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jasim.hd

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Joined: 02/10/17

Posts: 82

Hello, everyone. I hope all is well.

I need an advice. I have finally decided to get my first Strat, ever. Been playing for about 3 and a half years steadily now, and I’m an avid Blues/Rock enthusiast/player. I’ve been doing some research lately, and I’m torn between the American Professional and the American Elite. I’m concerned about the tone on the Elite since the pick-ups are noiseless, but I’m more concerned about the neck profile on both, especially on Professional – been playing Schecter thin-C neck all the time. What do you recommend? Or maybe suggest something else that might fit better with my modest skills, thus far?

An important note: I cannot, sadly, go to a shop and try either one because where I live there’s only one shop that sells MIM standards – and I didn’t like the neck profile on it.

So, I’m going to ship one without trying it.

Would really appreciate your thoughts. Thank you!

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Hello, everyone. I hope all is well.

I need an advice. I have finally decided to get my first Strat, ever. Been playing for about 3 and a half years steadily now, and I’m an avid Blues/Rock enthusiast/player. I’ve been doing some research lately, and I’m torn between the American Professional and the American Elite. I’m concerned about the tone on the Elite since the pick-ups are noiseless, but I’m more concerned about the neck profile on both, especially on Professional – been playing Schecter thin-C neck all the time. What do you recommend? Or maybe suggest something else that might fit better with my modest skills, thus far?

An important note: I cannot, sadly, go to a shop and try either one because where I live there’s only one shop that sells MIM standards – and I didn’t like the neck profile on it.

So, I’m going to ship one without trying it.

Would really appreciate your thoughts. Thank you!

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 7371

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
I have finally decided to get my first Strat, ever.

Great plan! :)

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
... I’m more concerned about the neck profile on both, especially on Professional – been playing Schecter thin-C neck all the time. What do you recommend? Or maybe suggest something else that might fit better with my modest skills, thus far?

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Since you can't try one in person, the next best thing is the info on the web. You can also call and ask someone at a store, Fender or Sweetwater. It sounds like you want the thinnest C profile you can get. The modern Cs are pretty thin. These images give you some idea of the measurements & relative shapes/sizes.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eNlQ5SMkCCE/U3X8WzSOpOI/AAAAAAAAArE/hdF9pRRsmZ8/s1600/529307_528086037232778_2048998883_n.jpg

http://www.stickinthemud.de/Pics/Modern-C.jpg

https://www.fender.com/articles/tech-talk/c-u-v-which-neck-shape-is-for-you

Hope this helps!

Christopher Schlegel
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Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
I have finally decided to get my first Strat, ever.

Great plan! :)

Originally Posted by: jasim.hd
... I’m more concerned about the neck profile on both, especially on Professional – been playing Schecter thin-C neck all the time. What do you recommend? Or maybe suggest something else that might fit better with my modest skills, thus far?

[/quote]

Since you can't try one in person, the next best thing is the info on the web. You can also call and ask someone at a store, Fender or Sweetwater. It sounds like you want the thinnest C profile you can get. The modern Cs are pretty thin. These images give you some idea of the measurements & relative shapes/sizes.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eNlQ5SMkCCE/U3X8WzSOpOI/AAAAAAAAArE/hdF9pRRsmZ8/s1600/529307_528086037232778_2048998883_n.jpg

http://www.stickinthemud.de/Pics/Modern-C.jpg

https://www.fender.com/articles/tech-talk/c-u-v-which-neck-shape-is-for-you

Hope this helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

stevelankford313

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Joined: 11/19/16

Posts: 177

Hope you do'nt mind if i chime in quickly but i only wanted to comment that i have two strats. One is new MIM roadhouse deluxe noiseless, that has in addition a volume knob with a push button center for P90ish tones.The other is a vintage modified Squier with what they call duncan designed that is sss also. I'll have to say that i pick up the cheap strat just as much as the noiseless one mainly because i do love tone of that guitar. As always i love them both just for different reasons. I will also add that probably at some point i am probably going to add a CV Tele either the mahogany Thinline or the Pine solid. I think the CV's or the vintage mods are good bang for the buck. All this from a guitar/music lover with minimal experience.... Cheers

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Hope you do'nt mind if i chime in quickly but i only wanted to comment that i have two strats. One is new MIM roadhouse deluxe noiseless, that has in addition a volume knob with a push button center for P90ish tones.The other is a vintage modified Squier with what they call duncan designed that is sss also. I'll have to say that i pick up the cheap strat just as much as the noiseless one mainly because i do love tone of that guitar. As always i love them both just for different reasons. I will also add that probably at some point i am probably going to add a CV Tele either the mahogany Thinline or the Pine solid. I think the CV's or the vintage mods are good bang for the buck. All this from a guitar/music lover with minimal experience.... Cheers

dan-kuz

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Joined: 10/11/14

Posts: 18

Hi,

I purchased an American Special Stratocaster with a maple neck. This is the first guitar I purchased without trying, and to be honest I was a bit apprehensive.

When it arrived (from the Corona factory), the store tech did a light setup. I was amazed with this guitar, the look, the playability, and through a Fender amp it sounded exact;y as a Strat should (it has Texas Special pickups).

If you like the 70s headstock, this guitar is for you!

This is my baby:

https://shop.fender.com/en/intl/electric-guitars/stratocaster/american-special-stratocaster/0115602305.html

#4

Hi,

I purchased an American Special Stratocaster with a maple neck. This is the first guitar I purchased without trying, and to be honest I was a bit apprehensive.

When it arrived (from the Corona factory), the store tech did a light setup. I was amazed with this guitar, the look, the playability, and through a Fender amp it sounded exact;y as a Strat should (it has Texas Special pickups).

If you like the 70s headstock, this guitar is for you!

This is my baby:

https://shop.fender.com/en/intl/electric-guitars/stratocaster/american-special-stratocaster/0115602305.html

antonio.calvosa77

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Joined: 09/22/21

Posts: 1

Hi, you can check this stratocaster database to find your model:


https://www.fuzzfaced.net/stratocaster-modelli-e-cronologia.html

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Hi, you can check this stratocaster database to find your model:


https://www.fuzzfaced.net/stratocaster-modelli-e-cronologia.html

anthm

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Joined: 05/16/20

Posts: 55

Originally Posted by: antonio.calvosa77

Hi, you can check this stratocaster database to find your model:


https://www.fuzzfaced.net/stratocaster-modelli-e-cronologia.html

Great Site, thanks for posting. I managed to find my exact guitar there, a guitar that I purchased only three days ago here in Hong Kong.

A Player Series Stratocaster, (Mexico Build) It says from 2018-Today so I am not sure when mine was actually built.

Mine is Polar White with Pau Ferro fretboard.

At 52 years of age,I love it, Been on the acoustic for just over 18 months and my Guitar Teacher was nudging me to get an Electric. After a fair bit of guidance from him. The Strat Player series was what I ended up with

I paid around 670 USD,

Cheap way of feeling like a kid again. so good.

Cheers

Anthony (Hong Kong)

EDIT: Sorry Jasim.hd, I just re-read your original post again, I hijacked your thread here a little, I hope you don't mind.

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Originally Posted by: antonio.calvosa77

Hi, you can check this stratocaster database to find your model:


https://www.fuzzfaced.net/stratocaster-modelli-e-cronologia.html

Great Site, thanks for posting. I managed to find my exact guitar there, a guitar that I purchased only three days ago here in Hong Kong.

A Player Series Stratocaster, (Mexico Build) It says from 2018-Today so I am not sure when mine was actually built.

Mine is Polar White with Pau Ferro fretboard.

At 52 years of age,I love it, Been on the acoustic for just over 18 months and my Guitar Teacher was nudging me to get an Electric. After a fair bit of guidance from him. The Strat Player series was what I ended up with

I paid around 670 USD,

Cheap way of feeling like a kid again. so good.

Cheers

Anthony (Hong Kong)

EDIT: Sorry Jasim.hd, I just re-read your original post again, I hijacked your thread here a little, I hope you don't mind.