I came to the conclusion that I miss a real single-coil only guitar (read: old guy's axe) in my small herd. What better than a Strat. And what better than a regular, off-the-mill, US-made Strat. Or so I thought till realizing that there are tons of choices. I just knew I don't want to pay 2k+ on a Strat, after playing some MIM Strats that blew Custom Shop ones out of the water.
Then the right deal on the bay came across, got the wife's approval, and took the plunge: a 2010 Fender Factory Special Run "Thin Skin" American Standard Strat, in Vintage White (one of a run of 150), 8 hole pickguard, retrofitted Texas Special pickups, nice neck wood. The previous owner upgraded the flightcase for a deluxe hardshell one. Classy.
Enough babbling, here's my "Vanilla":
What can I say, it's a Strat, and do I like the feel. No total all-out shred axe, but a good thing to have lying around. I have a white 3-ply pickguard to transform her into a little wanna-be Yngwie Strat. Not sure though, the plain white guard grows on me. The thin skin finish is probably really thin, the wood grain shows well. Hate the trem bar holder (or lack thereof
). Some locking tuners might come in the near future.
Not sure about the pickups though. They are quite trebbly, and I wonder if a noiseless set would do good. Like Samarium Cobalts or the Hot Noiseless. Something warmer (esp. in the neck) and a tad stronger. But I'll fuzz around with the Texas Specials a bit. Any suggestions/input gladly taken!