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Fender 60th Anniversary Stratocaster Guitars

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CBS bought Fender from Leo

CBS bought Fender from Leo Fender. FMIC bought Fender from CBS. One corporation to another corporation. Both mainly worried about continually increasing shareholder profits, above all else. Unfortunately the products are not nearly as high quality as they were in Leo's day.

Just curious. Any o' you guys into, like... music?


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Thats because real artists

Don't like to follow the rules....

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Karaoke for Strat players...

This song has everything but a guitar track. Plug right in and jam on it...


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Plug right in,and jam on it?
You're talking about the guitar,right?

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Well, at least I got my answer. I was beginning to wonder

if you guys were just interested in reading about, collecting, & comparing instruments vs. actually using them, such as to make music. But I'd like to point out, the jam session has just ONE rule: "there are no rules at the jam session."

Thinking of what might have given you the impression there were rules I could think of only two possibilities: 1) you somehow got hold of a copy of the Jam Session Book of Rules; and as that's not likely, 2) a genre of music you observed was missing. It's true, if you look at the following list http://www.musicgenreslist.com/ admittedly there is at least one with no representation at the jam session: Fitness & Exercise. Please believe me, it's a fluke. There's no rule against it!

Whether people visit regularly or just pop in now and then, it's nice that everyone brings different tastes & experiences - a nice way to expand our music horizons and, at the same time, get to better know some DP members w/a shared interest. Well, hope to see some of you over there bringing your own unique perspectives. Of course, you you're not allowed to post or even listen to songs unless you're an official member. Let me check the rule book, yes, new members are admitted on the 1st of every month. You'll need to wait until next week.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I try and try but just can't play Strats.

They apparently frustrated Jimi too...


I pre-ordered one.

Thought I would love it, treasure it, and save it as a collectors item, but...

It played terrible, the neck felt like a shovel handle, the pickups were thin and lifeless. Mind you, I have played true vintage Strats over the years, and this reissue has none of the mojo.

I wound up returning it.

If you want a 60th Anniversary Strat? Get the Commemorative not the Vintage.

Or if you want a Strat that has mojo already built in? Get an American Special or the Jeff Beck Signature models.

Just my opinion.

Neck like a shovel handle...LOL!

Really? In what way...was it an old dried out shovel with a rough finish or like a new shiny handle shovel...too much Lacquer/Clear Coat and kinda sticky?

Messes with your head when you lust after something and it is dead on arrival once you get it in your hands...kinda like a few chicks over the years that seemed soooooooooooo hot to the eye, but once I got them home...I couldn't, no matter the efforts to tune them up, play a freakin' note on them. ;-)

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

I've found that to be the case with most

Fender's these days. The craftsmanship just isn't really there anymore.

I have an early 90's Japanese Fender Jag, re-issue of the 60's Jag's, and that thing is the twangiest guitar I've ever played. I've found fenders made in the U.S from then till now to not be nearly as good though. The Japanese re-issue is the closest thing you can get to owning a 60's Jag, unless of course you own a 60's Jag.

I used to play with an Old Blues musician who had the sweetest Strat I've ever played, I think he must have bought it in the 70's, it was so perfectly worn and that thing just melted when you played it. He was my neighbor when I was growing up, I remember ripping blues all night in that shed of his ,all his old musician friends would stop by every once in awhile and play. He had pictures of him playing with Doc Watson, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, damn I miss those days.

Like I said below....

I am stuck in the 60's and 70's for the Big Name Guitars. I whole heartedly agree, they are simply the best and they only seem to getter better with age...I think that's because newer guitars just seem to suck. I paid $2,700.00 for a slightly used late Model Gibson J-45 ...meh

By the way, I have a picture of Muddy Waters....

It is of him passing me a joint as we got high in his RV behind a bar he was playing in north of Baltimore called the Four Corners Saloon...back in 1974...LOL. After the show, my buddy, a photographer, had reeled out the door of the bar, and as we were quite inebriated...and much to my surprise and horror, he walked up to a Winabago parked out back and just opened the door and frickn' walked in! I ran after him screaming WTF are you doing? ...only to find the whole band sitting there staring at us (Kinda like that scene outside the Prom in the Back to the Future Movie) Muddy looked up and said "Any of you white boys got any Reefer"?...to which we both looked at each other...smiled and sat down...whipping out a corn cob pipe, some rolling papers and a lid of seedy Mexican. We partied until early in the morning and as I was not a photographer...but I was a guitar player, I actually got to jam a little with him. Ahhhhh. Good Times, Good Times.

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Ive seen the 25 silver strat

Did they do a 50th?

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Yes they did. They actually were much better guitars IMHO.

It still looks

extraterrestrial, so I guess it's just that potent. 1954. What a year for release. A strat is fun to hold. It's light. It's kind of tinny, and weirdly weak, which is great through the right rig. This guy's rig sounds terrible.

Lot's of things last 60 years. What's he talking about? 60 years is young for great instruments.

Nice quote from David Gilmour.

Its amazing to me to hear the difference

even with the same set up

- A Les Paul
- A Telecaster
- A Strat
- A BC Rich
and so on and on

even the pick up combo's make each sound unique.

I have Joe Satriani Midnight Blue Ibenez with EMG pick ups and a Floyd Rose Tremolo... Line that up to a Strat and its so stark to hear the difference.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I've owned or own...

- A Les Paul
- An SG
- A Telecaster
- A Strat

and love them all but my favorite of all...and the one I'd part with last...


Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

*jaw drops to floor*

That's purty! That would be my choice too. I don't actually have one though. You have one! Good-onya! Closest I ever had was a Martin electric from the same year. I played a friend's Guild like yours and it was much nicer. The Gretsch equivalent is higher tech yet, but I still prefer the Guild. I actually have the Guild solid body sister to that guitar [1966], and I love her, but she doesn't make me drool like the hollow bodies.


I've never even seen the solid body! What is the Model called? Yes that V is really a sweet guitar. What a neck huh? I liked the Gretsch but for me, when I bought this one, the Gretsch didn't have as good of a name pedigree...we are talking 1973. I thought the Starfire looked cooler to. It was my third guitar. I started out with a new Gibson SG Jr. and later sold that and bought a used Guild Starfire III. The Starfire V was new as well. Can ya believe that? It actually sat unsold in a Red Bank New Jersey Music store for 8 years!!! I think they had gotten 10 or so from Hoboken in the end of '65 and this was the last of that bunch...cherry red.

Both the SG Jr. and the Starfire III had the short necks and were more for rhythm playing. The V was my first "Lead Guitar". Next came a Gibson SG wired stereophonically. (Zappa Fan back then) This was when I started owning more than one guitar... Nothing could ever remove me from playing the Starfire V and I've owned a lot of electric guitars over the years. I live about 7 miles from the PRS factory on Kent Island, MD.

Did you see the videos below of the Starfire V being played? The Phil X review is a nice tour although I'm not sure about Phil.

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Why is that?

Is beautiful but why is it the best for you? You're going up against some of the standards...

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

1st...The Neck...(1965)

The neck had less chord in the curvature (thinner) and the fingerboard was a touch wider giving it a very comfortable and easy to play (find and bend notes) stance for the hand. But the sound range is rather incredible. This is a very "solid" hollow body (heavy as shit) like the Les Paul with incredibly diverse tonal qualities and the hum bucking (guild version) pick-ups will take you from bass'y jazz to growling power chords quite nicely. Personally having also played an ES quite a few times, "Lucille" may look a lot like her, but the "Starfire" gets my vote. They are rare and pretty pricey now. Great Rock-Blues Guitar....really dude....she's an all-around badmuthufuka

I have had numerous acoustics and finally sold most off. I kept a Taylor 12 String...and one six string that I bought new in the early 80'. I kept it cuz hands down, it was and still is (actually it may be better now) the sweetest sounding and playing acoustic I have ever owned...and I've had quite a few and paid a bunch for some...you ain't gonna believe this....

Not my video but read the comments:
They only made them for a short while as they got in a tiff with Gibson over the Dove/bird inlays. (She's a good looker...and she likes a little make-up to impress the boys when she comes out) It was very high end for them in inlays (abalone & MOP) but the sound is wonderful and it is LOUD when you want it to be. I beat the shit out of it and it rings. I'd never buy one of theirs made after 1987....as never heard one I liked and quality went down...

Here's a guy playing a "dumbed down" version of it as like I said the pretty version got discontinued quickly over legal matters. But this one sounds very similar, maybe a bit tinter...really can't say for sure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJNfhgwhexI

I am NOT a fan of new guitars except the PRS's. And I tend to stay snobbishly in the 60's and 70's for the BIG NAME stuff. I'm fickle with them and if they don't draw me to them enough I go looking. As for the acoustics...that dreadnaught has taken on and beat all comers...I may get tempted and cheat...but I always come back to her...I truly love her and may even be buried with her.

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Nice breakdown!

Thanks for your thoughts...I want to watch the youtubes but not in a place where I can right now.

I like how you are a non traditionalist in your approach and scrutiny. Makes you an authentic axe man for sure...

More later after I watch

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Sure, no problem...love guitars...first saw it in Garcia's hands

Really, if there is a consignment or vintage guitar shop near you and you ever see one of these on the wall...snatch it down and spend some time with it (The Starfire V), As I said, they are rare to find and even rarer to find For Sale. But you'll "get it" as soon as you begin to play it...even without electricity. The Starfire 4 is close without the Bixby. You just want to stay in the 60's to early 70's on these. Seems all of them in the Big Name category have had their ups and downs...moving factories and changing ownership. When Guild was in Hoboken they were phenomenal after that ...meh.

Guitars, as I'm sure you are aware, have their individuality even between same year and Model but the old Names - Gibson, Fender, Guild, Martin seemed to carry a consistency across their lines that you could count on. This doesn't seem to be the case now. In fact, as to acoustics, now they seem "dead". Like on that Yamaha...you would be amazed at the sustain as it would still be making noise for noticeable seconds after that Gibson J-45 had gone silent and you can "feel" it.

Which one of these is your "Baby"?

BTW - I just found this video of a Starfire V walk through...the guy is kinda wacky in a Jack Black knda way, but he is also pretty entertaining in the same way, and really gives you a full spectrum tour of the guitar He says it weighs 7.9 lbs. in the info section...sure feels heavier than that to me... Uses it to play Highway to Hell with a band in the end of the video.


Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?