How many strats before you give up?

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Hick81Hick81 Frets: 47
edited May 18 in Guitar
I decided to log all the guitars I’ve ever owned since I started playing in 1996, roughly what they cost and what I sold them for. This was to make a point to my wife that guitars are a sound financial investments akin to long term ISA’s or London property.

£500 down over 22 years excluding the guitars I still own. 

In total 
3 LPs
3 Teles
2 335’s
5 Acoustics 
1 gretsch cg
1 vintage epi
and 10 strats 

When do I give up on trying to find a Strat I’ll keep for for than a year? 

Ive has JVs, AVRI, Nash, partscaster etc but never fall in love 
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  • paulphoenixpaulphoenix Frets: 50
    ..didn't go well then.
    A minor is ACE 
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 354
    edited May 18
    Have you made 3%p/a, after inflation, on any of your guitars?
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  • Hick81Hick81 Frets: 47
    It only posted half of the message, let me try and finish 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30310
    edited May 18
    I think I've only owned four Fender Strats... a '77, two USA Standards, and a Highway One. (Edit: and a JV Squier, which should also count.) I now have another one of what I started out with in the first place, an Aria RS, which is not quite a Strat but which I prefer, so I won't be buying another Strat.

    Overall I have very rarely lost money on a guitar, because I almost never buy new and I try not to pay too much even second hand. The only one I can think of that I lost a lot on was my PRS Standard, which I bought new (even though discounted) and sold at quite a loss, but it had been my main working guitar for about seven years so I think I had my money's worth.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 5266
    you know when you stand all night at the fruit machine in the pub... or takeaway, or motorway service area... cross channel ferry... Do you do it just for the 3%pa ??
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  • CountryDaveCountryDave Frets: 98

    I have the same problem with strats.  Must have been through a dozen over the years.  I like the in between sounds (position 2&4) and the neck.  The thing that I can never get right is the bridge pickup.  I've tried replacement pickups, over wound, really over wound, humbucking single coil sized and full buckers.  Of all I found humbuckers the most to my taste, but could never get that punch I was looking for.  Tried blocking off the trem which improved things a little, but still fell short.

    Decided to approach it from a different direction and went with the Nashville style telecaster with a super switch.  Gives me all three telecaster sounds I like with the 2&4 replicating strat sounds.  The twisted telecaster neck pickup made a difference too.

    This has me happier than anything else.


    The biggest frustration was when I had a Road Worn strat that had a gorgeous neck.  I played that guitar unplugged on the couch for many an hour.  Every time I plugged it in I got the three sounds I like, plus frustration. 

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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 6915

      Every time I plugged it in I got the three sounds I like, plus frustration. 

    A strat was only ever designed to give three sounds... ;-)

    I've owned loads of Strats too - and been around every house and ended up (almost) where I started with a Jap Squier.

    Although I've now learnt that certain pickups suit me more than others - and that Fender really don't make them.
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2494
    I stopped at Strat number three.  That's when the penny dropped.
    You might as well give me a trombone.

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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 17223
    I've played the same Strat for the last 6 years, except it was made by Tom Anderson and not Fender.
    I am the juice of four limes.
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  • Fishboy7Fishboy7 Frets: 75
    edited May 18
    I'm really impatient so tend to buy high and sell low.

    I would absolutely not want to know how much I've lost over the years.......
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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 3972
    I've had 4 strats, and that's the point that I gave up.

    Again. 

    It's possible I might be tempted again one day, but I'll be disappointed again I'm sure. Just can't like them. 

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 12414
    octatonic said:
    I've played the same Strat for the last 6 years
    Arms not aching yet?
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  • amarok1971amarok1971 Frets: 275
    1 for me, i've been spoiled with prsus's  ;)
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1413
    Since I got my Angry Angus Strat I’ve stopped looking :)
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1698
    Hick81 said:
    It only posted half of the message, let me try and finish 

    OK...

    http://hiphople.com/files/attach/images/965/592/374/001/de308b98bf505bcf5417430e6498c350.jpg

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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 724
    Best thing I ever did to my Strats was fit a blend for the bridge and neck pickups and then just one decent tone pot. That made it all the more usable. I know others that have had success with fitting tele style base plates to the bridge pickup like these  (scroll down)  http://www.radioshoppickups.com/accessories/
    Took me a good 30 plus Strats to get to that conclusion. 
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  • dazzajldazzajl Frets: 128
    My old beater cheap as chips Mexi Strat is hands down my favourite guitar to play. I also really want to have the same love with a LP and there’s always a beautiful honeymoon period when I get one but ultimately, it’s just a fling. 

    Perhaps if one side really speaks to you, the other side never will??
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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 377
    I tried one strat and found that it was a great guitar but not my thing.  I was a Les Paul player for a lot of years, now I'm a confirmed tele player,  although acoustics are creeping back into my life in a big way lately.

    Whoever called it "rush hour" should not be allowed to name anything else.

    Dulcet Jones Creepy Music Blog http://dulcetjones.blogspot.com/

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  • welshboyowelshboyo Frets: 906
    I have had umpteen Strats over the years from CS mega bucks models through to cheapo Squiers.

    The one guitar that has seen them all off is an '82 JV...


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  • FreebirdFreebird Frets: 667
    It sounds like you are in dire straits.
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 5124
    I've lost shit loads of cash on guitars over years, I cannot lie. Strats though are the best - I could live with just a Start and be happy if I had to.
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  • robinbowesrobinbowes Frets: 1641
    I've had two Strats. I still have both. In fact, I nearly have three. Let me explain...

    #1 was a MIJ '57 Fotoflame. I say "was" because I have replaced everything on it, except the neck. Literally *everything* - body, hardware, pickups, everything. It has Kinman Impersonator pickups with the Kinman K7 switching system, which makes it quite versatile. It's my "comfy slippers" guitar. I'm currently playing my semis (Yamaha SA2000/2200) and my Telecaster a lot these days, but it always feels like coming home when I pick up the Strat. 

    #2 is a "project". It's a MIJ reverse headstock model, with a Floyd Rose trem. I have been trying to build it out with a Ghost pickup system and MIDI, etc. for years. I just never make time. I have all the bits, I just need to assemble it.

    #3 is all the left over bits from the Fotoflame - if I get another neck I can put it back together! :)

    R.
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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1468
    So far, 4 Strats and 4 Teles of which only 2 Strats remain.  A Highway One and an American Special, both of which I love but one must go soon.
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 234
    dindude said:
    I've lost shit loads of cash on guitars over years, I cannot lie. Strats though are the best - I could live with just a Start and be happy if I had to.
    That'd be a good Start. Sorry, Strat. 
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4172
    Hick81 said:
    I decided to log all the guitars I’ve ever owned since I started playing in 1996, roughly what they cost and what I sold them for. This was to make a point to my wife that guitars are a sound financial investments akin to long term ISA’s or London property.

    £500 down over 22 years excluding the guitars I still own. 

    If I had a wife I think I'd have extreme difficulty persuading her guitars are a sound investment.

    The list of my guitar sales and purchases since 1982 more closely resembles the collapse of the Weimar republic...


    Strats, I've had lots, working up through Squiers and MIJs and MIMs and American Standards and AVRI... when I got to Custom Shop they've turned out to be keepers.

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  • StuartMac290StuartMac290 Frets: 500
    I think I've had around 12-15 strats over the years, but only have one left now. By far the best was a beautiful Olympic White CS Dealer Select model I got from Coda and sold here a few months ago.

    Part of the problem is I've literally never used the bridge pickup on a strat if there's been a decent Tele around. I'm also not a huge fan of the clucky in-between sounds. Don't use whammys other than the occasional Bigsby either.

    A Tele with a strat neck pickup would be far more my preference. I much prefer the way teles hang too.
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1698
    @StuartMac290 I think you and @Strat54 are describing the same phenomenon, which I recognise from Jerry Donahue interviews, and which led to his Fender signature series Strat having a bridge pickup built like @Strat54's. I think his later signature guitars with other companies had similar set-ups, too.
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  • OctafishOctafish Frets: 898
    I've been a Strat player since I started playing 28 years ago. I started on a Squier Strat and went through a few other Squiers and MIM, but kept going to back to my first Squier as it seemed to have 'it' soundwise. The only issue with it being the neck's a little on the thin side and started to give me cramps when playing long sets.

    Nowadays my main Strat is a Japanese 58. I bought it new a few years ago after trying it out in a shop on the spur of the moment and finding it had one of the best feeling/sized necks I've ever played. I've changed the pickups for some Seymour Duncans I already had and I don't find it lacking in anything or me gassing for something 'better' :o so it must be good. I've also picked up a Japanese 68 which is also pretty darn good, if not quiite my number 1.

    One last Strat I'd like is a Candy Apple Red one for nothing else than I'd like one in Candy Apple Red...
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  • StuartMac290StuartMac290 Frets: 500
    DLM said:
    @StuartMac290 I think you and @Strat54 are describing the same phenomenon, which I recognise from Jerry Donahue interviews, and which led to his Fender signature series Strat having a bridge pickup built like @Strat54's. I think his later signature guitars with other companies had similar set-ups, too.
    Indeed. He also moved the bridge pickup further away from the bridge on his Hellecaster strat
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2165
    I like the idea of Stratocasters but never got on with them. There are three things wrong with them:
    The bridge pickup is weedy and way too spiky
    The middle pickup is in the wrong place for the way I play
    They feel delicate (to me), yes I know they're really quite hard to smash up, but that's how they feel to me)

    Some of my favourite guitarists are Strat players. I LOVE the sound Jeff Healey gets and I am a massive fan of SRV and Gary Moore (when he plays Strats) but to me they're wrong. I'm still not sure I won't get another one though. I've had three so far.

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