Fender USA Stratocaster
|A nice clean example of
an '80's USA made Strat. She is in virtually flawless condition, completely unmolested and
has the classic tone that can only be had from a Strat.
|I had always wanted a
Stratocaster, but once I got into the Super Strat phase in the late 70's I kind of shunned
them as inferior beasts. Later on, when I came to realize that there is more to tone than
one humbucker with gobs of distortion, I decided to finally add a real Stratocaster to the
|Normally, I prefer maple
or ebony fingerboards, but this guitar is so clean that I couldn't pass it up. This guitar
was obviously well cared for. The frets have next to no visible wear, and the rosewood
fingerboard is in perfect shape.
|When I pick up this
guitar, usually the first thing that comes out is Deep Purple's Lazy. The tone of a stock
strat is amazing. It's not best suited for heavier rock or metal - at least not with the
stock pickups - but it has a tone all it's own for classic rock, blues and even country.
|The thing that
frustrates me today is that there are so many different flavors of Strat to choose from.
All of the artist models available further clouds the available choices. I guess it's easy
to get caught up in that madness when you're younger, but at this stage of the game my
objective is to find my own tone - not to sound like any one particular artist.
That's why I chose a basic American Standard model.
|I've thought about
changing the pickups several times, but why buy a Strat for the Strat sound then change
the pickups so the guitar no longer sounds like a Strat?
|This guitar has been
bone stock since 1984, and it will likely remain that way as long as I own it.