Current Production Fender Strat for Rock/Metal?

napalmdeath

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I've been wanting a Strat for awhile.. Several years, actually.. I've tried to scratch that itch with Charvels, Jacksons, and Schecter Super Strats. But, even with coil splitting or 5-way switching, I keep missing something. THAT Strat tone..

I actually LOVED the Schecter Nick Johnston I had, but the humbucker was lackluster at best, and the single coils were the opposite of noiseless! Awful. Maybe I should have spent the money to upgrade, (lord knows I've done it to every other damn guitar), but I wasn't feeling it for some reason.

So, I want a Strat. HSS, hardtail preferred, but there's SO many models! And, I'm not so sure I wouldn't be having to upgrade the humbucker anyway, I don't really see anything with upgrades off the rack. Atleast not a Fender.

I considered a YJM, but aren't they all scalloped fretboards? I'm not looking to play death metal, just some Hank Shermann and Gary Moore.. Really dig those tones. I played a candy apple red 60's Classic Player that was awesome, but no humbucker..

What's the consensus on stacked humbuckers? I loved that 60's Strat, maybe go with stacked singles and essentially have humbuckers?
 

311splawndude

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Can't really answer all your questions but popped in to let you know that I got a MIM Strat years ago and could not be happier with it. Nice medium thickness C neck, jumbo frets, rosewood board, vintage trem, decent tuners, decent single coils. So the Strat purists here won't like it but I don't care. I modded it to be blacked out and I originally put a SD Custom Custom in it but now it has a Super Distortion.

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japetus

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I've been wanting a Strat for awhile.. Several years, actually.. I've tried to scratch that itch with Charvels, Jacksons, and Schecter Super Strats. But, even with coil splitting or 5-way switching, I keep missing something. THAT Strat tone..

I actually LOVED the Schecter Nick Johnston I had, but the humbucker was lackluster at best, and the single coils were the opposite of noiseless! Awful. Maybe I should have spent the money to upgrade, (lord knows I've done it to every other damn guitar), but I wasn't feeling it for some reason.

So, I want a Strat. HSS, hardtail preferred, but there's SO many models! And, I'm not so sure I wouldn't be having to upgrade the humbucker anyway, I don't really see anything with upgrades off the rack. Atleast not a Fender.

I considered a YJM, but aren't they all scalloped fretboards? I'm not looking to play death metal, just some Hank Shermann and Gary Moore.. Really dig those tones. I played a candy apple red 60's Classic Player that was awesome, but no humbucker..

What's the consensus on stacked humbuckers? I loved that 60's Strat, maybe go with stacked singles and essentially have humbuckers?
Bro I am not even gonna lie, you are all over the place in saying what you want. And you have had a lot of shit. I don't even know what could make you happy at this point. Maybe you just need to get with a custom builder that will work with you and really get down to your specs.
 

napalmdeath

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Bro I am not even gonna lie, you are all over the place in saying what you want. And you have had a lot of shit. I don't even know what could make you happy at this point. Maybe you just need to get with a custom builder that will work with you and really get down to your specs.
I have multiple guitars I'm happy with, FYI. Yeah, I go through Super Strats, for sure, and currently selling a PRS, but I have 2 of those, (overlap), an SG Standard, and an LP. The latter 3 I've had quite awhile, sir.
 

9985

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Current production hardtail Fender Strats are pretty limited, the Robert Cray MIM model & some higher end USA custom shop ones are all I'm aware of, (I'm ignoring bottom-end made in China Squier Bullet Strats) - someone else please chime in if there are others. The Robert Cray model is SSS, not routed for full size bridge humbucker, so you would need to use a mini humbucker or do some routing work. Other options - find a used hardtail Fender Strat from prior years (few will be routed for HSS), block the tremolo of another HSS Strat model, go with a non-Fender HSA superStrat with hardtail bridge.
 

cardinal

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You can piece together a hardtail H-S-S or H-H Strat with the Fender Mod Shop.

It's weird that will all of Fender's offerings, they don't actually offer the combination of things I'd really want.
 

zewango

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I went to GC to get a cheap MIM strat.

Walked out with the Ultra Stat it was awesome. Loved the neck shape and upgrades over a standard strat. Never thought I'd pay 2k for a Fender but was worth it.
 

JimAnsell

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there is a dude here on the classified selliing the black, american, double fat strat, that is the best deal on the net right now for a metal ready, US strat that 90% of metal players (who don't dive bomb every phrase) will be happy with. I've been kicking around just throwing it on a CC and thinking about it later. someone beat me to it. or it will, and my wife will kill me.
 

JimAnsell

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if you don't have the cut out for a humbucker, the dimarzio s-tone zone is a MONSTER humbucker, that gives any strat, serious balls without sounding harsh in any one direction.
 

napalmdeath

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there is a dude here on the classified selliing the black, american, double fat strat, that is the best deal on the net right now for a metal ready, US strat that 90% of metal players (who don't dive bomb every phrase) will be happy with. I've been kicking around just throwing it on a CC and thinking about it later. someone beat me to it. or it will, and my wife will kill me.
I looked at it!
 

napalmdeath

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I'm leaning towards a Charvel DK22 SSS 2PT. Fender just doesn't have anything decked out, and the stacked bridge pickup and 2 true singles check the boxes. I just hope the tuning issues many have complained about have been sorted. Seems like first runs were the turds. I got a special deal from ZZounds Im thinking of grabbing it.
 

Hamer95USA

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The 1987 black Fender Japan Contemporary Strat with a Kahler Spyder tremolo bridge and the 1998 candy apple red Fender Floyd Rose Classic Strat scratches my itch for the hard rock/metal genre. It took me awhile to find what I really liked after having different guitars over the years.

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cardinal

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Curious if you've tried the Charvel Selects? They have some hardtails with HSS that are really nicely made guitars.
 

GOHOINC

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How bout the Tom Morello strat¿ Just leave the sticker off it. It looks great, has a bridge rail bucker and 2 noiseless single coils. I guess it could get u the metal part but the Floyd might lose the strat part I suppose...

the Friedman vintage s is my favorite strat on the market, just swap in some Texas specials and a higher output humbucker and bobs your uncle, metal to srv.

I seem to recall you liking ltd's? Perhaps a snapper?
 

TheTrueZoltan!

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A couple of weeks ago I got lucky while scrolling through the classifieds and found a Fender Japan Modern Strat HH RW nearby, in absolutely great condition for a very good price. One of the best - if not THE best - gear purchases I have ever made.

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