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samsmithnz
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USA
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Posted - 01/04/2004 :  15:31:13  Show Profile  Visit samsmithnz's Homepage
I'm looking at buying a new guitar, and I've decided to buy a Fender Strat. But I can't decide on the standard model, or the Fat model (with extra/different pickups).

What do you guys think? Which one is better?

TheCroutonFuton
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USA
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Posted - 01/04/2004 :  15:33:42  Show Profile  Visit TheCroutonFuton's Homepage
hmm...the fat model will have more versatility. A much wider range of tones. So that's probably your best bet.

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PsychicTwin
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USA
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Posted - 01/05/2004 :  07:14:08  Show Profile  Visit PsychicTwin's Homepage
I agree w/ Mr. Crouton-

I think the Fat will give you a much wider palette of tones

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Cookie
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USA
82 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2004 :  07:22:23  Show Profile
If you like harder-edged music, like the Pixies, than the double-coil/humbucker would be the way to go. Single coil pickups, the standard strat pickup, have a lower output and pick-up RF interference/hum at high volumes and/or at high levels of distortion. The advantage to single coil pickups is that they have a more "transparent" or "glassy" sound at lower volumes.

You can always buy an after-market humbucker (I like Seymour Duncan) for around 80-90 bucks, and replace the original single coil.
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samsmithnz
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Posted - 01/05/2004 :  12:34:52  Show Profile  Visit samsmithnz's Homepage
Thanks for the tips guys. Think I'll pick up a fat strat then. Theres no point in buying a standard and replacing the pickup, as a fat strat is only $100 more anyway.

thanks

Sam
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marcusb
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USA
289 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2004 :  13:55:02  Show Profile
I personally like the my standard strat.. if you want real humbucker tone I think you should get something other than a strat, but thats just my personal opinion. The important thing for you is to go play one and find out what you like.

I once killed a boy with a Fender guitar
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