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post Jul 14 2009, 11:50 AM
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I'm with Ivan on this one, my MIM was every bit as good as any american standard, they have such huge QC at fender youre not going to get a dog, the cheaper price only reflects the cheaper labour in mexico. They are not a cheap alternative but a brand in their own right, look at the road worn series, the equivalent americans are huge money. Until you get to custom shop models you're not going to notice the difference at all, even the tex mex pups are now going into usa guitars! Its just down to badge snobberym which is a powerful motivator ofc!
Of course if you want a stunningly brilliant guitar then have a look at the jap strats, I tried one the other day and was very impressed, very high quality and they are only going up in value too!
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post Jul 14 2009, 01:37 PM
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All parts on an MIM Fender are manufactured in the US, there is no difference!!! As Sted mentioned the difference in price is due to them being assembled in Mexico! It's the same as saying that MIJ Fenders aren't as good and yet I've NEVER seen or played a bad one, the QC on the MIJ stuff is first rate!
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post Jul 14 2009, 08:48 PM
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ive owned and played many mexicans,


i dont like the bridge, they hurt my hand,


I dont like the shape of the neck, it isnt consistent,


I dont like the pick ups (which can easily be changed yes, but at a price)

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the Parker has a more comfortable neck (to me at least)

The pick ups will be cheaper to change if needed

Comes with a lot of pro features

and its unique looking




ME personally, id go for the parker, but the choice is yours!


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post Jul 14 2009, 09:13 PM
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Well I want to go for the parker, so I think I will, and I will get the strat if the parker doesn't work out. I'd still appreciate anymore advice anyone has on the subject though.

Thanks for all your advice guys. It was really helpful. smile.gif
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post Jul 14 2009, 09:37 PM
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Slap down the cash, Matt and let's hear some tones! It sounds like your mind is made up!


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post Jul 15 2009, 01:01 AM
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QUOTE (Marc_Maiden @ Jul 14 2009, 09:48 PM) *
ive owned and played many mexicans,


i dont like the bridge, they hurt my hand,


I dont like the shape of the neck, it isnt consistent,


I dont like the pick ups (which can easily be changed yes, but at a price)

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the Parker has a more comfortable neck (to me at least)

The pick ups will be cheaper to change if needed

Comes with a lot of pro features

and its unique looking




ME personally, id go for the parker, but the choice is yours!

interesting!

i haven't noticed any difference between american and mexican necks, except the number of frets laugh.gif
there are some v-shaped, c-shaped, d-shaped etc. necks, but it's the same profile for american and mexican.
the reason why i love my strat is actually the neck, it feels just perfect.
you don't have to change pickups on lonestar, those pickups are just great, the best you can get for that money and even more!
i've never heard anyone complaining about the bridge hurting their hand, maybe there was sth wrong with your bridge???

if you want to change the pickups (there's no need) it will cost the same. pro features is a pretty wide term, i don't understand what does it mean. parker is as unique looking as strat, it's just a matter of personal preference. some find it ugly, some find it beautiful.

the point here is: try those guitars, buy them if you like them and play them. neither of those guitars will make you a better/worster player, it's just a tool you need to learn how to use.

i've spent too much time on this topic already, so if you want, listen to my advice, if you don't, that's just fine. since you already have a HSH guitar, a bit edgier sounding, strat would be a perfect choice as something extremely versatile, especially with the HSS pickup configuration.


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post Jul 16 2009, 07:58 AM
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I found an interesting "article" regarding the MIM and MIA standard series on a forum.

Here it is

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post Jul 16 2009, 10:09 AM
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A friend of mine owns an Epiphone Custom just like that one.
I think it's a great guitar, both sound and feel are great smile.gif

I'd go for that one, but it's three very different guitars you've listed so you might like another one better...
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post Jul 16 2009, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE (gibsonmatte @ Jul 16 2009, 08:58 AM) *
I found an interesting "article" regarding the MIM and MIA standard series on a forum.

Here it is

Not saying that it's all true though smile.gif


That was an interesting read smile.gif



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post Jul 16 2009, 10:49 AM
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QUOTE (gibsonmatte @ Jul 16 2009, 07:58 AM) *
I found an interesting "article" regarding the MIM and MIA standard series on a forum.

Here it is

Not saying that it's all true though smile.gif


Yeah, the part that really jumped out at me is that the necks (possibly THE most important part to a guitarist!) are exactly the same specs! huh.gif
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post Jul 16 2009, 11:03 AM
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QUOTE (sted @ Jul 16 2009, 11:49 AM) *
Yeah, the part that really jumped out at me is that the necks (possibly THE most important part to a guitarist!) are exactly the same specs! huh.gif


Totally agree!


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