NGD - my first Fender Strat

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  1. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    A couple months ago, I rebuilt a buddys battered mid 90s Squier Strat - replaced everything except the nut, trem claw, and pickguard, spending only $65 - I had challenged myself to rebuild it for $50, but I couldn't quite make that number. I never loved Strats, but this one I couldn't put down. Kept it for about 3 weeks for "testing", lol. Decided I needed a Strat, so before returning it, I bought this:

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    Sadly, the junk shop Strat I rebuilt played and sounded better than a brand new one, so I was very disappointed. I was going to return it, but I kept it around because it's certainly a looker, IMO. Gradually, I figured out how to make it sing, made a simple pickup height adjustment, and learned to dial it in. Over the last couple weeks, unexpectedly it became pretty much the only guitar I played. Yesterday, just a couple days short of the return window I peeled off the plastic from the pickguard and made it official. I'll probably upgrade the pickups over time and change the wiring back to the traditional wiring that I prefer, but I think it will be a member of the family for a good long time.
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice, congrats.
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    What model is it? Made in where and what pickups?
     
  4. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    It's a Player series MIM - stock pups currently. Fit and finish is good, fret ends are finished nicely - far better than the Player Tele and Lead III that I currently own were when new.

    I prefer the 2 point trem, the smaller headstock, and the truss rod adjustment on top so it was either the Player or the Professional, and this color was only available in the Player - plus it is less than half the price. I'll probably start researching upgrades to the pups in a few months.
     
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    Nice. Diggin' the color.
     
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    South Park Well-Known Member

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    Good deal that is what most guitars need is to be set up right . You should check out a set of fender Tex mex pick ups
     
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    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Those are exactly what I'm considering. Reasonable price - I'm going to find some A/B comparisons with the stock Player pups.
     
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    South Park Well-Known Member

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    I have a set in my strat sound great . One of the best pick up for the price
     
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    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    congrats! I love the color!
     
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    Yep, Surf Green with maple 'board :cheers:
     
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  11. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Congrats.

    When you were upgrading, did you add springs to the trem cavity if you changed the string gauge?

    Did you need to dress the frets or adjust the bridge; saddles; string height or neck angle?

    I know when I did my prefered changes on my MIM Strat, the guitar became more of my own.
     
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    dro Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the world of Strat upgrading. Love the Sea Foam Green. I guess for Fender to make them sound good out of the gate. Would cost too much.
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  13. PaulHikeS2

    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    So far just changed the string tree for the American one, as the stock one was screwed down against the headstock without a spacer. The relief was good, just made a minor tweak to the intonation. When I get a new guitar, I leave it stock for a period of time, not even changing the strings. When I do the first string change, I address everything. This one just needs the frets polished as they are a bit scratchy, but I will probably change the nut as well. Even the fret ends are smooth. When I upgrade the pups, I will also change the knobs and switch tip to white which think will look better than the current aged white/parchment.

    I will be keeping 9s on it, and I like the bridge angle, so no need to adjust the claw or springs. I hear you about making the little changes to make it your own. On my Player Tele (butterscotch/blackguard), once I shaped and installed a bone nut, polished and dressed the frets, installed a vintage string tree, and put in compensated brass saddles, it became MINE.
     
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    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks - I like the pups in that one - I'll bet they sound awesome. I'll be keeping singles in mine when I upgrade as I want the traditional Strat sound.
     
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    I did the personnal stuff to the Fender MIM Vintera Strat.

    I'm going to play the Strat and leave it in the environment to have it adjust to it's new surroundings.

    It's probably going to go through some changes.............then adjust again.
     
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    Yeah, they sound great. Close to a Les Paul. I can switch from Les Paul To this Strat without having the change patches and settings. Was always a downer for me. When I would plug in a Strat and all of a sudden my rig sounded like shit.
    Will have a different tone and feel. But still sounds great.
     
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    Yep, I too wanted a Strat but ended up looking elsewhere than Fender. Some like them very much but I never dug them. The 2 best Strats I found were Suhr and Schecter, both need nothing. I ended up with the Schecter but only because I got one for $1000 (demo) I really like the color, I'd love to see one with a rosewood board. Why don't you like the pup's? I heard Fender came up with noise cancelling ones that sound good. The pup's in my Schecter are very good, just a little hotter than some but they want big $ for a set of them.
     
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    PaulHikeS2 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The stock pups sound "fine". They initially sounded a bit dull and flat - raising the height helped. I'm looking for something a bit more glassy and more bite from the bridge. I won't change them right away - I'll keep trying to dial in my rig to get the sound I'm looking for.
     
  19. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Congratulations on your new axe brother, love the color.
    They are surprisingly good instruments with a few tweaks.
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    I'd stick with the aged white parts. Fits this green so much better the way it is. It really looks sharp!
     
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