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MIM Fender Stratocaster, Brown Sunburst £299.99, Approx £308 delivered @ Andertons
MIM Fender Stratocaster, Brown Sunburst £299.99, Approx £308 delivered @ Andertons

MIM Fender Stratocaster, Brown Sunburst £299.99, Approx £308 delivered @ Andertons

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ANDERTONS HAVE BULK PURCHASED THE VERY LAST OF THE 2008 STANDARD STRATS. ALMOST IDENTICALLY FEATURED TO THE 2009 BUT £100 LESS MONEY. ONLY WHILST STOCKS LAST.

The Fender Standard Stratocaster does exactly what it says on the tin - it sets the standard for all other guitars to follow. The Standard Strats are made out of Fender's hi-tech production facility in Mexico.

This enables Fender to produce a high quality guitar, but at an affordable price. Most other manufacturers have to make their affordable guitars in the Far East, whereas Fender are making theirs about 5 hours drive from their Californian based HQ!

This is such a clever move for Fender as they are able to manage the Mexican plant in a far more hands on way than they could if the plant was in China - this results in a consistently well made range of guitars that are extremely well priced.


In 2006 the Standard Strat had a few upgrades made to it. Firstly the neck had the edges smoothed off (like the USA made ones) & the frets were replaced with slightly larger fret wire - this also is common on the USA models & is generally preferred to the skinny frets.

The trem block was enlarged & this adds a little sustain to the guitar. New finishes were made available & the guitar now comes with a Fender Gig Bag.

As always you have the choice of a maple (the light colour) or a rosewood (the dark colour) fret board. The difference between the two is quite subtle, with the maple board having a slightly brighter tone than the rosewood board.

The maple board also has a slightly smoother feel straight out the box, whereas the rosewood board takes a little time to play in. However, the rosewood board is harder wearing & will not discolour over time like the maple one will.

A lot of first time players will chose the fret board wood based on the colour & thats fine to do too as the difference between the two is not massive!

Here's what Fender say about the Standard Strat

Fast-action maple neck, comfort-contoured alder body, three single-coil pickups and standard synchronized tremolo - it's where the tradition began and still carries on today. Available with your choice of a maple or rosewood fingerboard.

Model Name Standard Stratocaster (Upgrade)
Series Standard Series
Colour Brown Sunburst
Neck Maple, Modern "C" Shape.
Fingerboard Rosewood or Maple, 9.5" Radius (241mm)
No. of Frets 21, Medium Jumbo
Pickups 3 Standard Single-Coil Strat Pickups (Ceramic Magnets)
Bridge Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Machine Heads Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 3-Ply White
Scale Length 25.5" (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Accessories Standard Gig Bag

Cheapest I have been able to find, this years model is £389 so this is a bargain. Says only 10 left though.

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Seems a pretty good deal, especially for a first-hand instrument. These tend not to go for below £250 in the second-hand market, so even if you decide to sell, you're not losing much. Personally, I'd buy a G&L instead, but if you want one from Leo's old company, this isn't a bad choice. Oh, and random trivia: The difference between Fender US and Fender Mexico? 30 miles.

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LMFAO! :w00t:

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"hi-tech......mexico"...for some reason I laughed at that. Good guitar tho. And very nice price.

dxx;4483419

Seems a pretty good deal, especially for a first-hand instrument. These … Seems a pretty good deal, especially for a first-hand instrument. These tend not to go for below £250 in the second-hand market, so even if you decide to sell, you're not losing much. Personally, I'd buy a G&L instead, but if you want one from Leo's old company, this isn't a bad choice. Oh, and random trivia: The difference between Fender US and Fender Mexico? 30 miles.



I'm just a biff on this subject, but I bought the Sunburst Fender Squire SE last week for my lad as a starter pack. He seems happy enough and it was £175 deliverd from ebay.

shop.ebay.co.uk/mer…t=0

Great price. If you want to be **** the original Strats never came in 2-tone 'burst with a rosewood neck; it was maple. Rosewood was 3-tone. I'll get back in my box now :-)

Pair it up with the Champ 600, that also seems the cheapest I can find it at £100, and you've got a great combo.

:thumbsup:

Moby;4489379

I'm just a biff on this subject, but I bought the Sunburst Fender Squire … I'm just a biff on this subject, but I bought the Sunburst Fender Squire SE last week for my lad as a starter pack. He seems happy enough and it was £175 deliverd from ebay. http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/bobsuff?_nkw=Fender+Squier+SE+Special+Electric+Guitar+Pack+3+colours&_sacat=0&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270.l1313&_odkw=&_osacat=0



The Squire is the very low end budget range of Fender guitars. Not really comparible to be honest.

Not really a fan of Fender, prefer mega fast Japanese guitars personally but this is a very nice price point. Have some heat.

Pair this with a roland cube and you will have a decent beginner setup/

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i can't beleive this thread hasn't been ambushed by people who buy guitar starter kits with the rest of their shopping in asda.

Nice guitar, even if u don't play, put it up on a wall or something just in case someone who can play comes over. sound investment. heat.

Civic EG6;4490766

Pair this with a roland cube and you will have a decent beginner setup/



I play a Cube60 with a Korg AX3000G and the tone rocks with my Ibanez Prestige.

The Cube Black face model would sound very nice with one of these me thinks:thumbsup:

bob !!

I dont think the price is gonna increaase in the long run. The only guitars that tend to increase as time passes is some Gibson's and maybe one or two Zemaitis.

doomterrier;4491112

i can't beleive this thread hasn't been ambushed by people who buy guitar … i can't beleive this thread hasn't been ambushed by people who buy guitar starter kits with the rest of their shopping in asda. Nice guitar, even if u don't play, put it up on a wall or something just in case someone who can play comes over. sound investment. heat.

Just to add some controversy to the thread while im drunk,,,

you know Fender isn't really Fender anymore, G&L is really a fender

cRuNcHiE;4491813

Just to add some controversy to the thread while im drunk,,,you know … Just to add some controversy to the thread while im drunk,,,you know Fender isn't really Fender anymore, G&L is really a fender



But Leo died in 91.
US and Japan build Fender normally hold their values, just like Gibsons, Gretsch and others. MIM are ok, definitely better build than Korean, Chinese and India ones.
If Andertons do have them in stock, and you don't want to bother actually trying before buying it, it might worth checking sites that to price matching such as dolphinmusic or soundslive.

dxx;4483419

Oh, and random trivia: The difference between Fender US and Fender … Oh, and random trivia: The difference between Fender US and Fender Mexico? 30 miles.



Sorry but I've got to disagree.

Pick up a 'proper' American fender and a Mexican one and you can tell the difference straight away.

The quality, weight and balance of the American model is just so undeniably and grossly superior.

There's a hell of a good reason why the Mexican Fender (largely machined) is so much less expensive than the 'real' American one
(and it has nothing - much - to do with the cost of wages or running the factory in either location).

Quality parts hand assembled costs. Always has done and always will.

Personally when I bought recently (and having no way on earth of justifying the extortionate price of a 'real' Strat) I choose a top of the line Squire Fender (if you can imagine such a thing).
You still get a genuine 'Fender' licenced product and all the Fender cues & influences (if that means so much to you) but it was about £100 less than the Mexican Fender.
I honestly rate it as a better guitar too.

They are being clever with their name - maybe too clever - and they are diluting it.

But for all that, pick up a 'proper' American Strat and I defy anyone to honestly say they could do a blindfold test & that there'd be no discernable difference.

Civic EG6;4491671

I dont think the price is gonna increaase in the long run. The only … I dont think the price is gonna increaase in the long run. The only guitars that tend to increase as time passes is some Gibson's and maybe one or two Zemaitis.



The Mexican Fenders are a decent low- mid range guitar but I agree, they are not going to appreciate in value (although they may hold their value a bit better than other low - mid range guitars).

The 'real' American Fenders on the otherhand are just like 'real' Gibsons, they do appreciate and do hold their (high) value.

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Just to update mine has arrived and I love it.
In response to some of the comments - this guitar definately will not appreciate in value but could be sold on for a minimal loss in the future. The difference between MIM and american fenders is hotly debated from what I can gather the american ones have a slightly better finish, which seems hard to believe looking at it, and better electrics, which you will only appreciate if you plug it into a comparably expensive tube amp (and nicer colors to choose from). It also costs £700-1300. But for my playing level and more importantly amp the MIM is going to be just fine.

Gixxerman001;4492096

Sorry but I've got to disagree.Pick up a 'proper' American fender and a … Sorry but I've got to disagree.Pick up a 'proper' American fender and a Mexican one and you can tell the difference straight away.The quality, weight and balance of the American model is just so undeniably and grossly superior.There's a hell of a good reason why the Mexican Fender (largely machined) is so much less expensive than the 'real' American one (and it has nothing - much - to do with the cost of wages or running the factory in either location).Quality parts hand assembled costs. Always has done and always will.Personally when I bought recently (and having no way on earth of justifying the extortionate price of a 'real' Strat) I choose a top of the line Squire Fender (if you can imagine such a thing).You still get a genuine 'Fender' licenced product and all the Fender cues & influences (if that means so much to you) but it was about £100 less than the Mexican Fender.I honestly rate it as a better guitar too.They are being clever with their name - maybe too clever - and they are diluting it.But for all that, pick up a 'proper' American Strat and I defy anyone to honestly say they could do a blindfold test & that there'd be no discernable difference. The Mexican Fenders are a decent low- mid range guitar but I agree, they are not going to appreciate in value (although they may hold their value a bit better than other low - mid range guitars).The 'real' American Fenders on the otherhand are just like 'real' Gibsons, they do appreciate and do hold their (high) value.



Some interesting points there. What Squire did you go for in the end?

Also cant really agree that a USA made modern Strats or Les Pauls (LP) are going to appreciate. Sure old classics like '63 strats and and 59LP's will - but you could buy a second hand USA made Strat or LP from the 1990s or 2000's for less than they retailed for.

If you get one, then get a Fender Blues Junior valve amp to go with it. Sounds great.

Can any of you amp aficionados give me links to the amps you mentioned please? I have a 1991 Japanese Strat but have had 2 different amps over a few years (bought from Argos - slap myself!) but neither sounded very good. I don't wanna blow the doors off but do want a decent sound, maybe for £100 or not much more... any ideas?

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Amp for £100 I would recommend a roland cube 15W you can probably pick one up for £70 Good clean and with a few effects to play with.

El Siccse;4495532

Amp for £100 I would recommend a roland cube 15W you can probably pick … Amp for £100 I would recommend a roland cube 15W you can probably pick one up for £70 Good clean and with a few effects to play with.



Thanks. I just have but I am leaning towards the 20x for £130. My past 2 amps were in the £50 quid range so I'm thinking I probably need to spend over £100 to get a better quality sound. I should really follow my own advice and find a local guitar shop!

phatbhoy;4493575

Some interesting points there. What Squire did you go for in the end?



One of these - guitarampkeyboard.com/en/…268
http://www.zikinf.com/_gfx/matos/dyn/large/squier-standard-stratocaster-black-and-chrome-special-edition.jpg

Lovely guitar it is too (anyone who says 'fashion victim' is very very hurtful and mean :P ).

phatbhoy;4493575

Also cant really agree that a USA made modern Strats or Les Pauls (LP) … Also cant really agree that a USA made modern Strats or Les Pauls (LP) are going to appreciate.



Well fair enough, I guess 'hold their value' is the more accurate comment, for now. But I'd bet a decent bit of wedge that in 10, 15 or 20yrs time you'd be looking at a 'classic' price.

phatbhoy;4493575

you could buy a second hand USA made Strat or LP from the 1990s or 2000's … you could buy a second hand USA made Strat or LP from the 1990s or 2000's for less than they retailed for.



I'm sure you're right but the funny thing is that I found some Strats that were supposed to be American ones going for about £500 and every time something just wasn't right about them and I walked away.

loonyjetman;4495303

Can any of you amp aficionados give me links to the amps you mentioned … Can any of you amp aficionados give me links to the amps you mentioned please?



As a small practice amp the little Marshall was a surprising star turn when I saw & heard one, sounded like decent value too.

For myself I am addicted to the Roland JC 50.
But that's a 12" unit that needs turning up, not turning down
(difficult in the oridinary home environment at most hours of the day)
The distortion is horrible (but I don't worry about that, a decent effects unit will be streets ahead in that dept on many if not most) but the chorus is outstandingly glorious, the reverb isn't bad and the clean sound is for my (limited) money as good as it gets.

El Siccse;4495532

Amp for £100 I would recommend a roland cube 15W you can probably pick … Amp for £100 I would recommend a roland cube 15W you can probably pick one up for £70 Good clean and with a few effects to play with.



Have to second that. Great stuff for very little money.

However I note looneyjetman has about £130 to spend so you might want to stretch to a Vox Vatvetronix AD30VT - I have one (30 watts of power) and its incredible.

Gixxerman001;4496911

One of these - http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/squier-/71268Lovely … One of these - http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/squier-/71268Lovely guitar it is too (anyone who says 'fashion victim' is very very hurtful and mean :P )..



It certainly is a looker. The thing with these squires seems to be that its hit or miss with the quality control - so better to buy local where you can try it first -but sounds like you got a good one.

If you guys want a Squier, i recommend the Squier Classic Vibe series. The coreans one normally have a better quality control than the others, since they come from one factory, unlike the chinese, india and indonesian ones.
As for amp, you might want a valve one, the epiphone valve jr and peavey nano sounds really good for a small amp, and you get good sound with a strats.

phatbhoy;4497515

Have to second that. Great stuff for very little money.However I note … Have to second that. Great stuff for very little money.However I note looneyjetman has about £130 to spend so you might want to stretch to a Vox Vatvetronix AD30VT - I have one (30 watts of power) and its incredible.



Cool, I will have to go on an amp-trying mission this weekend and compare valves to circuits, taking my little notebook with the mentioned amps in this thread. Thanks guys

El Siccse;4495532

Amp for £100 I would recommend a roland cube 15W you can probably pick … Amp for £100 I would recommend a roland cube 15W you can probably pick one up for £70 Good clean and with a few effects to play with.



It's fair to say that if you want to get your guitar to really sound how a Strat should, it has to be the Blues Junior by Fender. £350 though... :oops:

Gixxerman001;4492096

Sorry but I've got to disagree.Pick up a 'proper' American fender and a … Sorry but I've got to disagree.Pick up a 'proper' American fender and a Mexican one and you can tell the difference straight away.The quality, weight and balance of the American model is just so undeniably and grossly superior.There's a hell of a good reason why the Mexican Fender (largely machined) is so much less expensive than the 'real' American one (and it has nothing - much - to do with the cost of wages or running the factory in either location).Quality parts hand assembled costs. Always has done and always will.Personally when I bought recently (and having no way on earth of justifying the extortionate price of a 'real' Strat) I choose a top of the line Squire Fender (if you can imagine such a thing).You still get a genuine 'Fender' licenced product and all the Fender cues & influences (if that means so much to you) but it was about £100 less than the Mexican Fender.I honestly rate it as a better guitar too.They are being clever with their name - maybe too clever - and they are diluting it.But for all that, pick up a 'proper' American Strat and I defy anyone to honestly say they could do a blindfold test & that there'd be no discernable difference. The Mexican Fenders are a decent low- mid range guitar but I agree, they are not going to appreciate in value (although they may hold their value a bit better than other low - mid range guitars).The 'real' American Fenders on the otherhand are just like 'real' Gibsons, they do appreciate and do hold their (high) value.



Well, yeah, but I think you'll find that if you look on a map, I'm right.

sheds;4499693

If you guys want a Squier, i recommend the Squier Classic Vibe series. … If you guys want a Squier, i recommend the Squier Classic Vibe series. The coreans one normally have a better quality control than the others, since they come from one factory, unlike the chinese, india and indonesian ones.As for amp, you might want a valve one, the epiphone valve jr and peavey nano sounds really good for a small amp, and you get good sound with a strats.



That Epi Valve Jr does look like an interesting amp. I ordered one a little while ago, only it was never delivered. Goddamn DV247. Might well order another, if I can justify it with overtime next week.

Ordered the Junior blues with this on Grenfelds recomendation it should be purely macai mint!!!

received tonight, up and running what a setup cheers for the post... and Greenfeld cheers for the recommendation of amp!!!!!!!

ACE

mine came yesterday and i have to say its fantastic. there is absolutely no difference between this and an American strat. i have been playing guitar on and off for a number of years and have owned and sold many many guitars in that time. I am not an expert by any means but can honestly say that this is the best guitar i have ever played. I have played an american strat and loved it but could never afford the outlay to buy one. To be honest i did not even know that fender had a manufacturing plant in mexico.

I have also owned a squier and have to say that this mexican strat is in a different league to that. it looks and feels amazing, very high quality paint work, the frets are highly finished ie no sharp points, the action was perfect out of the box - very low action which i love and no buzzing frets.

i have never once owned a guitar which did have at some point on its neck a fret that did not buzz no matter how high i raised the action. this strat however plays like a dream all along the fret board even with the low action.

i just wish i had heard of this guitar before as i would have snapped one up years ago. the strat sound is the best in the world in my humble opinion and even through a ****** amp this baby sings.

also these are the 2008 models (checked the serial number with fender usa).

i set this up last night at 8.00 and was still playing some 5 hours later - the time disappeared

big big thanks to the poster who spotted this, you have made an old man very happy indeed..

FGEvans;4558824

. there is absolutely no difference between this and an American strat. … . there is absolutely no difference between this and an American strat. ...



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I have played an American strat and its certainly not worth twice the money over the standard strat. There may be small differences i grant you but not a lot

the gap in quality between these types of strat is closing every year. to the majority of players and i dont mean beginners as i am certainly above that class these fenders offer the opportunity of playing a very nice guitar for very little money (in the scheme of things).

Obviously the pick ups on the mexican start are not as good as the american strat but the sound the standard strat makes are unrecognizablly strat like. i have played this through a bog standard practice amp and it makes me smile every time i hear it.

i have owned a number of squire's and have never played one that was as good to play or sounded as good as this standard strat.

Just to add my 2 cents on the AD30 advisement. I say, NO, to that amp since I tested them alongside, practically, every other AD amp in the Vox range.

I originally bought an AD50 1x12 and was happy with it. Bought it on a whim and it was a good purchase. Then bought 2 AD30's for my Brian May stereo delay setup. It worked well enough, but the sound of just playing normal stuff through a single AD30 didn't match the rich sound I got from the AD50.

I also tested the AD60 and AD50 2x12 and neither matched the great sound of the AD50 1x12. I sold those and bought another AD50 1x12 and was very happy from then on. I bought both my AD50's from Ebay and they've all been around £125! So, well priced if you look for them.

I have to admit, the Valve Junior is supposed to be excellent! In fact, I think I may have heard a recording someone made and it sounded like an overdriven AC30! Man...I should really get one!! lol

Oh, and if you did get an AD50 amp, it's worth unscrewing the back panel to make it open back. Suddenly the sound becomes smoother and less honky. I found that out after doing this on the AD30's.:thumbsup:

Damn you DXX - I'd never heard anything about G&L before (life long Fender Jazz fan too) & since investigating, soooooooo want an El Toro!! That's now 2 sleepless nights in a row trying to find one............ So,once again, damn you & THANK YOU VERY MUCH

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