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Strat advice


I'm looking for a bit of advice on Strats. I've just celebrated a "special" birthday and have got a load of guitar store vouchers thanks to my wife's sterling efforts in gift co-ordination.

I'm looking for something around about the GBP £600 - £750 range.

This caught my eye -> Fender FSR Special Edition Lonestar Strat RW.

Ideally I'd also like to get a mandolin (always fancied one), so if I can keep the price to the lower end of the range I may be able to get an electric mandolin too. Again, any advice welcome.

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Re: Strat advice


The Lonestars are good, well-built strats. I like the big, 70s style headstock on that one too (for obvious reasons lol). Its an extremely versatile guitar you can't go wrong with.

Fender also makes electric mandolins. I've played a few of them and they play and sound good. Of course they sound better plugged in because that's what they're designed for. They do also make acoustic mandolins too. Those are also well built for the money.
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Cheers. Anything I should watch out for when trying mandolins? If I go for that Lonestar it'll probably be a cheaper electric mandolin I get, not a Fender. I've seen Savannah and Stagg mandolins online for good prices.

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My only advice would be make sure the guitar feels right when you play. You can change pickups, saddles, frets but it has to feel right. You can't replace that.
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quote:

Rezi wrote:

My only advice would be make sure the guitar feels right when you play. You can change pickups, saddles, frets but it has to feel right. You can't replace that.



That as well ^

Its one thing to look online to see what you like and read up on the features, but I've never bought a guitar online; once you see one you like, then check it out in the store. Like Rezi said; there's no replacement for feel and resonance.

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RatBatBlu wrote:

quote:

Rezi wrote:

My only advice would be make sure the guitar feels right when you play. You can change pickups, saddles, frets but it has to feel right. You can't replace that.



That as well ^

Its one thing to look online to see what you like and read up on the features, but I've never bought a guitar online; once you see one you like, then check it out in the store. Like Rezi said; there's no replacement for feel and resonance.




You've actually sold guitars, I have only been as an aid to mates' kids buying guitars. That's the only thing I have pressed, buy the one you feel like buying, not the one mags, people online or your mates tell you should buy. Otherwise there's a good chance it'll end up in the closet.

Clearly our mate Big J is not a kid but I think it partially applies to adults too.

Like you I have never bought guitars online. I would only buy a vintage instrument online, from a respected seller, to be more watched than played. If you are going to play it, try it out first.
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Yes, I never have, and never would, buy an instrument online. I always try before I buy with guitars.

Probably going into the shop at the weekend to try a few different models. I'll keep you posted!

Edit - have just seen my comments earlier about good prices for mandolins online. What I meant was I have seen them on the websites for local guitar shops emoticon

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I envy you J, you get to go guitar shopping, but I'm even more happy for you. There are few thrills in life to match that buzz!

Went to all the guitar shops on Denmark Street in London last month, found several mouth-watering Strats but luckily, none were spot-on. Four or five natural mid-1970s Strats but not single one with RW fretboard. but My wife would have killed me if I had showed up home with a guitar!
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I love my black '73 Strat with maple fingerboard emoticon
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To be fair, I've bought 3 guitars on line - a Gibson ES335 Dot, a Fender Jazz bass (USA) and more recently a Guild X-170T (nice enough to eat). The Guild and the Gibson were imported from the States, the bass here in the UK. All were/are fine, no problems at all.

I do like to take a risk! I also like to save money! The singer in our band recently bought a Mexican Fender Telecaster from a guy on gumtree, paid £235 and it's 'like' brand new. The guy he bought it from didn't have an amp so he couldn't try it 'properly' and it all looked a bit dodgy but, for £235, what the heck!

It's definitely a buyer's market at the moment on non-shop second hand guitars, that's for sure. I'd look on ebay first, Big J. There are sure to be some bargains not far from you, I would think!

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