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FriskyDingoFriskyDingo Frets: 8
edited March 14 in Guitar
1) up to a £1000, could swing a couple more £ (case optional)
 2) s/s/s pick up configuration 
3) not red (my tele’s that colour and I like variety)

Can an be any brand of guitar, not just fender, year made, far less than the top of my budget, used, whatever. 

UPDATE: I purchased a Chapman ML1 pro traditional. Its was b-stock, so a steal. Tough choice between this and a 2008 Fender American Strat (used). Just needs some fresh strings (10's for me) Thanks everyone for your advice and help



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  • If you're into 60's necks and rosewood I'd strongly recommend a Fender 62 AVRI Strat. I have an early 90's one and after a set up and a refret it's one of the best playing guitars I've owned. I think I paid about £700 for mine with shit up frets so I'd say anything under £900 is reasonable for one in good nick. Mine gave my custom shop a run for it's money and I ended up keeping it out of the two
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  • wwwwww Frets: 8
    Tokai TST50 or G&L Legacy
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  • thegummythegummy Frets: 748
    Fender Jimmie Vaughan
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  • AuldReekieAuldReekie Frets: 153
    Get an early Levinson Blade - R2 or R4 - great strats and within your price range, but you might need to be patient as the RH series (H/S/S) is more common.  It will be worth the wait!
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 16200
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • John A s/s/s config wanted. 
    Horse - that s-500 is nice may need frets worked on
    Www - I have a tokai bass and it’s great, never played the 50, is it common to find?
    thegummy - signature guitars, although nice, put a lot of expectation on the player and I’m no where near jv in talent
    Auldreekie - il keep an eye out, what makes them “great” in your opinion? I’ve never played one
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  • FrizerFrizer Frets: 31
    Get the Ed O'Brien one.
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  • If you're into 60's necks and rosewood I'd strongly recommend a Fender 62 AVRI Strat. I have an early 90's one and after a set up and a refret it's one of the best playing guitars I've owned. I think I paid about £700 for mine with shit up frets so I'd say anything under £900 is reasonable for one in good nick. Mine gave my custom shop a run for it's money and I ended up keeping it out of the two
    I’m easy with neck wood, my Godin was rosewood and tele is maple, my playing the same. Is the 60’s neck that much difference in size? I have an ltd ec-1000 and a 2012 tele at the moment
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  • Fretwired said:
    I did play one in pmt Bristol and the neck + middle pup sounded great, the bridge was a little weak in level, but that may have been the set up
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  • If you're into 60's necks and rosewood I'd strongly recommend a Fender 62 AVRI Strat. I have an early 90's one and after a set up and a refret it's one of the best playing guitars I've owned. I think I paid about £700 for mine with shit up frets so I'd say anything under £900 is reasonable for one in good nick. Mine gave my custom shop a run for it's money and I ended up keeping it out of the two
    I’m easy with neck wood, my Godin was rosewood and tele is maple, my playing the same. Is the 60’s neck that much difference in size? I have an ltd ec-1000 and a 2012 tele at the moment
    The neck is a fairly standard 60's strat profile so a sort of thin-ish C, I personally find it super comfortable. Hard to say if you'll like it without playing one though. They do come stock with vintage style frets though which is something to bare in mind, not everyones cup of tea. From what I can gather the radius' and profiles seem to vary over the years too so it's definitely something to try out first. 
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  • thegummythegummy Frets: 748
    edited February 14
    John A s/s/s config wanted. 
    Horse - that s-500 is nice may need frets worked on
    Www - I have a tokai bass and it’s great, never played the 50, is it common to find?
    thegummy - signature guitars, although nice, put a lot of expectation on the player and I’m no where near jv in talent
    Auldreekie - il keep an eye out, what makes them “great” in your opinion? I’ve never played one
    Really? Surprised you'd see it like that.

    To me they're nothing more than a model name. I don't even know who half the people with signature guitars are.

    People sometimes mention Les Paul in a tongue-in-cheek manner when talking about signature guitars but to me a Jimmie Vaughan Strat, for example, is no more actually relative to Jimmie Vaughan the person than a Les Paul is to the player that guitar gets its name from.
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  • thegummy said:
    John A s/s/s config wanted. 
    Horse - that s-500 is nice may need frets worked on
    Www - I have a tokai bass and it’s great, never played the 50, is it common to find?
    thegummy - signature guitars, although nice, put a lot of expectation on the player and I’m no where near jv in talent
    Auldreekie - il keep an eye out, what makes them “great” in your opinion? I’ve never played one
    Really? Surprised you'd see it like that.

    To me they're nothing more than a model name. I don't even know who half the people with signature guitars are.

    People sometimes mention Les Paul in a tongue-in-cheek manner when talking about signature guitars but to me a Jimmie Vaughan Strat, for example, is no more actually relative to Jimmie Vaughan the person than a Les Paul is to the player that guitar gets its name from.
    I see les Paul more synonymous with the model of the guitar, rather than the guitarists signature. That’s just my own hang up that I can’t get past. It’s like when people say they didn’t have a connection with a guitar, or fall in love with it, that’s how I feel with signature models. I admit it’s not rational!
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  • If you're into 60's necks and rosewood I'd strongly recommend a Fender 62 AVRI Strat. I have an early 90's one and after a set up and a refret it's one of the best playing guitars I've owned. I think I paid about £700 for mine with shit up frets so I'd say anything under £900 is reasonable for one in good nick. Mine gave my custom shop a run for it's money and I ended up keeping it out of the two
    I’m easy with neck wood, my Godin was rosewood and tele is maple, my playing the same. Is the 60’s neck that much difference in size? I have an ltd ec-1000 and a 2012 tele at the moment
    The neck is a fairly standard 60's strat profile so a sort of thin-ish C, I personally find it super comfortable. Hard to say if you'll like it without playing one though. They do come stock with vintage style frets though which is something to bare in mind, not everyones cup of tea. From what I can gather the radius' and profiles seem to vary over the years too so it's definitely something to try out first. 
    Vintage style frets do make me cautious but il still seek one out, thanks
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  • AuldReekieAuldReekie Frets: 153

    Auldreekie - il keep an eye out, what makes them “great” (Levinson Blade) in your opinion? I’ve never played one
    Levinson Blades  - the R2 and R4 models I recommended were only made briefly late 80's/early 90s and the build quality is superb.  They are strats with several modifications including an onboard active control (the VSC) which allows you to choose between 3 settings (a)passive setting (the p/ups themselves are not active) (b) mid boost and (c) bass/treble boost.  In the active modes you can select the level of treble, bass and mid by three small screws on the rear plate of the body.  I have no doubt that newer Blades are off equal quality, its just that I have nver played any as my 4 Blades are all older models.  
    They get more play than my 5 US core PRS, so that gives you an idea of their quality.
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  • I hear a lot of good things about the Classic Player 60s. Comes in the best Strat colour — Sonic Blue — 2-point trem, modern radius, amazing CS69 pickups, and well under a grand. I would have bought one already but I made my own lightweight copy instead. 
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  • NeilNeil Frets: 2249
    First decide what type of neck suits you and go from there.

    Radius? Fret size? Maple or rosewood?

    There are a bewildering amount of Strats available so if you can break it down a bit you will have a better idea of what to go looking for.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13113
    I'd go G&L Legacy. The tremolo in particular is excellent. Abs I'm not even trying to sell one.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • horsehorse Frets: 517

    Horse - that s-500 is nice may need frets worked on
    I'd say the fret ware looks worse than it is, and never felt the need to get them looked at, but YMMV. I don't know if @geepers0677 would be able to comment if he's around, as he had it on loan for a while.

    TBH if you wanted a modern style strat and don't mind the weight (and the ding), then even after a fretdress it is pretty good value
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  • +1 on the G&L trem being fantastic, and the Legacy generally being a great modern-but-not-pointy Strat.

    But also @Neil is spot on. You need to make some decisions - frets, neck size, fretboard material, fretboard radius, 6- or 2-point trem at the very least. 

    It may be that you don't care, or don't know, in which case your best bet is to get yourself to a shop and try a bunch of stuff. 
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  • Neil said:
    First decide what type of neck suits you and go from there.

    Radius? Fret size? Maple or rosewood?

    There are a bewildering amount of Strats available so if you can break it down a bit you will have a better idea of what to go looking for.
    Medium jumbo or jumbo frets. Maple, ebony, or rosewood I’m happy with either feel, it doesn’t effect tone too much (take cover). A thin U or C shape neck I’ve found comfortable. The 9.5” radius on my tele i have always found suitable, but my ltd has a 13.7” and I’ve adapted to that just fine.
    Hope that helps
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  • I hear a lot of good things about the Classic Player 60s. Comes in the best Strat colour — Sonic Blue — 2-point trem, modern radius, amazing CS69 pickups, and well under a grand. I would have bought one already but I made my own lightweight copy instead. 
    You got any pics of your copy, like to see what you made and is it difficult to build?
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  • +1 on the G&L trem being fantastic, and the Legacy generally being a great modern-but-not-pointy Strat.

    But also @Neil is spot on. You need to make some decisions - frets, neck size, fretboard material, fretboard radius, 6- or 2-point trem at the very least. 

    It may be that you don't care, or don't know, in which case your best bet is to get yourself to a shop and try a bunch of stuff. 
    G&L get a lot of love and at half the price of a fender they seem a steal. I played one for a gig a year or 2 back, as a loan and it done the job nicely.
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1368
    edited February 14
    MIM Fender Robert Cray (Hardtail)

    Great neck and radius.
    Resonant
    Strong Strat sounds in all positions and great pickups
    Really positive feel from the hardtail
    Supposedly, according to forums and reviews, it's one of the best Strats you can buy (I have one and based on what I've played, I'd tend to agree).
    Used, they come in @£400-450. New, they're double that.


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    Feedback - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/57885/
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  • Kebabkid said:
    MIM Fender Robert Cray (Hardtail)

    Great neck and radius.
    Resonant
    Strong Strat sounds in all positions and great pickups
    Really positive feel from the hardtail
    Supposedly, according to forums and reviews, it's one of the best Strats you can buy (I have one and based on what I've played, I'd tend to agree).
    Used, they come in @£400-450. New, they're double that.


    That’s pretty much everything I want, going to find one to play. I have to get over the “no signature models” train of thought I posess. Good shout
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3612
    At that price I'd look used AVRI.

    If you want 9.5" radius and bigger frets, it gets more awkward as most of them have the 2 point trem unless you can afford Custom Shop.  The new American Original series fixes that but it will be hard to find one second hand at the moment.  Although there will always be the odd one who is forced to sell because he brings it home and the wife goes spare.
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  • crunchman said:
    At that price I'd look used AVRI.

    If you want 9.5" radius and bigger frets, it gets more awkward as most of them have the 2 point trem unless you can afford Custom Shop.  The new American Original series fixes that but it will be hard to find one second hand at the moment.  Although there will always be the odd one who is forced to sell because he brings it home and the wife goes spare.
    Haha, luckily my missus is not my wife for another 58 days yet, so I’m having one last splurge. Anyway she got a tattoo, so I can get a guitar, that’s about equivalent, right?
    I can’t afford custom shop, so i’ll Adjust my expectations
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  • SNAKEBITESNAKEBITE Frets: 628

    Another plus one for the Highway 1 series.

    If you can find one you like they are fantastic value for money.

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  • SNAKEBITE said:

    Another plus one for the Highway 1 series.

    If you can find one you like they are fantastic value for money.

    Just found one, is that a good price for it used?
    https://symphonymusicstore.co.uk/index.php?id_product=2855&controller=product&gclid=Cj0KCQiA2Y_UBRCGARIsALglqQ1dsWHJ0KX06K-Rkbv3h4-Jij_NfzlEVDeHjMAlWhK2paW4GTGnJU0aAr_xEALw_wcB
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