amp matters as much as the guitar does, maybe even more so.

You want to sound more like Hendrix so you don't want a 'fat' Strat, humbuckers won't do it for you. I don't I know how you can't get a good Hendrix type tone out of your vintage Strat, it's essentially made for it. Any Fender will do, Squiers (not Squire) are copies of Fenders.

Again, have you had it set up to play easily? Maybe look at some Fender Custom Shop 68 pickups, I use them and they sound great, but of course for that Red House tone you need the fuzz.

Its not your guitar, you don't need a new one for that, what amp are you using?
#7
Yeah I think quality is actually an issue. Your friend's Squier is a much cheaper guitar. Take your guitar to a shop that does quality set ups. Have it set properly, get some new pick ups. Tell the shop exactly what you're looking for. That is probably the easiest way to do it, not the cheapest but certainly the easiest.

Here's a good article from Gibson (ironically) about how to get his tone:

http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/getthattoneareyouexp.aspx
#8
Sounds to me that you just find your friends guitar easier to play. To be honest I find a lot of Fender necks uncomfortable and had to pay a few before I bought mine. There are 3 main profiles for strat necks and it sounds like you don't like yours.
Tone wise most strats should get pretty close to Jimi's sound but you do know most of it would be from a cranked up Marshall.
#9
Guitars of the same make and model are not equal. You could buy a squire and detune like your mates and it may sound worse or even better than his, there are no solid rules. Some guitars of the same make and model just feel and sound better than others. The best way is get the shop and fine a goodun!