#1
what is the difference my friend was so pissed when he got a mexican strat for christmas. does he just have something against mexicans oris there a tone difference as well? which is bettter

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Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#2
Mexican Strats demand that you play in Spanish.
On the bright side, however, they DO float better than MIA Strats.
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#3
they are good for the money. u get better pickups, better hardware, and such with an american made, but most things can be upgraded.
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#4
Its all really value for money. American Strats are the best that goes with out saying. Personally for me though Mexican strats are the best for what you pay for. Their good and their about 400-500 bucks. Well American Strats are better their also $1000 and upwards.
#6
^
1. who said they were.
2. in some cases mex made is better.
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#7
i posted this earlier today.
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And actually, the necks and most of the bodies are the same on both the mexicans and the americans they are just routed differently i.e. all mexican strats being routed HSS and the americans having 2 point trems instead of 6 point. . I think with strats the term "Made" is inaccurate and should be replaced with "Assembled". The only difference is the pickups and electronics. QC is better also. Thats why, when you play mexi strats, you go in and play every single one of them.
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#8
^just because u posted that earlier doesnt make it true.

the necks are the biggest difference, imo.
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#9
^ Mexican strats have gloss necks, what about Americans?
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#10
nut, fretwork and finish, neck feel, fret size, neck size and shape, all different. that's just the neck.


^edit: sorry i missed. sometimes it's polly vs nitro finish.

really depends on which two models we are talking about here.
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#11
Another notable (but basically pointless) difference is the fact the American Strats and Teles (unless vintage series) have 22 fret necks, vs. Mexicans which have 21.

I know MIAs have better quality control but I'd say about half the time I find a MIM in the same store that I prefer to the MIAs. For a while that was almost always a 60th anniversary unit. Those things are wonderful.
#12
I paid $800 for my mexican, and it's really great.
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#13
I heard somewhere that there is a difference and some people prefer Mexican Strats to American ones. I also played about 4-5 different American ones as opposed to my Mexican and mine sounded better by FAR. Except mine has major tuning issues when you use the whammy bar.
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#14
^you should set up ur guitar better.
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#15
I have both, I got the MIM for 330.00 and the highway 1 i got for 499.00 and there is a difference in the 2 of them. I mean man a 330 dollar guitar is a 330 dollar guitar. I will say that the MIM strat at 330 is a pretty good deal compared to others in the price range.
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#16
The MIA Standard is just all round generally better than the MIM Standard, with better hardware everything. It has better fretwork and rolled fingerboard edges. All the MIA's I've used are all better than MIMs, excluding the Classic Player's series - they equal the MIAs, and the Classics equal the HW1s. I've found that all MIMs I've tried are better than the other mainstream guitars in their pricerange though.
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#17
Whenever I was looking for my 60's reissue strat, I sat down at GC and tried the American vs the Mexican. I compared for hours. In the end, the Mexi won. The guitars were identical in just about every way possible. They both felt the same, sounded the same and looked to have the same quality. Since I purchased mine, I had a chance to work on a few American models to compare. I still glad I got the Mexican...everything the American had, but way cheaper.

There is just no way to say outright that every American strat is better than a Mexi or Jap strat. You just have to try them out and see for yourself. But when it comes down to it, the Mexi strats and teles are usually the better deal.
#18
well straight out mex standard vs american standard. yeah, the american is better, but alot of guys forget there are about 12 new models of mexican made guitars inbetween the two in cost, and quality.

there's even an american made highway 1 that's loads cheaper than the american standard.

so, like said, depends on the two guitars compared.
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#19
If you are a novice or semi-novice get a Mexican Strat and don't feel bad about scrathing it compared to a $1,000 USA Strat.

If you are new to guitar playing you are hardly going to notice any sound difference between the two.

An accomplished guitar player is always going to want a guitar that matches his skills and choose the USA Strat over Mexican.
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#20
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I paid $800 for my mexican, and it's really great.


For that price does your Mexican do the yardwork and laundry?
#21
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For that price does your Mexican do the yardwork and laundry?
It's a Classic Player's 60s Strat. Speaking from experience, these are on completely equal footing with the USA Standards, but with different parts.
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#22
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An accomplished guitar player is always going to want a guitar that matches his skills and choose the USA Strat over Mexican.


I disagree to that statement. I've been playing around 12 years and the Mexi '63 reissue was the choice instrument over the same American instrument. They were both the same, the Mexi just had the smaller price tag. The point I'm trying to make here is that the choice isn't always that clear cut. Experienced or not, it is possible to find a high quality Mexi Fender, you don't always have to buy an American to get quality (and even then, I've seen quite a few examples of American models that you just don't want to touch).
#23
Quote by MrCarrot
It's a Classic Player's 60s Strat. Speaking from experience, these are on completely equal footing with the USA Standards, but with different parts.


That's right. And in europe guitars are usually a bit more expensive so 600€ ($823) for my CP60s is not that bad compared to an MIA standard which is 999€ ($1371).
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#24
Quote by Chips-
That's right. And in europe guitars are usually a bit more expensive so 600€ ($823) for my CP60s is not that bad compared to an MIA standard which is 999€ ($1371).
Yeah. Here in the UK it's a no-brainer as to which is the best value for money. The MIA is £650, the CP50s and CP60s are £360, and have equal qualiy and playability to the MIAs I find.
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#26
Sometimes you find a MIM strat that pwns the MIA strats, with the exception of the pickups.

Btw, does anyone know what hardware and pickups came as standard on the 2002/2003 MIM standard strats? I got mine used, it's unbelievable how damn good it is, it NEVER goes out of tune, EVER (i stretched the strings, tuned them up, and it stayed perfect ever since even after some serious trem abuse), it has all fender hardware by the looks of it (each individual tuner and saddle says "Fender" on it lol).. sounds awesomer than any other strats i've played... is this just a freak guitar or has it been upgraded?
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