GEAR REVIEW FORUM RULES


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Jon Broderick
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1. This forum is for reviews only. Questions about gear should go in the gear discussion forum.

2. Everybody is welcome to review their gear here. The more reviews we have the better for everyone.

3. Only post a review of something you either own or have spent a lot of time using.

4. All reviews should follow the following format:
    1. Image of Product
  • 2. Pricing information

  • 3. Pros and Cons

  • 4. Review

  • 5. Summary

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Jon Broderick
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Please follow this format for all gear reviews:


1. Image of Product

2. Pricing information

3. Pros and Cons

4. Review

5. Summary
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PonyOne
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Oh, and if the guitar is used and is now discontinued, or it was a special edition/anniversary model/etc, please put the year up. a Mexican Standard Strat from '98 and a Mexican Standard Strat from '05 are pretty much the same, so it's not really necessary to put a year up then, but a '85 Kramer Baretta and an '05 Kramer Baretta are 100% different instruments.

We don't want little Timmy running out and spending his savings on a guitar that is different than the one he read the smashing review on because he didn't realize it was discontinued before he was born.
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Silimtao
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The "M" means Mexico. The "Z" means year 200x, the "4" makes it 2004. There are some quality control differences between the MiMs and the MiAs, but if you're on a budget, it's my opinion you really can't go wrong with a MiM. I really feel I got a bargain. I prefer this particular MiM over the latest Standard MiM I test drove at a Guitar Center, and even over the American Standard that sold for $999.99. Keep in mind these are very subjective observations. Overall, I believe this is one of the "best bang for your bux" deals I've gotten in quite awhile.

For anything I may have missed here, you may want to see my post in the Gear forum:http://www.guitartricks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24973&page=2&pp=10

Some helpful info:

Dating your MiM (has links to MiAs also): http://www.fender.com/support/mexican_instruments.php

A very good article by an Ebayer: http://reviews.ebay.com/Buying-a-Fender-Stratocaster-A-Guide-for-the-Novice_W0QQugidZ10000000001650626?ssPageName=BUYGD:CAT:-1:LISTINGS:5

Strats by Year:http://www.stratcollector.com/scn/base/84.html

If you look at 1984, the second picture of the brown Strat, that's what my Strat looks like.

PS: I should add that the MiM necks are made in Corona, California and shipped to Mexico. The MiMs are made of lighter wood also (I always confuse alder and ash, so I can't say which wood the MiMs are made from.) I was expecting a real lightweight compared to my MiA, but the MiM feels just as hefty. Strats are/were made in Japan also (MiJ/CiJ- think the "C" means "Customized for")- I believe I read somewhere the MiJs are now made for Japanese consumers now only, but not really sure. The MiJs are supposedly superior to the MiMs.
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MGMHANDYMAN
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It's Not A Martin But I Will Try To Learn How It Is Played.
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Sorry Jon,i Think I Been Misuseing The Gear Review.my Bad I Should Of Been Useing Gear Topics Ect.NEXT TIME ILL READ THE THE RULES FIRST.
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Slipin Lizard
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Joined: 11/15/07
Posts: 711
Jon, do you know how we can post an image on the forum?
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JeffS65
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Originally Posted by: Slipin LizardJon, do you know how we can post an image on the forum?


I usually link from the manufacturers site or retailer site by using IMG tags.

-Right click on a desired image and copy the from properties, the image URL
-Create a beginning and ending image tag
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Slipin Lizard
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Joined: 11/15/07
Posts: 711
Thanks Jeff! Going to give it a try...


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Slipin Lizard
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Posts: 711
Hey, it worked! Thanks again!
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Neal Walter
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wow, what a cool little recorder. I had a Tascam cassette 4-track in the 80s and this is barely bigger than a cassette.
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