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If you were putting your dream Strat together ...?

Piing

Forum Addict
I have no complains about my American Deluxe Stratocaster with Seymour Duncan SSL5 (bridge), Fender Custom Shop '69 (mid) and Fender Custom Shop FAT '57 (neck)

Well.. my only complains are that sometimes I want to play with an scalloped neck and sometimes I miss the EMG SA EXG/SPC pickups. So, I've bought a Fender MIM Deluxe Strat, scalloped the neck, installed the EMGs and an American Deluxe bridge. Now I have 2 dream Strats

ps: Blackmore scalloping. I prefer it over the Yngwie scalloping because I don't like the lower strings at the lower frets to be scalloped. As a matter of fact, my DIY scalloping at the lower string doesn't start until the 12th fret, so it is even more progressive scalloping than Blackmore's.
 
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Intheband

Inspired
It would be a traditional Strat. Not a fan of hybrids. Three single coils. Floating tremolo. I have a thin skin nitro and a custom shop. Love them both. I am currently in the market. Probably will be a custom shop. I really like the craftsmanship. I can’t put into words, you just know when you play it, it’s a custom. Color?, I can’t decide. I have a midnight blue and a tobacco burst. Rosewood board this time? Maybe. Why did you ask this question, this is getting complicated. I used to have a custom black with a brazialian neck, relic by John Cruz, man, what I’d give to have that back again!
 

Piing

Forum Addict
This could also be focused from the other side: if you were putting your dream Strat together... what things would you avoid?

- 6 screw tremolos. They need to be perfectly balanced, otherwise they do not always return to pitch. That is never a problem with a 2-point tremolo.

- Non-contoured heel. Contoured Heel facilitates the access to the last frets.

- Less than 21 frets

- Bent vitage-style saddles. I don't like the feel on the palm muter. I prefer block saddles.

- Screwed tremolo arms. Sometimes they do not stay in position when you need to grab it, it takes too long to insert/remove and you have to unplug the cord. I like the pop-in bar of the American Deluxe, with the screw to adjust the desired tension.

- Vintage tuners. Locking tuners are so easy to set, and trouble free to return to pitch after whammy bar abuse. I don't understand the hype for vintage tuners.

- Non-Strat headstocks. This goes for you, J. Mayer :p



Conclusion: Just an American Deluxe with your favorite pickups. Very easy!
 
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Intheband

Inspired
I like clay dots for the fret markers too. I like the quarter sawn and rift sawn options I’m finding on some guitars necks as well. On the relic option, I really like the heavy relic necks, the ones that are well worn on the back, kinda dark. Smooth as a pool stick. They are a dream to play! Not a fan of the worn down shoulder , they all look the same. Not looking to start a relic war here either. I like them all pretty much.
 

spagthorpe

Inspired
I don't know about ultimate, but my American Deluxe HSS is pretty close. White, maple fretboard, staggered tuners, compound neck.

I think it was said earlier in the thread, I don't think it's possible to have ONE ultimate strat. I think one vintage strat, one modern, one crazy.
 
I put the Eric Clapton Mod on my 2007 Strat Deluxe (Compound Radius w/Jumbo Frets) along w/a Callaham Block and Bent Saddles. I also use the Carl Verheyen Wammy Bar Setup...rock solid dives and drops w/the bar.
I use that “whammy” setup and never have issues. It absolutely works. For me the six screw sounds the best due to the direct contact to body. I admit the feel of two point is better but tone is more important to me. So the physics behind the setting of the springs and claw properly I never get any issues that others state here.
 
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