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08-07-2006 09:13 AM
JimmyJ
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

well i have the Jimmie Vaughan signature guitar now its a JimmyJ signature guitar
08-06-2006 05:38 PM
bonehead189
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

I want one of those so bad! Really 'cause the TexMex pickups are heaven on earth!
08-06-2006 05:21 PM
ScottB
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

Check out the MIM Jimmie Vaughan sig Strat. They use USA vintage bridges and tuners and the Tex Mex pickups are killer. The price is about $569.
08-06-2006 05:15 PM
bonehead189
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

American Strats are supreme, one being my first guitar. You gotta love that *Strat* sound!
08-06-2006 05:10 PM
fettouhi
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

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Originally Posted by JimmyJ View Post
I love my strats
I love my mine too (even though it's from Warmoth ).

Regards

André



08-05-2006 11:03 AM
JimmyJ
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

sorry to chime in so late on this thread but i can help out a lot on this case, as i own all three of them, displayed below



I have a white MIM Jimmie Vaughan 2001 Custom, a Black MIJ Blackie Replica Custom, and a Red 2005 MIA Usa Deluxe.

Let me start with the MIM,

In stock form the MIM was a nice OK guitar. The hardware was absolultely great and the JV neck is better than my soft V neck on my USA (more confortable) The bridge is a fender vintage bridge, and the tuners are Fender Vintage, this guitar actually has the same hardware as fender customshop guitars.

The pickups were ok, but quite ordinary, in std form they were Fender Tex-Mex, I replaced them for a set of USA standard pickups, they were slightly better but still only ok. I have now replaved them with dimarzios and lost all the hum, but also lost some of the fender magic, ill be going back to a set of lace holy grails for that guitar i think.

Standard MIM pickups hum like mad. almost pointless in a high gain situation.

The body is good and the neck is also good, im actually really happy with this JV guitar, but out of my 3, its the worst one.


My MIA 2005 USA Deluxe is flawless in every way, every detail has been perfectly finished and assebled, the pickups (SCN Noiseless) as perfect and the S1 switching is amazing, the guitar is a jem and i love it very much, BUT because its so new and flawless im affraid to play it, in all honestly ive had this guitar for about 9 months now and ive played it for a max of about 2 hours all up. i just cant bring myself to play it in fear of damaging it. The MIA deluxe is night and day to the JV its the difference between a nice looking girl, and a hot girl with great boobs, shaven areas, flat tummy and perfect face face, really its that good.

now here is where it gets interesting. I bought a MIJ blackie off the bay a while back for fun, actually bought it just to steal the pickups out of, the guitar sold for $300,i was gonna put the pickups in teh white strat.

When it arrived i plugged it in and the Angels sang in perfect harmony. this guitar is most definatly in the same league as my MIA, pefectly finished, awesome japanese hardware (gotoh) and it sounded like heaven, the wood is also lighter than my JV and about the same as the MIA. This guitar has some dings but its sooooo cool. This guitar has a C profile neck and is the most comfortable guitar ive ever played, it sounds perfect, the frets are nicely finished and all the hardware just works, the trem is great and electronics are great too.

I personally have more fun with my MIJ than any of my guitars, it can pack a deadly distorted punch and provide some of the sweetest cleans youd ever hear, the MIJ is a great guitar and should not ever be over looked, its so miles ahead of the MIM and as someone else said, most probably on par with the MIA.

I love my strats
07-31-2006 10:29 AM
supermau
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

MIM's are great for the money as has been stated. But the pickups don't cut it in my opinion nor do the tuners. I replaced the tuners on my MIM sith a set of Schallers and it made all the difference. I got my MIM back in 1995. I wouldn't buy another.

Every piece of hardware and fit/finish will be better on a USA. Why sink a bunch of cash into upgrading a MIM when you can just buy a nice USA. Personally, I've had it with buying cheap guitars. I'd rather save and get something killer.
07-31-2006 06:48 AM
themaidenmaniac
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

I own both. I find the american has much better stock pickups, a nicer arm, and the big winner is its neck- you can get beautiful bends on it , whereas on the mexican... i feel somehwta restricted somehow. Finally- my fender neck is slimmer too!
07-30-2006 09:01 PM
jimihendrix1117
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

Japanese strats kill them both. I own a MIJ and MIM, and I have played many MIA. The Japanese strats are better than both by far.
07-17-2006 01:39 PM
guitarob
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

http://www.allthingsguitar.com/mimvsmia/strattable.htm

Let your senses decide which is best though
07-15-2006 08:41 PM
sniperfrommars1
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

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Originally Posted by buddroyce
The Jap fenders are definitely the best bang for the buck. Quality wise I'd still buy take a Jap one over an american one(the consistency is better). The current line of Jap strats are still made in Fujigen Gakki by Team J-Craft. Alternatively, if you can get ahold of an ESP Snapper or Vintager those are pretty kick @$$ as well (the vintager is a strat clone, the Snapper is an upgraded derivative)
I didnt know this i will now be purchasing a new jap strat :P
07-15-2006 12:11 PM
Ayrton
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

Something else to consider would a "New York Pro" strat clone. Solid Alder, good neck and decent pickups, much better than say the current Squire and you can pick them up new for under $175.

*edit* I just check evilbay and there are several new for under $100. Drop in some decent pickups and have a great strat for under $200!
07-15-2006 12:02 PM
buddroyce
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

The Jap fenders are definitely the best bang for the buck. Quality wise I'd still buy take a Jap one over an american one(the consistency is better). The current line of Jap strats are still made in Fujigen Gakki by Team J-Craft. Alternatively, if you can get ahold of an ESP Snapper or Vintager those are pretty kick @$$ as well (the vintager is a strat clone, the Snapper is an upgraded derivative)
07-15-2006 06:48 AM
shredfreak
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

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Originally Posted by jim777
Do you mean to say they only make the Mexican Fender necks in the US?
Yeah that's what I meant. All other parts of the Mexicans are made in Mexico except necks which are made in USA.
07-15-2006 12:38 AM
Chameleonfong
Re: Stratocasters - American Vs. Mexican Made

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Originally Posted by Ayrton
That is my understanding, unless that has changed in the last few years. Fender made all the necks in Corona, and then shipped to Mexico for assembly.

That is pretty much what they did when they introduced the California Series in the late 90s. Having the necks and bodys made in Corona and then send to Mexico for painting. If i recall correctly, the California Series were pretty inexpensive due to that. Not exactly sure of the price as it was a long time ago...age is catching up...
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