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03-24-2001 06:51 PM

I use to play and collect the 70's and 80's Schecter strats they where great and Tom Anderson use to work for Schecter back then and built them and you can find them cheap( less then $500) they have fender headstocks, great pickups and relly cool trems back then. check them out * *
03-24-2001 01:15 AM

you owe it to yourself to check out * His stuff is killer. *By far the best "strat" type guitars I've ever played.
03-24-2001 01:09 AM

I always wanted one of these: one of the Blade strats, a G&L Commanche, or a Tom Anderson strat, the commanche has a pickup config like a "Z" which is similar to something I designed about 11 years ago in high school. The Blades look kewl and are a nice neck design, but small frets, and the TA's are just well built all around.
My $0.02
03-24-2001 12:51 AM

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.
03-24-2001 12:45 AM
Josh Blagg

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.
03-23-2001 04:01 PM

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.
03-22-2001 10:34 PM

im a big fan of the "super-strat"

i think theyre referred to as jems around these parts * :}
03-22-2001 11:32 AM

I agree, jem7vwh, G&Ls are incredible for the price...but that headstock?!?
03-22-2001 10:49 AM

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 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

03-22-2001 04:37 AM

I would recommend G & L if you don't have alot of cash...Tom Anderson if you do.
03-22-2001 02:38 AM

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
03-22-2001 01:50 AM

how 'bout a G&L? *They're nearly exactly the same looking as a Fender and they play much better.
03-21-2001 11:55 PM

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:
03-21-2001 11:08 PM

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.
03-21-2001 10:55 PM

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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