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post Jan 7 2008, 06:36 PM
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Hi all GMC'ers!

I'm about to buy a Fender Stratocaster and I have som questions about them.

First of all since I'll spend a maximum $1200 I think it will be a "Made In Mexico"! (?) Correct me if I'm wrong!

Secondly, there are sooo many different models, and I am very confused about which one to choose.

Standard Strat
Classic 50
Classic 60
Classic 70
Standard Deluxe
etc..

Anyone who can tell me the difference, if there is one?

I play mostly rock&blues if you want to know that. Please give me information and tips if you have any!

Thanks guys! biggrin.gif
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post Jan 7 2008, 06:41 PM
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Theres normally some pickup differences, and some wiring differences to the strats, I`m not 100% on all the differences between the models you`ve listed, although, I`m pretty sure you`ll be able to get a Standard Strat USA model for around that price, check out http://www.thomann.de they have very good prices on guitars.

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post Jan 7 2008, 06:43 PM
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Ok! Tnx

Do they ship to Sweden?

Is there really a big difference from the Mexico built strats, or just the price?
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post Jan 7 2008, 06:46 PM
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QUOTE (peixe @ Jan 7 2008, 05:43 PM) *
Ok! Tnx

Do they ship to Sweden?

Is there really a big difference from the Mexico built strats, or just the price?


I`m pretty sure they ship to everywhere smile.gif

Well a friend of mine has a couple of mexican strats and one USA strat custom he paid around £700 (UK stirling) for it from Thomann, imo, its the quality of the wood and finish that stands out the most, but he has a re issue vintage strat too which is mexican, and in all honesty I prefer it to his USA model to play, ideally I`d suggest going to a shop and trying out several before you spend that kind of cash smile.gif


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post Jan 7 2008, 06:52 PM
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Okay!

I'm sorry, I looked at the currency now.. I wont spend $1200... more like $700-900.

Well since I'm not really a pro or anything, maybe the smartest thing is to go for the mexican one?

Is it really safe to buy a guitar online, I mean, every guitar is different so what if the guitar you buy online is really bad?

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post Jan 7 2008, 07:24 PM
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thomann are pretty good for returns, same friend (buys a lot from them) bought a Behringer amp that they exchanged within a few days when it went wrong.

You cant beat trying a guitar before you buy it tho, your absolutly right, you can play two identical guitars and they will feel "different"

ps. I have a mexican strat myself, a buddy guy sig model, it plays superb!

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post Jan 7 2008, 07:33 PM
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I believe the Fender USA models have schaller locking tuners so they dont go out of tune as easily with large whammy bar usage smile.gif

Theres also minor details to do with finish, generally the USA models will be of a better quality.

I hear things are very expensive in Sweden for purchase but if you look you should be able to find a Fender USA within your budget cool.gif Edit: sorry wasnt paying attention to what you'd said there, for 700$ you'd probably be only able to get a Mexican - still good guitars though smile.gif

If you want to play groovy-bassy rock you might want to consider getting a Mexican Fat Strat for the added strengh and variety a humbucker will supply in the bridge.

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post Jan 7 2008, 07:33 PM
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Okay! Well I have to try some different models.. It will certainly be a Mexican though. Then I think I'll choose between the Standard Strat and the American Strat models(not made in usa). They look the coolest. Anyone who know any difference between those two?

Thanks very much Smells for you help! smile.gif

Sorry Owen, did'nt see you post.. Really? For $7-900?
Yeah things in sweden are really expensive for some reason.

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post Jan 7 2008, 07:35 PM
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QUOTE (peixe @ Jan 7 2008, 06:33 PM) *
Thanks very much Smells for you help! smile.gif


no problem, your welcome,

I`d agree with Owen too here tho, make sure you try out a "fatstrat" too


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post Jan 7 2008, 07:39 PM
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Yeah, they are cool! I'll certainly have a look at a "fatstrat"!
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post Jan 9 2008, 03:07 AM
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For your price range and being in Sweden I would highly recommend trying to find a Japanese 1972 Reissue. These guitars are incredible sounding and possibly the best Fenders to come out of Japan. Many reviewers have said the Japan '72 is actually built better than most Mexican stratocasters and the materials used are comparable to US (schaller tuners etc.)

I may be wrong on some of the details but the guitar is great. Since it comes from Japan it is shipped internationally and you may be able to get it where you live better than any USA strat (which are the best stratocasters BTW).

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post Jan 9 2008, 10:54 AM
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Like said. Try them in a store. Each guitar differs. IMO you can't say a US is better than a mex or vice versa. It differs from guitar to guitar and model to model. I ended up with a mex simply because that was the best one of all the Fenders in the store in my given price range.

The Fender models are a jungle. Material differs, neck shapes differ, frets differ and so on.

If you're not in a hurry look at blocket.se, you might find your guitar there.

If you want to buy a new american Fender in a store in Sweden for $700 you will get a Highway One (if even that) and that's it. I don't know much about Highway One but I guess they are value for the money?


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post Jan 9 2008, 10:05 PM
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get one Made in USA standard


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post Jan 10 2008, 12:41 AM
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Do yourself a major favor and check out these guitars...

G&L I find are far superior to any mexican or USA made Stratocaster...do some research on the company, they are the real deal.
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post Jan 10 2008, 02:39 AM
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jerry cantrell uses G&L right?


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post Jan 10 2008, 02:45 AM
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QUOTE (fatb0t @ Jan 9 2008, 06:41 PM) *
Do yourself a major favor and check out these guitars...

G&L I find are far superior to any mexican or USA made Stratocaster...do some research on the company, they are the real deal.


G&L may be better than a Mexican Stratocaster but saying it's better than a USA strat is a little silly. Especially when you consider USA strats come in varying degrees upgrades and makes and so does G&L. Dollar for dollar G&L fender USA has always been able to produce a better instrument.

And yeah, blindwillie I'd say on the whole a USA stratocaster is better than any Mexican strat. And I have owned several of each. In fact, a Mexican tele was my first real guitar and I loved it but every single USA tele I've seen has better fit, finish quality, tuners, pickups, etc.

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for 1200 dollars u can get the Malmsteen strat, cheapest way to get a usa fender with full scallops n nice dimarzio pickups


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You can get a custom G&L that rivals any custom shop Strat for about 1/2 the price....I did about a full year of research before purchasing my instrument and played a plethora of G&L's and USA Stratocasters.

I decided apon a custom G&L S-500 with a Birdseye maple neck, Graphtech Graphite nut, gold hardware, and pearl pick guard I got it for $1400 USD, if I got a custom shop Fender Stratocaster it would've been double!

G&Ls seem to have a better resale value and higher quality in construction and sound!
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post Jan 11 2008, 08:39 AM
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QUOTE (Hardtail @ Jan 10 2008, 02:45 AM) *
G&L may be better than a Mexican Stratocaster but saying it's better than a USA strat is a little silly. Especially when you consider USA strats come in varying degrees upgrades and makes and so does G&L. Dollar for dollar G&L fender USA has always been able to produce a better instrument.

And yeah, blindwillie I'd say on the whole a USA stratocaster is better than any Mexican strat. And I have owned several of each. In fact, a Mexican tele was my first real guitar and I loved it but every single USA tele I've seen has better fit, finish quality, tuners, pickups, etc.

HArdtail

I partly disagree. And aren't you contradicting yourself now? Sure, a USA strat can be better than a mex. But it doesn't have to be. Especially not when comparing dollar to dollar. The finish and components in my mex couldn't be better. In a Fender for that money.

There was 2 Fender's I liked better, both USA, both 2.5 times the money.

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QUOTE (KloCkWorXx @ Jan 10 2008, 12:47 PM) *
for 1200 dollars u can get the Malmsteen strat, cheapest way to get a usa fender with full scallops n nice dimarzio pickups


+1 If I was going for a Strat in this price range I'd go for this guitar.

But why (out of interest) are you so set on getting a Fender Strat?

Ibanez imo are much better. biggrin.gif
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