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Just out of curiosity, whats your opinion on this model?

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Just out of curiosity, whats your opinion on this model?

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the body on my strat is from an american standard... I like it. It's made from nice wood and has a purdy finish. I think the american standard is a good buy, but then again, I always buy by feel and tone, not the model or make. On the other hand, all of my instruments are fenders, so possibly I'm subconciously biased.

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the body on my strat is from an american standard... I like it. It's made from nice wood and has a purdy finish. I think the american standard is a good buy, but then again, I always buy by feel and tone, not the model or make. On the other hand, all of my instruments are fenders, so possibly I'm subconciously biased.

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Fenders are good. I think american ones are overpriced. The japanese and korean ones are pathetic in their craftsmanship, and although the quality has dropped in recent years on the Mexican ones, the mexis and americans are high quality. it's a shame that the assembly line guitars like fenders arent more consistent in their good quality, but most are great. I love strats, and teles and jazzmasters and mustangs and duo sonics and jaguars and everything made by fender except for Squier guitars and those godawful solid state amps. you play strats mainly?

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Fenders are good. I think american ones are overpriced. The japanese and korean ones are pathetic in their craftsmanship, and although the quality has dropped in recent years on the Mexican ones, the mexis and americans are high quality. it's a shame that the assembly line guitars like fenders arent more consistent in their good quality, but most are great. I love strats, and teles and jazzmasters and mustangs and duo sonics and jaguars and everything made by fender except for Squier guitars and those godawful solid state amps. you play strats mainly?

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The American standard Strat's wood is alder, alder is a good tonewood. I think they're overpriced, the quality is inconsistent. I have a friend who bought one becuse of the Fender name and how popular of an instrument it is. He couuldn't stand it it, it played like crap. He ended up taking it back to the music store and trading it for a Japaneese Strat that sounded and played 100 times better, but cost about a quarter of the price. I think the way to buy a guitar is to try every thing you can and see what feels the best, sounds the best, has the best value, has the bet features.... whatever inspires you. And ignore the brand name. You may find yourself saving a lot of money and getting a better instrument (or you could end up gettin something high end like a Zakk Wylde Les Paul). I'm not a fan of sngle coil pickups, by the way.

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The American standard Strat's wood is alder, alder is a good tonewood. I think they're overpriced, the quality is inconsistent. I have a friend who bought one becuse of the Fender name and how popular of an instrument it is. He couuldn't stand it it, it played like crap. He ended up taking it back to the music store and trading it for a Japaneese Strat that sounded and played 100 times better, but cost about a quarter of the price. I think the way to buy a guitar is to try every thing you can and see what feels the best, sounds the best, has the best value, has the bet features.... whatever inspires you. And ignore the brand name. You may find yourself saving a lot of money and getting a better instrument (or you could end up gettin something high end like a Zakk Wylde Les Paul). I'm not a fan of sngle coil pickups, by the way.

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Absolutely shop around and take your time, when I got my strat I was going for a mic cable and some other little stuff, but I turn around and there was this strat... (I didn't even notice the other 2 hanging either side of it). I pulled it off the rack, it looked beautiful (hense it's name "Purdy"). It played really nice, I pluged it in... "WOAH! This strat has a big pair of balls." So I asked about it and was informed that it was an American Body, Japanese Neck (with jumbo frets which had just been fixed proporly), all new wiring, noisless single coil pickups, 5 graphie saddles (standard saddle on the low E), a nice hardshell case, and oh yeah, it was $300. Needless to say, it came home with me.

Anyway, the point is look around, buy yourself a guitar that has a soul all it's own (which sadly, alot of instruments today lack).

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Absolutely shop around and take your time, when I got my strat I was going for a mic cable and some other little stuff, but I turn around and there was this strat... (I didn't even notice the other 2 hanging either side of it). I pulled it off the rack, it looked beautiful (hense it's name "Purdy"). It played really nice, I pluged it in... "WOAH! This strat has a big pair of balls." So I asked about it and was informed that it was an American Body, Japanese Neck (with jumbo frets which had just been fixed proporly), all new wiring, noisless single coil pickups, 5 graphie saddles (standard saddle on the low E), a nice hardshell case, and oh yeah, it was $300. Needless to say, it came home with me.

Anyway, the point is look around, buy yourself a guitar that has a soul all it's own (which sadly, alot of instruments today lack).

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Sounds like you ot quite a deal there, those mods would've cost a lot on a regular strat.

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Sounds like you ot quite a deal there, those mods would've cost a lot on a regular strat.

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Yeah, the only catch is that the trebel pickup is really weak sounding, however, I'm actually finding it useful. If I want a hotter bridge sound, I just switch it to the mid/trebel position, and I've got my boost. It really allows you to break things up, make your tone more versital sounding, almost like having two guitars strapped onto you.

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Yeah, the only catch is that the trebel pickup is really weak sounding, however, I'm actually finding it useful. If I want a hotter bridge sound, I just switch it to the mid/trebel position, and I've got my boost. It really allows you to break things up, make your tone more versital sounding, almost like having two guitars strapped onto you.

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Well, I recently purchased this instrument, and it definitely satisfies all of my needs. Im been searching around for years trying to find the perfect instrument with the perfect tone, and I believe Ive found it. The model I purchased has an ash body instead of alder, which makes a big difference its overall sound. It feels great and sounds even better, personally I prefer single coil poickups instead of Humbuckers, they have more of a classic sound to them. Im not really a metal guy, I like classic rock and Hendrix Style blues, this guitar howls, its like a dream.

Thanks for your input guys, I appreciate you opinions.

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Well, I recently purchased this instrument, and it definitely satisfies all of my needs. Im been searching around for years trying to find the perfect instrument with the perfect tone, and I believe Ive found it. The model I purchased has an ash body instead of alder, which makes a big difference its overall sound. It feels great and sounds even better, personally I prefer single coil poickups instead of Humbuckers, they have more of a classic sound to them. Im not really a metal guy, I like classic rock and Hendrix Style blues, this guitar howls, its like a dream.

Thanks for your input guys, I appreciate you opinions.

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Swoop and soar like tyhe blues angels...

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Yeah it don't have a fender standed america strat but i almost got one, instead i got a fender big apple strat. This bitch is loaded with dual duncan hummers he he. This guitar kicks ass. I tried the american its cool, good neck and pickups and **** like that, but if u can afford a big apple american i suggest this instead. IM pretty sure they are close to the same price range so why not get more for u ****ing money.

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Yeah it don't have a fender standed america strat but i almost got one, instead i got a fender big apple strat. This bitch is loaded with dual duncan hummers he he. This guitar kicks ass. I tried the american its cool, good neck and pickups and **** like that, but if u can afford a big apple american i suggest this instead. IM pretty sure they are close to the same price range so why not get more for u ****ing money.

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I have a American standard strat and like it a lot. It doesn't compare to my Ibanez Jem7VWH, but it sounds terrific when playing clean sounds.

No guitar is the same, and consider yourself lucky if you find the perfect guitar for yourself.

Ibanez,imo, has very good quality control.
Fender, gibson, ect... just don't seem to care if they make it to the best of their ability or not. I mean their good guitars, but you never know unless you play them if their for you are not.And that goes for all guitars

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I have a American standard strat and like it a lot. It doesn't compare to my Ibanez Jem7VWH, but it sounds terrific when playing clean sounds.

No guitar is the same, and consider yourself lucky if you find the perfect guitar for yourself.

Ibanez,imo, has very good quality control.
Fender, gibson, ect... just don't seem to care if they make it to the best of their ability or not. I mean their good guitars, but you never know unless you play them if their for you are not.And that goes for all guitars