NGD! Finally bought a Strat...

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hobbiohobbio Frets: 3324
I didn't really get strats, especially MIM ones, until I borrowed one off my mate and fell in love. He grabbed it back a few days ago, so...



It's a new MIM Classic 50's. I tried it against a 1989 USA Standard for about the same money, and although I much preferred the look of the USA guitar this MIM won hands down on sound. I'm going to have to change the pickguard for a 3 ply one at some point soon though, I really don't like the single ply at all. I'm thinking tortie maybe? I'll give the trem a go for a while too, but I'll probably end up decking it.

I'm getting used to it, but so far it's feeling and sounding even better than the one I borrowed. My new number 1 for sure, and it had better be seeing as it is by far the most expensive guitar I've ever bought. I'm still not a massive fan of the general strat look (much prefer Tele and LP), but from a sound and feel perspective I think I'm actually a strat player. Never would have called that until I had the chance to live with one for a few months.


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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 2614
    HNGD, nice Strat. I think there are a lot of good MIM Strats, the problem I tend to find for me from a preference stand point is that the 7.25 Radius is mostly unavoidable as they have to make these period correct (I'm assuming yours is a 7.25 Radius if it's Classic 50's)

    I find the 7.25 Radius a challenge, but that's just a personal thing.

    It looks a beauty that does though.
    Conformity is the new Rebellion.
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  • hobbiohobbio Frets: 3324
    Yep, it's a 7.25" radius and the neck profile is what Fender call a soft v. Completely different to anything else I own. I'm loving it!

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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 5088
    A MIM Classic is all the Strat I think i'll ever need - I'm on my second. The pickups on these are very underrated, no need to upgrade them really. 
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  • Please don't ruin it with a corned beef pickguard
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • hobbiohobbio Frets: 3324
    It blew the 89 USA out of the water for sound, the USA sounded really thin compared to this. I did think about resale value for about 5 seconds before I remembered that I don't ever sell anything guitar shaped :D

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  • hobbiohobbio Frets: 3324
    Please don't ruin it with a corned beef pickguard
    Not your thing, eh? I haven't decided for sure yet, I should have a look on one of those mock-up sites really.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 16302
    Please don't ruin it with a corned beef pickguard
    Real ones look more like chorizo
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 2614
    hobbio said:
    Please don't ruin it with a corned beef pickguard
    Not your thing, eh? I haven't decided for sure yet, I should have a look on one of those mock-up sites really.
    Mint Green Guard would be ideal for that if you are changing it. It really is subtle and marvellous with Pale Blues.
    Conformity is the new Rebellion.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 2136
    Awesome, HNGD :)
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  • thegummythegummy Frets: 1107
    Such a beauty.

    Daphne blue Strat with that combo (white pickguard, maple fretboard) is one of my absolute favourite guitar looks.

    If it wasn't for the radius, that may well have been the Strat I bought.
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  • TeetonetalTeetonetal Frets: 6043
    Please don't ruin it with a corned beef pickguard
    Listen to the man!
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  • RMJRMJ Frets: 979
    Looks fab!  Single ply looks correct for a 50s. But if you do swap it out I may be interested in taking it off your hands!
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  • NeilNeil Frets: 2353
    Lovely.

    My MIM Classic '60's has become my favourite guitar, brilliant value for money.  Quite fancy a '50's version too. 
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  • Lovely! I never got Strats either, until I spent a month with an old 1990s Squier, and was surprised to find I loved it. I bought it for the pickups (the seller had dropped the whole pickguard from a Classic Player in there).

    Now, I love the look and the sound. But the feel is the best. So much more comfy than a Tele. 

    As as for the pickguard, mint green. 
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  • jrc2806jrc2806 Frets: 47
    Looks great - I always dismissed MIM fenders in general until I spent some time with a Baja Tele. Has been my no 1. guitar ever since! I have certainly missed out by always lusting after the USA models.....
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  • zepp76zepp76 Frets: 437
    HNGD! I have the exact same guitar and love it, I hope you get many hours of enjoyment out of it.
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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 2136
    HNGD! Looks just the same as my strat. Soft V necks are the Way Forward.
    Self-confessed Blues Lawyer
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 4380
    I used to have one of those about 9 years ago. A great guitar in one of the best colours - but I’m just not a Strat player.

    I swapped it for an equivalent MiM 50’s blonde Tele with someone on Musicradar if my memory serves me correctly.
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  • VoxmanVoxman Frets: 2123
    Strats are the sexiest looking guitars ever made!  There's just something about all those curves and contours with variations and finishes that go from prim and proper to slut!  :3 =) ;)
    I started out with nothing..... but I've still got most of it left (Seasick Steve)
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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 5872

    Congrats,that Classic 50's are great guitars.

    I had a surf green one and I REALLY regret selling it.The neck was brilliant and the 7.25 radius didn't bother me at all.I'd have another in a heartbeat.
    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • hobbiohobbio Frets: 3324
    Yeah, after looking at a mock up mint green is deffo the way to go. I'm loving this guitar for sure! Wish I'd got one years ago.


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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 7536
    Tort guard on that would look vomit imho.
    Leave the corned beef in the tin.
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • RMJRMJ Frets: 979
    Mint and maple isn't a great combo and Cream tends to look better in my limited experience. YMMV
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  • thegummythegummy Frets: 1107
    Voxman said:
    Strats are the sexiest looking guitars ever made! 
    I would agree with that - as great as PRS can look with all the fanciness, there's just something perfect about the Strat. I think the vintage style tuners make it look even better and it's a shame mine aren't like that.
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  • thermionicthermionic Frets: 5088
    RMJ said:
    Mint and maple isn't a great combo and Cream tends to look better in my limited experience. YMMV
    I think mint green needs a rosewood board to set it off. Parchment might work (or cream - anything that’s not bright white).
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  • Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 304
    I love a nice strat but also struggle with the concept of paying super high £££ for a guitar that is basically assembled from parts ... .  vs carved top set necks, arch-tops and acoustics etc.  
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  • thegummythegummy Frets: 1107
    Fishboy7 said:
    I love a nice strat but also struggle with the concept of paying super high £££ for a guitar that is basically assembled from parts ... .  vs carved top set necks, arch-tops and acoustics etc.  
    Just see it as paying for the end product you're getting which is something you want rather than bothering about the theory of it.

    The other day I was talking to my mate about Epiphone LPs and how they have a maple veneer rather than proper cap and he said "a grand extra for an inch of maple?" but I thought that would be like equating a computer processor upgrade to "paying hundreds of pounds for melted sand" - it's the end product you're paying for.

    Of course your example is a lot different but you'd be paying for a guitar you want and getting it, regardless how it was made.
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  • SNAKEBITESNAKEBITE Frets: 678

    I don't think you can improve on the colour scheme of that guitar.

    Rosewood or maple it looks the business.

    All you need now is a leopard skin strap!

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 16302
    impmann said:
    Tort guard on that would look vomit imho.
    Leave the corned beef in the tin.
    Maybe a nice tan or mocha would be a good base colour - corned beef on toast ;)
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4227
    HNGD Man,

    I think it looks awesome as it is. Single ply is the 50's and white looks awesome with that colour. My Tele is a relic but it's that colour with white and nothing else would look right to my eyes.
    I love the tint they put in the laquer on these necks and 7.25" has a charm all of it's own.

    I almost bought the same model about 10 years ago and still half think I should have done.

    Enjoy.
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