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    NGD: Going back to my roots.



    So I just picked up a 1998 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster in substantial condition.

    I started on a Black Squier Strat and this is the first Strat I've ever bought. The Squier was a gift from my parents.

    I don't like many U.S. Strats because I production can be all over the place with them. But there have been a few American Deluxe's I've loved.
    This was the first year of them and of course I'm using my SLO with a Rat Pedal kicked in later. This Strat has got some "Ummmphh" to it.

    Enjoy and God Bless!

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    Congrats man. Gotta live a good strat. Classic.

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        #4
        Nice geetar!

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          #5
          Thanks guys!
          I'll try to get some pics up! It's a transparent finish.

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            #6
            Congrats!
            Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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              #7
              Nice! my first electric was a squier strat, somedays kind of wonder what happened to it.

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                #8
                Originally posted by 7 Dying Trees View Post
                Nice! my first electric was a squier strat, somedays kind of wonder what happened to it.
                Thankfully, I still got mine.

                I always talked about upgrading it because it was always a great guitar even now.
                Just needs a better bridge and tuners really. Squier's are always solid for what they are especially those old Japanese ones.

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                  #9
                  Nice. I haven't owned an actual Fender for a while, but the new line is making me interested again. Much more like the era yours is from.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Mike View Post
                    Nice. I haven't owned an actual Fender for a while, but the new line is making me interested again. Much more like the era yours is from.
                    Some of them are cool! I was really digging the all rosewood necks that came out a couple of years ago.
                    The necks on the new ones aren't my favorite but they feel solid overall.
                    I've been drawn to several American Deluxe's. I really like soft V-Neck that came out a few years ago, that guitar was magical and an Ash body one I played screamed tone.
                    I'd just wish aside from the HM that they would make a normal Strat with 24 frets like they made for Greg Howe. I think that would be so wicked.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Ghost. View Post
                      I'd just wish aside from the HM that they would make a normal Strat with 24 frets like they made for Greg Howe. I think that would be so wicked.
                      Right?!



                      My first electric was also a black Squier Stratocaster, I understand it may be in Australia now. :|

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                        #12
                        Nice score! I think every guitar player should have a Strat in their arsenal.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Dominic View Post

                          Right?!



                          My first electric was also a black Squier Stratocaster, I understand it may be in Australia now. :|
                          Tremendous. But yeah, this is Epic. The Red one but even that Tele has 24 frets! Absurdly cool.

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                          Shawn No kidding. A proper one to make the right broken blues tones come out!

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                            If doesn't scream "America!" I don't know what does. This was our 4th of July with my buddies. I brought out my SLO and cranked half-way up in the middle of the country playing the National Anthem, Van Halen, Whitesnake and "Amazing Grace" for all my fellow church-folk. It was so loud it was reflecting back off the woods. Incredible.

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                            It maybe hard to tell. But it's transparent. Beautiful color.

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                              Change all the plastic to black and I've got its twin

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Ghost. View Post

                                Tremendous.
                                Yeah, it was, but I wore the frets out in under a year of playing and a new guitar was cheaper than a refret. Here it is plastered in MTB stickers (the triangular one pointing at the 19th fret says "No passing zone" – I'm here all week, try the veal!), with its replacement, the Pacifica, which I still have:



                                Originally posted by Ghost. View Post
                                But yeah, this is Epic. The Red one but even that Tele has 24 frets! Absurdly cool.
                                Did he not also have a white one? Or was that a HM Strat with the Gibson scale length?

                                Originally posted by Ghost. View Post
                                No kidding. A proper one to make the right broken blues tones come out!
                                I'm consoling myself with one marked "REPLICA" Chris

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                                I've still got quite a bit of work to do on it to optimise the set-up and then there's the rabbit hole of how to boost the thing for those high-gain tones... I can see a Sunset in my future...

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