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Lurgen
post Nov 9 2007, 09:28 AM
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I was going to wait a while before posting this, but I can't help myself...

My wife bought me an amazing early Christmas present earlier this week - a 1957 Fender Stratocaster Re-Issue. It's due to arrive any day now (maybe even tonight!) and I'm ridiculously excited for a guy of my age.

Somehow she managed to negotiate a very good price for it, and is having is shipped down from Sydney.

I've played a lot of guitars over the last year, probably more than I really should given my tendency to buy on an impulse but of all the guitars I've played and loved, the V-Neck styled Strats have always fascinated me. They're not the fastest, and the whole re-issue thing means it'll be noisier than my Maton, but the sound...

Here's a couple of pictures for reference, in the exact colour I'm getting (ice blue):





Does anybody else here have a 57 re-issue? I'd love to hear what you think of them.


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post Nov 9 2007, 09:42 AM
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Very nice Lurgen smile.gif .

I first read the post as 'my wife has bought me a 57 Strat...' - missed the Re-issue at first wink.gif and I was going blink.gif blink.gif blink.gif tongue.gif laugh.gif .

Great guitar and I'm sure you'll have hours of fun with it. I've seen the Ice Blue in a shop and it is a cool finish.
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post Nov 9 2007, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Nov 9 2007, 07:42 PM) *
I first read the post as 'my wife has bought me a 57 Strat...

Heh, if only.... Mind you, this is coming with all the bells and whistles - upgraded case, 5 way selector kit, and the tags still hanging off it... in some ways possibly better than an original!


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Looks really nice!


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post Nov 9 2007, 04:59 PM
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Congrats, that is a delightful finish, I really like it. smile.gif


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post Nov 9 2007, 05:11 PM
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post Nov 9 2007, 05:27 PM
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I have a Mexican 50's vintage strat very similar to that one which plays like a dream...therefore im sure that guitar will be awesome! cool.gif


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post Nov 9 2007, 05:41 PM
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Looks like a great guitar, Im not in to that finish, but its very nice though, and remember.

It doesnt matter if its reissued. The guitar is only as noisy as the guitarist makes it!!


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post Nov 9 2007, 07:26 PM
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Congratulations. smile.gif

I had to beg my wife for another guitar. I really like this one you got, really like the vintage body better than the modern ones. Do you think the pickups are much different from the current standard ones? I have a 2004 Standard and they are low output and rather noisy.


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post Nov 9 2007, 07:53 PM
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Well guys (and girls), I'm pleased to say that the guitar arrived this afternoon and I love it.

The pictures capture the colour almost precisely, and it truly is unplayed. I actually doubt it has even been tuned up before arriving here, it is that new. All the protective stickers were still on it (and still are, not taking them off until later this weekend), and every possibly tag, accessory, manual and piece of documentation was included. Boy am I pleased.

I might actually have to put together a proper review of this guitar once I'm more familiar with it. For now, first impressions...

Setup from the factory stunned me. I've played two Strat Deluxes in as-shipped setup and wasn't impressed. They were very mediocre. This thing though, it is setup pretty much perfectly. Action is exactly right, intonation is mostly right but close enough that you can't complain (esp. after being shipped cross-country).

The V Neck is everything I remembered it to be - makes me wonder why the C neck is so popular right now, because this is much more comfortable in my hands.

To answer Gilmore's question, the pickups are quite different to the standard Strat pickups. Or at least, they are very different to my Highway One's pickups, which I think are roughly the same. I was worried it'd be noisy, but it isn't. It's dead quiet. A little more hiss than the Highway One, but a lot less noise from surrounding electrical devices. The pickups alone really amazed me, even more so than the Clapton-edition Strat I messed with last week in the store. The body is pretty close to the modern body shape though, but constructed differently (different wood, different finish, etc). Also, the output power isn't any different to any other Strat (and noticably lower than my Maton).

In fact, in terms of noise it is brilliant. With only a 3-way selector I'm stuck working with only one pickup at a time. On my Highway One (and my shockingly awful SX) that would mean noise. Maybe not a lot of noise, but enough to bug me. This is still silent on a single pickup only.

The real surprise though is the tone. The sheer depth of it. For a single-coil, vintage set of pickups, I'm hearing some serious improvements in tone compared to my other guitars, and I'm a newbie. Seriously, I've been playing for just under a year so if I can hear a substantial difference then I figure there must be something big going on. I played the same song once on the Highway, once on my Maton, and then once on the '57 and I think the '57 blows both of them away. I'm also pleased to say that the sustain on this one is better than expected.

The finish is nice, but I think that if I were the one painting it I'd have gone a shade or two darker. Still, it is extremely nice to look at. The "vintage" effect that is applied to the parts really completes the look however I was disappointed to discover that the pick guard is pristine white. Not vintage looking at all.

Oh, and I found one annoying thing - I can't (easily) identify the build year. Because so few vintage Strats are made (compared to the rest of the range) their serial number isn't easily traced to a year. Mine could theoretically be as early as 2002 based on the copyright date in the manual. I won't know for sure until I take the neck off, which won't be until I have it professionally setup and adjusted (and get the 5-way selector installed).

So all up, I'm a happy camper. This is a keeper.


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post Nov 9 2007, 08:09 PM
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Nice to have it setup you like it out of the box, usually Fenders are badly setup when they arrive. I´m seriously thinking of selling my strat and get one of these baby´s or mabye the Malmsteen strat. I´m not quite happy with my standard. It is ok to play it but it lacks a bit of that extra that you want in a instrument like that.


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post Nov 10 2007, 04:22 PM
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QUOTE (Lurgen @ Nov 9 2007, 01:53 PM) *
Well guys (and girls), I'm pleased to say that the guitar arrived this afternoon and I love it.

The pictures capture the colour almost precisely, and it truly is unplayed. I actually doubt it has even been tuned up before arriving here, it is that new. All the protective stickers were still on it (and still are, not taking them off until later this weekend), and every possibly tag, accessory, manual and piece of documentation was included. Boy am I pleased.

I might actually have to put together a proper review of this guitar once I'm more familiar with it. For now, first impressions...

Setup from the factory stunned me. I've played two Strat Deluxes in as-shipped setup and wasn't impressed. They were very mediocre. This thing though, it is setup pretty much perfectly. Action is exactly right, intonation is mostly right but close enough that you can't complain (esp. after being shipped cross-country).

The V Neck is everything I remembered it to be - makes me wonder why the C neck is so popular right now, because this is much more comfortable in my hands.

To answer Gilmore's question, the pickups are quite different to the standard Strat pickups. Or at least, they are very different to my Highway One's pickups, which I think are roughly the same. I was worried it'd be noisy, but it isn't. It's dead quiet. A little more hiss than the Highway One, but a lot less noise from surrounding electrical devices. The pickups alone really amazed me, even more so than the Clapton-edition Strat I messed with last week in the store. The body is pretty close to the modern body shape though, but constructed differently (different wood, different finish, etc). Also, the output power isn't any different to any other Strat (and noticably lower than my Maton).

In fact, in terms of noise it is brilliant. With only a 3-way selector I'm stuck working with only one pickup at a time. On my Highway One (and my shockingly awful SX) that would mean noise. Maybe not a lot of noise, but enough to bug me. This is still silent on a single pickup only.

The real surprise though is the tone. The sheer depth of it. For a single-coil, vintage set of pickups, I'm hearing some serious improvements in tone compared to my other guitars, and I'm a newbie. Seriously, I've been playing for just under a year so if I can hear a substantial difference then I figure there must be something big going on. I played the same song once on the Highway, once on my Maton, and then once on the '57 and I think the '57 blows both of them away. I'm also pleased to say that the sustain on this one is better than expected.

The finish is nice, but I think that if I were the one painting it I'd have gone a shade or two darker. Still, it is extremely nice to look at. The "vintage" effect that is applied to the parts really completes the look however I was disappointed to discover that the pick guard is pristine white. Not vintage looking at all.

Oh, and I found one annoying thing - I can't (easily) identify the build year. Because so few vintage Strats are made (compared to the rest of the range) their serial number isn't easily traced to a year. Mine could theoretically be as early as 2002 based on the copyright date in the manual. I won't know for sure until I take the neck off, which won't be until I have it professionally setup and adjusted (and get the 5-way selector installed).

So all up, I'm a happy camper. This is a keeper.


Great guitar.

Highway Ones pickups are crap... don't compare this to those... hehe

The hiss means it's working tongue.gif

The pick guard is designed to discolor quickly over time.

The finish is designed to wear quickly (don't be shocked if you've worn through it in a few years).

Go to Fender website and look up the serial number coding... you can determine the exact year that way (or remove the neck and look at the date stamp).

Fenders aren't known for their sustain due to their bridges (unless you got a true Hardtail bridge) so you probably got a good piece of wood.

Keep it till you die... that guitar is awesome!

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post Nov 10 2007, 04:43 PM
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Looks very nice, I don't have much experience with Strats, but I would love to get one some day... I played an EJ strat at Guitar Center, and it sounded amazing! I didn't like how it played very much, though... oh, well... Anyways, have fun with it!
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post Nov 10 2007, 05:29 PM
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Love the color. Hope it feels as good as it looks. tongue.gif

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Glad you like it man.Also real nice to have it set-up great straight out of the box.I've got a new early christmas present on the way aswell laugh.gif .Its a peavey and im so excited .One big thing im hoping is that im lucky like you and its set-up with nice low action straight out the box


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post Nov 10 2007, 05:56 PM
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I was so happy with this guitar today that I went out and bought it a friend - a Fender Hotrod Deluxe valve amp. Man, am I in heaven this weekend!

On the subject of dating, Fender doesn't provide serial-number vs. date lookup tables for Vintage models. Not very nice of them. But I did find this post on the Fender forums that narrowed it down to a 2005-2007 build.

Vinivitur, it feels better than it sounds and it sounds awesome ;-)

Thanks for the feedback people, expect some new reviews from me to turn up in coming weeks.


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