Fender has finally built what I consider the perfect Strat.

Discussion in 'Other Squiers' started by Bear, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Bear

    Bear Squier-holic

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    Go to the Fender site and look at the American Professional Series. This is the one I would want.

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  2. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-holic

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  3. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    But it's not orange Bear..
     
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  4. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

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    How about a cold rolled steel trem block would be nice, looks kinda wimpy in the picture ...
     
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  5. Acidhouse

    Acidhouse Squier-holic

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    The reviews are coming in very favorably. I hate that the Elites now cost what an Am Series Deluxe cost back in the day and I'm not a huge fan of the color selection for the initial year. Other than black, white and burst, there are no traditional Strat colors. Those are my only complaints though. Other than that, I think FMIC knocked it out of the park with the Elites and Professional Series.
     
  6. radiotech

    radiotech Squier-holic

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    I love that this is catagorized under "Other Squiers" :D ;)
     
  7. Treynor

    Treynor Squier-holic

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    I really need to play one. IMO, the Custom Shop Fat '50s in the recently retired American Standard series are incredibly good PU's.
     
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  8. jskeen

    jskeen Squier-holic

    Feb 9, 2016
    Texas
    So what it is about these specifically that Blows your skirt up, PapaBear? Just a combination of the stuff you like and lack of anything you don't in general, or have they introduced something new on this particular incarnation?
     
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  9. Bear

    Bear Squier-holic

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    OOPS! I meant to start the thread in other guitars.

    I like the deep "C" neck with the 9.5" radius, the mixed AlNiCo pickups, the treble bleed circuit and the pop in tremolo arm. Plus I really like the green with black pickguard and parchment plastic.
     
  10. jskeen

    jskeen Squier-holic

    Feb 9, 2016
    Texas
    I Hear ya there. I've started playing around with mixing al2 and al5 poles in the last couple batches of pickups I've done. Gives lots more tonal options to dial in. It's just a question of figuring out what combination gives which results consistantly, then matching them up with the right guitar (and customer) :)
     
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  11. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    RI
    Don't forget the BearClaws. s-l1600 (2).jpg
     
  12. so1om

    so1om Squier-holic

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    Is that different than the American Standard? I don't keep up on details.
     
  13. Acidhouse

    Acidhouse Squier-holic

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    The Am Standard has once again been retired. The AmStd has been replaced with the Elite and the Deluxe is replaced with the Professional. The Professional is now going for $2k.
     
  14. Treynor

    Treynor Squier-holic

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  15. Pat V.

    Pat V. Squier-holic

    Nov 21, 2014
    North America
    I agree. That's a great looking guitar Bear! I've now played a dozen or so of the new American Professionals (Strat, Tele, Jag, Jazzmaster) and I have to say I really like them a lot. They are officially on my radar.

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  16. radiotech

    radiotech Squier-holic

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    That neck is prettt pale... could use some kiwi ;)
     
  17. squierTony

    squierTony Squier-holic

    Jul 4, 2012
    seminole Oklahoma
    How many Squiers can u buy for the price of one of these. ;)
     
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  18. Jim Belaye

    Jim Belaye Squier-holic

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    I really like this color... Antique Olive
     
  19. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

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    May 29, 2014
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    I think it's a wonderful thing when an "old" company such as Fender can refresh a long-standing design well enough to make it attractive to a guy with Bear's taste and experience.

    Since I am not inherently a Strat guy I suppose I am not the target for an instrument.

    Yes, I presently own a Strat -- and have been playing it aplenty. Its a 12 year old Affinity to which I added a loaded pickguard from a CV and a Fender classic style trem unit. It plays and looks sweet.

    And I own and have owned more than a couple of Fenders. Old USA models. Post CBS USA and Mexican. None has done for me what this American Professional does for Bear.

    I look and all I see is another Strat with a too, too pale neck.

    Poor Fender? No, poor me.

    Hey, the won over Bear! What more could they hope for?

    :)

    -don
     
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  20. Acidhouse

    Acidhouse Squier-holic

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    Birmingham . . . Alabama
    Scratch that, they are so new I can't even get them straight. The Professional replaces the Standard and the Elite replaces the Deluxe and me, I'm still on the hunt for a decent priced Am. Series. I guess since it's two changes back it's now considered Vintage. ;)