NGD, ya, I thought I was done buying guitars….

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by radd, Nov 23, 2021.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Been hunting for one of these for over a year, very difficult to find in the color I fell in love with. Sweetwater finally got some in..



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    Fender American Pro 2 Strat in Mystic Surf Green.

    Green is to Radd as blue is to @drmilktruck
    Surf Green, Cadillac Green and even British Racing Green, love um’

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    Simply stunning. Very high quality American made with a gloss non sticky body and a great satin neck. The 2nd tone knob is a push push to engage the neck pickup with the other switch positions.

    Wonderful deep C neck, not thin, not thick, really nice. It has the best rolled fingerboard edges and fret ends I have ever played without causing the E strings to push off the board.

    The trem was not set up well. I think two point terms do well when set floating and parallel to the body. It is not difficult to do but is very time consuming as you do the dance between all the adjustments that effect it.

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    If you ever bought a new Strat, you know this drill. Pealing the protective film off with all the screws, knobs and switches….Takes some time.

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  2. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

    915
    Jun 12, 2012
    England
    Now that is a beautiful Strat'

    Congrats, enjoy it!
     
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  3. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    The case is Chinese and well made, fits the guitar well but it suffers from a problem I experienced before with a Chinese case, out gassing smell. I had this with a Dreadnought case and the bare wood inside the guitar absorbed the odor and the guitar took some time to dissipate the odor. The case never stopped smelling.

    This case’s odor is not to unpleasant but I will leave it open in the garage for a few weeks.

    The highly finished Strat absorbed none of the odor, thank goodness.
     
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Age:
    62
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Nice Radd , congratulations
     
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  5. WingZero

    WingZero Electromatic

    50
    Oct 21, 2021
    Québec City, Canada
    reaaaally nice,
    best neck you can get IMO
     
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Age:
    56
    Oct 18, 2015
    Germany
    What a beauty! Wonderful colour...And I like to hear that the neck has a little deeper profile. Usually there are mostly flat-D-profiles around today.
     
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  7. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Nice guitar, if the smell has not subsided after a couple of weeks, trying spraying urine be gone (typically used for pet stains), on the inside of the case. Let it dry after a few days, and vacuum the case. I have had a lot of success with the product, every thing from old must/mildew to nauseating new, has seemed to work well for me. If weather permits, leaving outside and let the UV rays perform their magic also helps.
     
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  8. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Congrats!
     
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  9. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    "Thought I was done buying..." I had the same idea quite a few guitars ago - but what the heck, you can stop whenever you want, right?

    Gorgeous Strat. Enjoy the fiddling with it, and ultimately the playing!
    (Fwiw, I found adding a third spring helped years ago with a strat I had...)
    Congrats!
     
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  10. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Age:
    51
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats Radd,lovely colour!
     
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  11. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Congrats. Enjoy that sweetheart
     
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  12. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Congrats on the new strat, I'm sure that would look great next to the one you built not long ago.
     
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  13. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    I got offered more than it cost to build so I parted with it :eek:
     
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  14. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    That's awesome lol, I would've done the same. Well that shows that you know how to put a guitar together.
     
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  15. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Just a testament to your attention to detail, you do have a sharp eye for style and class. Enjoy the new baby!
     
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  16. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Thanks for the nice words, but it is actually soooooo simple to do. Leo really created some amazing guitars that a person can do almost anything with.

    I love Olympic White and almost built another one but decided I did not need to repeat that experience.

    It was nice looking….

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  17. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Congrats! For new cases I often keep a charcoal pack in it for a year or to absorb the smell.
     
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  18. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Congratulations on the new Strat - that's a great colour!
     
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  19. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    65
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Congrats Radd. These are absolutely wonderful guitars. I've had my Miami Blue one for about a year and am constantly floored by it.
     
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  20. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    74
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Constrats Radd!
     
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