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shredfreak said:
I guess Fender Strats are one of those guitars you really should try before buying. I've tried a lot of good Strats and also some bad Strats. Highway 1 was the one I didn't like. It might be I just found a bad one but it felt cheap and Mexican Classic series Stratocasters played and felt better. For some reason I don't like American series Strats either, probably because of the modern C-shape neck. But American Deluxes and Artist series are great, best suff Fender is making nowadays in my opinion.:)
i hate to say it because i have sort of bashed strats but i picked up a highway 1 strat and it played fairly well , even though it wasn't set up and had 9s .

i was always sort of a closet fan of the 72 custom and thin line , the one with 2 humbuckers and the one with just a humbucker in the neck . Never liked the idea of paying 600 for a mexican made import though .
 

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I'm not entirly sure how they do it now, but the original Mexican series instruments were all assembled in Mexico from parts made in the Corona, California factory. The components were different between the US and Mexican assembled guitars, but the parts were US made.
 

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jim777 said:
I'm not entirly sure how they do it now, but the original Mexican series instruments were all assembled in Mexico from parts made in the Corona, California factory. The components were different between the US and Mexican assembled guitars, but the parts were US made.
I've heard they make only necks in USA nowadays.

http://www.allthingsguitar.com/FenderLinks/FenderTour/1.html
 

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I have a Squier Pro Tone ("crafted in Korea") and it is excellent, absolutely excellent. I does have gold lace sensors, though, so maybe the stock pups weren't that "good"
 

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jim777 said:
Do you mean to say they only make the Mexican Fender necks in the US?
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.
 

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Ayrton said:
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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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)
 

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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!
 

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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
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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 :)
 

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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.
 
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