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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2001, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Strats - What's your favorite make other than fender

A friend of mine has decided to spend a fortune on a new guitar, he plays blues all the time so he's decided on a strat which got me looking for a good deal for him and obsessing on strats which finally led me to the concept of him building his own. But that's out, I don't have the time to do it for him and he can't

Blade is top of my list for a strat the basic one. Which other strats are also good? Traditional arrangenent though no locking trems humbuckers though or funny headstocks.

I know there are milions of Strat copies but Blade only sticks out in my mind.

as a side note Tyler guitars look like they use Warmouth bodies with their version of the old RG heel.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2001, 10:35 PM
 
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I really like a Brazilian company called Tagima. They make Strats as good as Fender's and it's about 1/2 of the price. The newest models have hand-wound alnico V pickups, Wilkinson VS50 bridge, LSR Roller nut and Sperzel Trim-lok tuning machines. I think they export to the USA and Europe.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2001, 10:51 PM
 
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What about warmoth building and painting the body and then geta neck and all that would be left is wiring, putting in a set on tunners, having the nut put in, and putting the neck on?
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2001, 10:55 PM
 
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What about Brandoni Guitars? They build custom Strats and Teles from a range of parts, including Wilkinson tremolo units and Kent Armstrong pickups. I remember seeing one reviewed in Guitarist that had the entire body finished in green pearloid - they send the bodies off to an accordion factory, apparently, and the overall finish is about the same thickness as a standard poly finish. Pretty unusual, and brilliantly flashy for a "stage" guitar.

Of course, there are also Blade, Fret-King, Schecter, Tyler, Suhr, Melancon and a whole host of other names that spring to mind, and of course as Noodles pointed out, the big parts companies like Warmoth and WD have their own "custom shop" facilities where he cound specify just about anything that he wanted.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2001, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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He was going to spend a grand on a fender when a Blade texas standard costs about half that. He's not really into electrics so flashy options arn't the thing. I was just looking for some better options for him.

A grand for a strat when an RG costs a lot less makes my flesh creep. But it's his money.

But I also would like a yellow strat with maple fretboard at some point. So I have added interest in this.
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To be perfectly honest, if he's prepared to spend a grand on a Fender, he'd do much better to contact a UK luthier like Woodworm or KGB Guitars, because in terms of pure quality he'll get much more for his money that way. If he doesn't want to order a custom guitar from a small builder, there are better options, for less money, than a new Fender Strat.

If it was me, I'd be either looking for a nice second-hand Japanese Fender, JV-model Squier or Tokai at around 300, which leaves plenty of money for the pickups of his choice; or building my own from decent parts. Fortunately, I got my favourite Strat for free. :biggrin:
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-22-2001, 01:50 AM
 
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how 'bout a G&L? *They're nearly exactly the same looking as a Fender and they play much better.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-22-2001, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've heard good things about woodworm guitars.

The thing is, he's prepared to spend that amount of cash however he hasn't actually got it yet. So I'm trying to save him some cash by pointing him in the right direction towards something cheaper and more unique than just a fender strat

Because he's not that used to playing a lot of guitars I don't think a custom is a good idea.

He's planning to go from a squire strat to something very expensive without tring everything there is. He's got tunnel vision of Fender strats and Gibson Les Pauls
But ask him about acoustics and he knows an awful lot.

It's kind of frustrating cause you want to help but you can't because it's a personal thing.

But keep the sugesstions coming for 500-1000 strat types
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-22-2001, 04:37 AM
 
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I would recommend G & L if you don't have alot of cash...Tom Anderson if you do.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-22-2001, 10:49 AM
 
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Carlos Seo, you talked about Tagima...

They're cool looking guitars, but don't be fooled about aesthetics...they use cheap wood in their guitars, like marupa...it will never sound as good as an alder or ash made strat.

if you experiment the basic strats (the ones who cost about R$ 500 - US$250) they're a great piece of junk, good for beginners...bad wood, bad hardware...

just don't compare to the ones that the sponsored dudes like Edu Ardanuy & Kiko loureiro use...they're custom shop :biggrin: Even Faiska had a real Fender Strat that they removed the logo and printed Tagima over


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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-22-2001, 11:32 AM
 
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I agree, jem7vwh, G&Ls are incredible for the price...but that headstock?!?
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-22-2001, 10:34 PM
 
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im a big fan of the "super-strat"

i think theyre referred to as jems around these parts * :}
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-23-2001, 04:01 PM
 
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I love ESP strats... great value for price. The next step would be Suhr...

Anderson is not my thing... And, of course try warmoth if you enjoy assembling, absolutely great parts. G&L is last official Leo guitar. I liked their built quality however not the pups.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-24-2001, 12:45 AM
 
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If he was going to spend a fortune, then why not buy a vintage Fender Strat? *The replicas are just that, replicas. *The newer Fender products are poor, so don't let that soil your image of strats that were made pre 1980. *A friend of mine has a 79 Strat that is the best playing guitar I have EVER played. *Another friend has a 74 and another a 69, and they are all killer axes. *The replicas don't reproduce the strat tone the way an old Fender does. *I personally have a 57 reissue strat, which while being better than most american made strats, still isn't as high of quality of Fenders made in the 70's and earlier. *My advice would be to buy a 1970's Strat, or a pre-cbs one if you have that much money. *Which ones are better between these goes into great detail, but any would be a great choice.
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On the flip side, a local friend has a 72' Strat, the neck joint pocket is 1/4"!!!! wider than the neck heel leaving an 1/8" gap on either side of the neck, the contours are absolutely pitifull, just some of the worst work I've ever seen. CBS Strats have a reputation of poor quality for a reason.
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