Stupid Strats... they've finally hooked me.

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Post by The Chad on Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:20 pm

A Strat has found me, although I've never cared for them before.  Made the mistake of buying it and now I love it.  Mad Wink   

1989 (me thinks) MIJ Fender Strat with Kahler Steeler.  Original and in excellent condition except for the pickguard and probably the pickups, which I don't know anything about.  Plays and sounds fantastic.  





So now I like Strats.   Hmmm.  Never thought I'd say that.  Although I've lived just long enough to know to almost never say say "never".  Laughing

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Post by beefy thunder1a on Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:09 pm

congrats on the new toy , gotta love the old 80's mij strats ( i have 2 ) Very Happy  enjoy , cheers
Alan

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Post by The Chad on Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:12 pm

Thanks Alan, you have 2!  I really like this thing.  Only gripe is that I wish it had bigger frets.  Laughing  Maybe I'll do that one day.

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Post by beefy thunder1a on Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:21 pm

hi chad , i have a 1985 57 reissue (very small vintage frets ) i still love it though and a 1989 std ,  i prefer the old mij's to the usa strats , and i've had a few , cheers
Alan

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Post by Barry on Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:44 pm

I like the look of her Chad.
I've never been a big fan of Strats either.
But...every once in awhile, one pops up at the shop and, ya know...it plays kinda nice. What a Face 

Still cannot get along wif the centre pup though! Thrash the heck out of it. Neutral

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Post by G.A.S. man on Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:46 am

Nice Score there Chad Mate...
Must admit to being the same as some people, Love them but can't get away with them normally...

Not one thing in general just after a while they go to other homes an i start again looking for a decent one...Small frets are ok though do like jumbo ones more but if it was a Fender i was after i have no trouble with tele's just the strats... 

Though The Sterling SUB Series Silo i got has me hooked for now...
There's a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker an a Wilkinson WVS trem with 2 posts an bent steel saddles and block that should be coming soon to go on her an make her more what i'm after...

Think Barry an me agree on Music Man are really underrated guitars..

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Post by The Chad on Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:35 am

I know, that center pup is a pain.  I'm keep thrashing the poor thing.  Thought about lowering it, but I use it so that doesn't work.  Razz  Something about that Strat sound, it's somewhat hollow and spongy, love it.  Nothing like a cranked up humbuggy, but it's great in its own way. 

And GAS man, I won't believe that you have a Sterling SUB until you post photos.  Laughing

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Post by Barry on Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:14 am

G.A.S. man wrote:...Think Barry an me agree on Music Man are really underrated guitars..
Yup. Love the Axis line in particular (2 puppers!) but we also have a couple of Silhouette models at the shop which sound fantastic. Gives the Strats a good run for the money. And with one of the best necks and trem bridges ev-er!

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Post by punkyjam67 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:57 am

I've had four Silhouettes over the years & they were all brilliant guitars in their own way (like all Music Man stuff), but none of them were keepers for me.

I had two with Strat-type pickups that I never really got on with (I've had to admit that I just don't like the sound of single coils...), but the two 'humbuckered' ones were beasts! As usual, though (with me, at least...), they still weren't totally right - I was using a lot of trem at the time, but the one with a Floyd Rose had a maple fingerboard which I've always disliked, whereas the one with the nice rosewood board didn't have a trem...

As for Strats - I can't abide the things for some reason! I have a mate who used to lend me his (then) brand new mid-80s US-made Strat as backup guitar for gigs & I used to pray every time I wouldn't break a string...! Wink

I did buy myself a MIM 'Fat Strat' in the '90s (it was less than £100 brand new in a catalogue return shop, so too good to pass up!), which played nicely & sounded very good, but there's just something about them that annoys me, so it lasted a couple of years before it was on its way... Smile

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Post by Meadows on Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:33 pm

Great looking guitar Chad, never had or played a guitar with a Floyd rose trem system yet (what am I missing!!!), so not sure how I would get on with it but an early MIJ strat sounds appealing.

I bought my first strat in 1987 for some shows in Canada, it's a Strat plus with lace sensor gold pickups and has been an excellent all round work horse ever since although these days I prefer a bit more bite from my pups.

I suppose as a creature of habit my Westone choices to date have been the Cutlass classic/prestige/corsairs and most recently the Concord III, all stratish in design, so I guess I must like Strats Smile, although I do love a decent tele neck for pure playability every time.

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Post by Westbone on Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:11 pm

Yup, you have to play a Strat.....Laughing

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Post by corsair on Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:24 pm

G'day, Damian!! Yeah... strats have an 'X' factor, don't they; I've got one as well albeit heavily modded.

How can you play Shadows covers on anything else?!

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Post by Westbone on Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:04 am

Howzit! you all,


Just returned from my travels with a few guitars.

This one I brought with me in my luggage Smile  the rest are being shipped by sea

'64 Stat.





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Post by The Chad on Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:18 am

Oh yeay, nice score!  Where'd you find it?  Is the pickguard original?  "362" is also stamped in my MIJ Strat neck pocket, that's why I ask.  I represents the '62 model strats from Japan.  Are you on Strat-Talk?

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Post by Westbone on Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:26 am

SA Chad. Pickguard is original, that's a ali shield underneath the guard itself.
No not on Strat-Talk. Just here and the Alfa forum is enough for me.Very Happy


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Post by The Chad on Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:28 am

Very cool to find that vintage, great guitar there.  That black and white is very old rock.  Bet that thing has some stories to tell.

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Post by G.A.S. man on Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:03 am

For you Chad mate a picture of my Silo3 .... 
Not as nice as Westbones 64 strat but hey we all can't be that lucky...


since picture was took it has had black knobs an switch tip on...
The double cream jeff beck has came as well as trem just waiting to get 2 pots and a decent 5 way switch to come an she be ready to fly...
more pics as soon as done ......

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Post by The Chad on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:23 am

Great lookers they are, thanks for the pic.  cheers  Can't wait to see it all dolled up!

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