#1
I want a Fender Stratocaster for all the John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Hendrix, and SRV I play. I am in no hurry to buy so I am going to save a lot, around a $1,000 give a few hundred.

This is going to be a CLEAN sounding strat. Although I like the Stevie Ray Vaughan gritty sound, I want it to sound more like John Mayer, like on the song Gravity.


Here are some specs

-It has to be American made, no Mexican or Japanese
-Fastest neck available - My Sheraton has a painfully slow neck which isn't good for fast blues
-Must have a tremelo system
-Must have three single coils - no more humbuckers for me
-Nitrocellulose finish is a plus, but not required
-Must have good hardware - tuners, bridge, frets

-What is the difference between the playing ability of a maple fretboard compared to a rosewood fretboard. I have found maple fretboards a little faster but I have played very few - I can't make an educated decision

-What (mass-production) strats do the guys mentioned above play?
My Gear:
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Epiphone Sheraton II
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Teese RMC Picture Wah
MXR Carbon Copy
Keeley Modded TS9
Korg Pitchblack
Schecter Omen 6
Dean Performer Acoustic

#2
new american standard strat?

07 Fender American Deluxe Strat
07 Fender Custom Telecaster
09 Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster
09 Fulltone OCD V.4
10 Ibanez WH-10 V.2
09 Splawn SuperStock
10 Jet City JCA-20
97 Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#4
American Deluxe

Model Name American Deluxe Stratocaster®
Model Number 010-1200-(Color #) and 010-1202-(Color #)
Series American Deluxe Series
Colors (700) 3-Color Sunburst,
(720) Amber,
(723) Olympic Pearl,
(764) Montego Black,
(791) Chrome Silver,
(Polyurethane Finish)
Body Select Alder
Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape,
(Satin Polyurethane Finish)
Fingerboard Rosewood (p/n 010-1200) or Maple (p/n 010-1202), 9.5” Radius (241mm)
No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Pickups 3 Samarium Cobalt Noiseless™ Strat® Pickups (Neck/Middle/Bridge)
Controls Master Volume (with S-1™ Switch),
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. No-Load Tone Control (Middle and Bridge Pickups)
Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1™:
S-1 Switch Up:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 2. Bridge Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 3. Bridge/Middle/Neck Pickups with Neck and Bridge Pickups in Parallel and in Series with Middle pickup
Position 4. Neck Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup
Bridge Fender Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Pop in Arm
Machine Heads Fender®/Schaller® Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 3-Ply Mint Green on (700),
4-Ply Brown Shell on (720, 723),
4-Ply Aged White Pearloid on (782),
4-Ply Black Shell on (791),
1-Ply Beveled Gold Vinyl on (764)
Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
Unique Features S-1 Switching,
Aged Plastic Parts,
Abalone Dot Position Inlays,
Highly Detailed Fret and Nut Work
Strings Fender® Super Bullets® 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-3250-003
Accessories Standard Molded Case,
Cable,
Strap,
Straplocks
Case Standard Molded Case


Here is my Amber

Last edited by gagsmedia at Mar 16, 2008,
#5
An American Standard Stratocaster/Delux Stratocaster would suit you best. Both high quality instruments, fantastic tone an great playability.
#6




American Deluxe Ash Strat = The Sex

The quality of the instrument is incredible. The locking tuners keep it in so well I've become so much more confident at gigs. Obviously having an ash body makes it lighter and therefore more suitable for them as well. The neck feels lovely and it sounds really, really nice.
#9
Quote by paul88lx
Don't limit yourself to just Fenders. Look around. There are some very nice non-Fender Strats out there.


care to elaborate? I have played Suhr "strats" and those are easily the nicest guitars I have ever played. $2,000 is too steep though.
My Gear:
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Epiphone Sheraton II
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Teese RMC Picture Wah
MXR Carbon Copy
Keeley Modded TS9
Korg Pitchblack
Schecter Omen 6
Dean Performer Acoustic

#11
Quote by WlCmToTheJungle
care to elaborate? I have played Suhr "strats" and those are easily the nicest guitars I have ever played. $2,000 is too steep though.

G&L makes some really nice stuff.
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#12
Quote by timzee117
new american standard strat?


+1

Cannot go wrong with this, and it has everything you mentioned, TS. Really good choice, and also has good variety of colour schemes and the like. Costed me $1025.
#13
I have heard the new stratocasters aren't nearly as good as the older ones in quality. Is this true?
My Gear:
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Epiphone Sheraton II
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Teese RMC Picture Wah
MXR Carbon Copy
Keeley Modded TS9
Korg Pitchblack
Schecter Omen 6
Dean Performer Acoustic

#14
Sort of... My dad's "vintage" (aka just old) MIJ Strats outplay any of his newer MIA Strats with the same set-up.
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#15
Quote by WlCmToTheJungle
care to elaborate? I have played Suhr "strats" and those are easily the nicest guitars I have ever played. $2,000 is too steep though.



G&L
Levinson Blade(I just put a deposit on another one)
Music Man
Parker
Anderson(= BIG$$$$$$$)

That's just to name a few. My point isn't to dog Fender. I had a very sweet American Standard years ago. It was a nice player. Sounded good too. But once I got my hands on my Levinson, it was bye bye Fender. That's when I realized the name on the headstock didn't mean much. Also, for the money you will be spending for a MIA Strat, you should at least try some different models. Don't pigeon hole yourself immediately.

As for your question about maple vs. rosewood;

Maple sounds brighter than rosewood. It also has a harder feel on the tips of your fingers. Rosewood has a bouncier feel to it. With a mellower tone. To my ears, rosewood creates a more midrange tone. Maple is more trebly.