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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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@strat people

im looking to spend around 500 on a strat and im wondering which models i should be looking out for.
should i avoid the korean models? they look like they are pretty good value for money if theyre built well.
preferably i would like 22 frets and a 2 point trem.
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p.s. pics are always welcome!
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I have a Korean Light Ash Tele that actually isnt bad. I replaced the jack, pots and wiring and it made a huge difference, but still I tend to stay away from Korean instruments, this one just had a great neck and its not my only Tele. Im not sure how all that translates into US$ and what the cost of Strats are there so I cant help much. Can you get G&L guitars there for that price? If so definately give them a look.
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hmm G&L are cheaper than i had them down for. easily within my price range!
the legacy range looks perfect, like a strat only modernised.
any jemsiters got G&L experience?
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I've gone through 2 or 3. The quality is awesome. Some people say it's on par with Fender's custom shop stuff. The main drawback for a seller is they dont seem to hold their resale value as much as a Fender, but thats good for you if you are looking to buy used. I had a Commanche that was awesome, I sold it to buy an EJ Strat, but I wish I never did.
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I actually have a G&L Legacy (USA) that I might be willing to sell, I'm over here in the US though. Its a great guitar- the quality is awesome, I just honestly haven't picked it up to play in a while, and could probably use the money for somewhere else. If you're interested just PM me =)
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Starts are like any other guitar. You need to play before you buy. Some are duds, some are real players, etc...I drove all the way to Nashville to get my Strat that I had tried a few weeks prior while up there at Gruhn. I haven't played another one like it.

G&Ls are really good too.
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I have a carvin made strat that's awesome!
Cost me 590.
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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 03:04 PM
 
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theres always the highway strat or iif you can find one a usa standard second hand should be around 500 ish ive heard the highways can go for as little as 300 though i payed 470 for mine last year brilliant guitar plays like a dream (there usa made too)
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the G&Ls seem like superb guitars, shame so few places stock them. soon as im off uni and home for easter ill head over to the stockist in oxford and lay my hands on some.
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G&L are great, but you don't find many over here and the US ones (e.g. not the tribute series) ain't cheap when you do!

But, 500 puts you well into used US Fender Strat price ranges. If you shop around you'd find a new one for 650.
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I regret selling a very nice G&L Climax XL

That one piece maple neck had a very comfortable shape, like a flattenned D shape. Smooooooth.

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Get a slightly used American Standard, if you are looking at buying a stock-ish Strat - the build quality of newish US Fenders is as good as it has ever been, and you get a really good two-point trem, big frets, a really nice neck and very good electronics - and best of all, it is actually a Fender Strat, not someone else's (no matter how good) take on the Strat. There's quite literally millions of 'em around, lots of colour choice, and your resale value will be better than anything else available - in fact, if you bought a used Strat and didn't take to it, I'd wager you'd sell it for the same as you bought it for.

Try that with a Ford Fiesta!!
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I wonder why anyone on here isn't recomending the Levinson Blade strats? Are these not very popular in the States? I have a Blade Texas Standard Pro and I love it both unplugged and plugged in. It also has a build in active boost system that can boost either treble and bass or mid frequencies.
Here is a link: http://www.bladeguitars.com/guitargallery_texas.html#
and a quick phone camera pic I have of mine:
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Shouldn't that amount cover a used American Deluxe as well? It's not the strattiest sounding strat ever, but it's a hell of a guitar. H-S-S (which may or may not be a problem to you), S1 switching, ebony board, roller nut, locking tuners etc. Mine came in at a bit less than that price, and I think prices are pretty comparable between here and the UK.
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Shouldn't that amount cover a used American Deluxe as well? It's not the strattiest sounding strat ever, but it's a hell of a guitar. H-S-S (which may or may not be a problem to you), S1 switching, ebony board, roller nut, locking tuners etc. Mine came in at a bit less than that price, and I think prices are pretty comparable between here and the UK.
Those are very nice guitars. The store I teach out of is a dealer for Fender among other brands so I get to play lots of Fender guitars during the week. I do worry about the S1 setup. If I wanted to change pups I would have no clue how to rewire things with the S1. I really want a Deluxe Tele but I don't like a single in the bridge but with the S1 switching it seems like it would be a tricky situation to be able to swap pups out.

Once you change out the pups in a Highway One, those ar4 fine guitars for the $ IMHO.

Lots of places to buy Strat bodies and necks for a total custom (Warmoth ...YuMMMm!!).
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