Mexican Stratocasters have earned a reputation of being quality guitars at a pretty decent price.
Yo, I’m Tony Coke from the band Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs. It was Christmas 1992, I was 14 years old, and I asked Santa for a electric guitar. What was under the tree when I woke up that morning???? A 1959 Gibson Les Paul! No, just kidding lol. It was a brand new Fender Stratocaster, made in Mexico. A white cream in color with maple neck and fret board. I thought it was perfect! Well, I thought it was perfect for a few months, then I decided I wanted an old beat up looking Strat like Stevie Ray Vaughn. I took a sander to the body. My mom wanted to kill me.
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Looking back, this really was the perfect guitar for me. It was cheap enough that my mom could afford it and still not kill me when I dented, scratched, or sanded it. But more importantly, it was good enough to play well for many, many years, even through the hell a teenager like me put it through.
Straight from the factory, via Guitar Center, this Strat played great. I didn’t realize that it actually was a good guitar. I saw made in Mexico and figured it was cheap and crappy, but I didn’t care. I liked the way it sounded and the way it felt and the way it played.
I played on it exactly as it was for years. When I was 17 or 18, I saved up my pennies and bought a B.C. Rich. Why? Because it looked cool of course. I quickly found out that I preferred playing my MIM strat. This is when I started realizing, this guitar I have abused for the last 4 years is actually a really good guitar!
It’s in my nature to mess with stuff. Cars, electronics, computers, whatever it is, I eventually want to tear it apart and modify it. My Mexican Strat is no exception. I don’t know how many different pickups I’ve tried in this guitar. Currently there is a Seymour Duncan humbucker in the bridge, some kind of aftermarket telecaster pickup in the middle position and an original pickup from a 1965 Stat in the neck. Honestly, it doesn’t sound any better than the original pickups that came with the guitar. The humbucker is pretty hot as you might expect, but the old 1965 strat pickup, which is worth more than the guitar itself by far, doesn’t sound as orgasmic as I thought it would. It’s just not as clear as the factory neck pickup. Anyway the point is, in my opinion, the electronics are great from the factory on the Mexican Fender guitars, at least the early ones like I have.
If you are thinking about getting a Mexican Strat, I say go for it. If you get a chance, sit down and play a few and see if one says to you, “I am your guitar!” But you will also be fine if you decided to buy a new one online.
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Currently I have 20 something guitars, Gibson, Epiphone, B.C. Rich, Robin, etc.., even custom made guitars, but I play my good ole’ Fender Strat just as much as any of my high dollar guitars. It’s just a solid, great playing guitar! It’s my Strat, and it always will be my Strat! I love it.
If you have a Mexican Stratocaster and wouldn’t mind sharing some pictures or writing a review, send me an email. I’ll gladly plug your website or whatever.
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