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Hey guys, been looking at some Strats lately, probably going to get one around Christmas. Question is, which one? I haven't tried any physically yet, but I will soon. I want to get an idea of which to really look into. Here are a few I've been looking at on my own:

Classic Series 50's (In Daphne Blue, of course), I like the looks of this one best.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-50s-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=510136

Classic Player's 60's (In Sonic Blue), I like this one, but I'd prefer a maple fretboard over a rosewood one like this has. Would it be worth it to get the Classic Series 50's and do a pickup change? Would that bring it up to par with the Classic Players 60's?

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Classic-Player-60s-Stratocaster?sku=512767

Deluxe Player's (Sapphire Blue Transparent with Maple Fretboard)

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Deluxe-Players-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=511597

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, going to be playing blues (SRV/John Mayer Trio Type Stuff) and classic rock and hard rock. I currently have a Peavey Valveking 112 running through an Epiphone Valve Junior Cab.
Last edited by GNRjungle87 at Nov 12, 2008,
#2
You really want to try a Strat before you buy it. The differences between a Mexican, American Standard, American Series American Deluxe, Classic '60s, actual '60s, SRV, Eric Johnson, Eric Clapton etc are actually huge. They all have different feels, due to neck profile etc; and tones, due to pickups etc.
#4
Quote by blue_strat
You really want to try a Strat before you buy it. The differences between a Mexican, American Standard, American Series American Deluxe, Classic '60s, actual '60s, SRV, Eric Johnson, Eric Clapton etc are actually huge. They all have different feels, due to neck profile etc; and tones, due to pickups etc.


Yeah, that's sort of what I was thinking to, which is why I'm going to play it before. I've played American Standards, and frankly, I don't like them at all. I prefer the Mexican standard, but I want to go above that, so that's why I picked those 3.
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Yeah, that's sort of what I was thinking to, which is why I'm going to play it before. I've played American Standards, and frankly, I don't like them at all. I prefer the Mexican standard, but I want to go above that, so that's why I picked those 3.


And also the same strat models can sound different.

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Quote by GNRjungle87
Yeah, that's sort of what I was thinking to, which is why I'm going to play it before. I've played American Standards, and frankly, I don't like them at all. I prefer the Mexican standard, but I want to go above that, so that's why I picked those 3.



I have a mexican standard and I think it plays great.
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Quote by GNRjungle87
... Question is, which one? I haven't tried any ...

Classic Series 50's (In Daphne Blue, of course), I like the looks of this one best.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-50s-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=510136

Classic Player's 60's (In Sonic Blue), I like this one, but I'd prefer a maple fretboard over a rosewood one like this has. Would it be worth it to get the Classic Series 50's and do a pickup change? Would that bring it up to par with the Classic Players 60's?

...

Deluxe Player's (Sapphire Blue Transparent with Maple Fretboard)

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Deluxe-Players-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=511597

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, going to be playing blues (SRV/John Mayer Trio Type Stuff) and classic rock and hard rock. I currently have a Peavey Valveking 112 running through an Epiphone Valve Junior Cab.
Get either models with the Maple fretboard since you prefer Maple; however, you'll need to audition both for an hour each, at least, over several days, and through a Peavey VK 112, so you can make a truly informed decision.

You'll be happy with either, guaranteed! Good Luck!

#8
try the 50's strat, you won't be dissapointed!
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#9
I own the Classic Player's 60's strat and I honestly couldn't be happier, short of a custom shop strat.

It's a very classy looking guitar, with its aged pickups and knobs (and slightly tinged pickguard), and plays like a dream, mainly due to the neck being very chunky and glossed on the back.

I get a great John Mayer tone out of it through a peavey Classic 30.

EDIT: Clean tone, that is.

I haven't yet been able to nail the JM3 dirty, but I think it's the amp more than anything....
#10
The other thing about buying a guitar is that they never have the one you saw online. That happened to me when I was getting my Strat American Deluxe. I wanted an Ash but they didn't have it.
The thing that I like about mine is that it has the samarium cobalt noiseless pickups and the F-1 switching which reroutes the pickups so they sound more beefy. Actually I never turn it off, without it the sound is too weak and screechy especially in the bridge position. I had to replace the factory strings too, which were a 10 gage I believe and put on a 13. Now I guess it finally sounds more like a Les Paul , but with the Strat treble. I play it through a Blues Junior.
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Quote by ikravchik
The other thing about buying a guitar is that they never have the one you saw online. That happened to me when I was getting my Strat American Deluxe. I wanted an Ash but they didn't have it.
The thing that I like about mine is that it has the samarium cobalt noiseless pickups and the F-1 switching which reroutes the pickups so they sound more beefy. Actually I never turn it off, without it the sound is too weak and screechy especially in the bridge position. I had to replace the factory strings too, which were a 10 gage I believe and put on a 13. Now I guess it finally sounds more like a Les Paul , but with the Strat treble. I play it through a Blues Junior.


Well, I could always try out one of them in a different color and just order online through MusiciansFriend or Sweetwater, and if there's a problem with it, I could send it back. Hopefully either SamAsh or Guitar Center will have the exact one I want....
#12
Quote by SeeEmilyPlay
I'd say try before you buy! I like to shop around online but try them out in the stores....everyone is different. I like the first one



I have to agree with Emily here 1000% Since not everyone likes the same things the best you could do is go try all three of them before even making a decision. The necks feeling, the sound, EVERYTHING is different between them for more that i look at it hehe.

At least you can try before buy =.= I have to rely on reviews >.<
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