#1
alright, ive heard that strats can be very unpredictable. $1000+ is alot of cash to spend only to find ive bought a lemon so what should i look for specifically when buying a american strat?
My Gear:

Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster
NOS Tweed Fender Blues Jr
Boss BD-2
Boss CE-5
Boss CS-3
Dunlop Slash Crybaby
Korg DT-10
Boss BR-600
MXR Script Phase 90
MXR DD-7 Analog Delay

GASing for:
Vox V847
#2
1. buy it at a music store after playing it for at least an hour.
2. play THE GUITAR before you buy it.
3. dont buy it online.
4. ????
5. Profit!
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#3
i would say to try and also play it through your amp, or an amp closest to the amp you use
Give me a 60's kind of life
#5
thx for the advice boys! i got a cheap beginers amp right now but im upgrading to a fender blues Jr at xmas if all goes to plan lol, so i can just play through on of those at the store. do you have to play really loud to hear all the tonal qualities?
My Gear:

Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster
NOS Tweed Fender Blues Jr
Boss BD-2
Boss CE-5
Boss CS-3
Dunlop Slash Crybaby
Korg DT-10
Boss BR-600
MXR Script Phase 90
MXR DD-7 Analog Delay

GASing for:
Vox V847
#6
The "Made in America" tag on the headstock.

Quote by hawk5211
But then again, I've never played an MIA strat that i wouldn't buy. They all feel good to me.


I've played a few MIA Strats that I wouldn't buy. They were absolute dogs. Felt like they should have "Stagg" on the headstock.
#7
im really gasing for a MIA strat, and just playing acoustically a friend one felt amazing.
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you used the right form of "their!" i commend you sir!

#8
another thing... ive heard people say never pay sticker price for stuff in a music store, long & mcquades prices r pretty good ( they have em marked at $999.99). i feel like a major dick haggling, so how do i go about it and how low could i possibly get it for?
My Gear:

Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster
NOS Tweed Fender Blues Jr
Boss BD-2
Boss CE-5
Boss CS-3
Dunlop Slash Crybaby
Korg DT-10
Boss BR-600
MXR Script Phase 90
MXR DD-7 Analog Delay

GASing for:
Vox V847
#9
Quote by MOOSE_CCR99
another thing... ive heard people say never pay sticker price for stuff in a music store, long & mcquades prices r pretty good ( they have em marked at $999.99). i feel like a major dick haggling, so how do i go about it and how low could i possibly get it for?


That's what I bought mine for. It's not really worth haggling. But you could just say that you have $____ (say, $850 or something) and want the MIA Strat. With luck it might work, but for an American Strat, it's not that bad. The Standard is good value, I find.
#10
I played a bunch of 2008 American Standards before I bought mine and the majority of them were great. The quality of these new models seem pretty consistent and I havent seem many dealers go much below $999.

You might want to compare the rosewood version with the maple. There are subtile differences in tone and feel. I like the maple but some prefer the rosewood.
#11
rosewood fretboards can be repaired or re-freted easily.

a maple one is extremely expensive to have work done on.

check for defects in color, wood, nut, frets, buzz, etc

have them fully tune it for free.

guitarcenter.com has a 30day return policy. i bought a cheap F S j-bass from them. even though the rosewood had a slight defect - i kept it because it sounded/played so good.
#12
yea im definatly going rosewood, maple feels too sticky for me
My Gear:

Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster
NOS Tweed Fender Blues Jr
Boss BD-2
Boss CE-5
Boss CS-3
Dunlop Slash Crybaby
Korg DT-10
Boss BR-600
MXR Script Phase 90
MXR DD-7 Analog Delay

GASing for:
Vox V847