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post Nov 2 2008, 08:59 PM
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This is a extremely random topic, but I just want to let the world know that I have fallen in love with Fender Guitars..... I have absolutely no idea why, but I suddenly felt a huge pull towards Fenders.... wub.gif

Also, I noticed that I really don't actually know anything about Fenders.... I know the difference between a Telecaster and a Stratocaster, but that's problaby it. So I was wondering if someone could tell me some basic details between the different types of models (Mexican, American ect.." and such?

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post Nov 2 2008, 09:42 PM
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American strat & tele are made in the US and are loaded with better pickups, bridge, neck etc and are handmade i believe so more expensive. Mexican fenders are the budget models let's just say not as good as the american series but that does not mean that they are bad guitars. I like strats very much aswell but everyone plays a strat or a les paul so i don't play them biggrin.gif

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post Nov 2 2008, 10:02 PM
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Check out this thread, I wrote some of the important characteristics of strat guitars. Hope it helps.


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post Nov 2 2008, 10:25 PM
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I fell in love with Fender yesterday after playing HSS Deluxe Stratocaster which belongs to my brother. Killer axe!


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post Nov 2 2008, 10:35 PM
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Another thing, Fender Japan models are awesome. I've tried a few and they're much better than the mexican models IMO smile.gif
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post Nov 2 2008, 10:37 PM
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You got it Paal, specially to older ones. They have much better wood.


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post Nov 2 2008, 10:41 PM
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A bit off topic but Fender basses are awesome too! I'm still a beginner at bass but I've tried a Marcus Miller sig jazzbass in store (they barely wanted to give it to me rolleyes.gif ), and it really had that thick and bright tone that I love.

Among fender guitars my personal favourite would be lite ash models, with replaced pickups though...

Or the new 2008 David Gilmour strat... (only a LITTLE BIT expensive for my current budget... tongue.gif biggrin.gif )


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post Nov 2 2008, 10:42 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Nov 2 2008, 10:37 PM) *
You got it Paal, specially to older ones. They have much better wood.


That's right Ivan smile.gif
I've tried used Japan models that rivals usa-made Fenders!
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post Nov 2 2008, 11:09 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Nov 2 2008, 10:02 PM) *
Check out this thread, I wrote some of the important characteristics of strat guitars. Hope it helps.


Ivan, thanks for list ... just have a question. Do you know how the Highway series would fitting in your list. Quality, sound, wood selection, etc .. ?

I find them kind of attractive for the price, but never tried one myself ..




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post Nov 2 2008, 11:31 PM
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Thanks for the info, and thanks for that list, Ivan biggrin.gif
Just what I was looking for ^^


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post Nov 3 2008, 12:04 AM
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I also want to try and maybe buy a Fender but first:

BOSS chorus and delay, Fender Deluxe amp ... so I think the fender guitar will wait a year of 2 smile.gif


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post Nov 3 2008, 01:18 AM
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QUOTE (wrk @ Nov 2 2008, 11:09 PM) *
Ivan, thanks for list ... just have a question. Do you know how the Highway series would fitting in your list. Quality, sound, wood selection, etc .. ?

I find them kind of attractive for the price, but never tried one myself ..


No problem mate

Highway one is relatively new product line in Fender guitar family. 3 (beefed up) hi-gain singlecoils, thin finish that will break easily and allow vintage look relatively early, also has different resonance than normal finish, and greasebucket circuit for a bit different tonal shaping. IMO this is the good bang for buck product, they did cut corners on it, you don't get case (you get a gigbag), so I can recommend this one as a backup for gigs or everyday bashing.


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Nov 2 2008, 07:18 PM) *
No problem mate

thin finish that will break easily and allow vintage look relatively early


I did not know that!

I am certainly still no expert Canis...but I can tell you that my strat is a made in Mexico strat and I could not be happier with it. I got lucky and found a very nice sounding Mexican strat. Everyone of them is different. I have played MANY strats in Guitar Center that cost a lot more money than mine would cost new, and lots of the more expensive ones don't sound as good. I never planned on being a strat lover...but I traded a guy an old mountain bike for it...and I play it just as much if not more than my Ibanez! If I am playing blues or just a clean tone, there is no comparison. I'll take my strat everytime!

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post Nov 3 2008, 08:34 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Nov 3 2008, 01:18 AM) *
No problem mate

Highway one is relatively new product line in Fender guitar family. 3 (beefed up) hi-gain singlecoils, thin finish that will break easily and allow vintage look relatively early, also has different resonance than normal finish, and greasebucket circuit for a bit different tonal shaping. IMO this is the good bang for buck product, they did cut corners on it, you don't get case (you get a gigbag), so I can recommend this one as a backup for gigs or everyday bashing.


Thank you Ivan !!
I was reading that they cut some corners to reach this price, but beside that fender does not deliver a case, i couldn't figure out what is actually different on the guitar itself.

The thin nitro finish is in fact the reason why i got interested in the Highway series. It's lesser shiny and feels better ... personal taste i guess.

As it's an US manufactured guitar i would like to know if the quality control on the guitar itself (wood parts, neck, frets) are similar to other US models. If they cut on hardware parts (tuner, tremolo, pickups) wouldn't bother me really as all this is customizable over time.
Does anybody have knowledge about that?


Sorry Canis for highjacking your topic with my questions smile.gif ... we should collect and centralize all the Fender, Gibson, etc. information somewhere.



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post Nov 3 2008, 09:34 AM
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QUOTE (wrk @ Nov 3 2008, 08:34 AM) *
Sorry Canis for highjacking your topic with my questions smile.gif ... we should collect and centralize all the Fender, Gibson, etc. information somewhere.

Hehe, no problem tongue.gif

And that's a good idea. The mods could make a "Official Fender/Gibson/Ibanez Thread" for each of the popular brand, and update the first post with links and information ^^


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post Nov 3 2008, 10:54 AM
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QUOTE (wrk @ Nov 3 2008, 08:34 AM) *
... we should collect and centralize all the Fender, Gibson, etc. information somewhere.


That would be very usefull. I'd certainly make use of it.


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QUOTE (wrk @ Nov 3 2008, 02:34 AM) *
Sorry Canis for highjacking your topic with my questions smile.gif ... we should collect and centralize all the Fender, Gibson, etc. information somewhere.


That is a phenomenal idea!


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post Nov 3 2008, 10:51 PM
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I love strats, the shape of the body is comfortable the string spacing, the neck (most of them). But I like the tone of Mahogany which fender doesn't use, I made a mahogany strat from Warmoth parts that ended up sounding awesome, the one I used in my Hard Rock Shred Solo, I want to make another one but don't know if I'll have the time, it took me over 3 months to give it that finish.


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post Nov 3 2008, 11:09 PM
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The thin finish is cutting corners IMO, also I'm not sure how hotter pickups, different electronics and thin finish can sound like any other strat. It will sound a bit different, but hey it's still a strat.


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post Nov 3 2008, 11:29 PM
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Regarding Strats... I've had a Squier Strat for almost a year now, and it's only after playing my new Schecter that I've noticed that the strings on my Squier is extremely far from the fretboard, and makes it unnessicary harder to play on.. Do anyone know if there is any "Do-it-yourself" way to get them a bit closer, or do I have to take it in to some guitar shop?


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