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 Post subject: Whats better American deluxe strat or John Mayer strat
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:20 pm 
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I want to get a quality guitar and have narrowed it down to a stat but I'm not sure which one to pick out of a American Deluxe strat or a John Mayer strat, so I thought I would ask the players if you could help me out. What are the differences, what are the pros and cons of each and what would you prefer, and why?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:55 pm 
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Even though I fully admit I have never played the JM model, this would still be a no brainer for me. My list of cons of the John Mayer (compared to the Am Deluxe):

1) Gig bag instead of that stellar new case
2) 21 frets instead of 22
3) No back plate installed on the JM
4) Fatter neck (JM has the "thick C"; I do not like the old-school fat necks of yesteryear)
5) JM has vintage trem instead of 2-point
6) JM has the standard vintage saddles (Delux has the upgraded saddles)
7) JM has very limited color selections that I am not excited about
8 ) Deluxe has S-1 switching
9) Pickups (the Deluxe has the SCNs)


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 Post subject: jm vs am del
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:16 pm 
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well, i think i can help in that one.
i played the john mayer sig strat at a guitar center in the valley.
and an american deluxe in south tex.
i can truly say the american deluxe is awesome, great "versatile" sound.

IMO the john mayer strat wasnt so versatile.
dont get me wrong, a really good, but not awesome.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:53 pm 
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As the owner of both I can give you my opinion. While I love the feel of the American Deluxe I'm not sold on the noiseless pick-ups or S-1 switching system. Don't get me wrong, I think this is an awesome guitar for the money however I prefer the more traditional vintage pick-ups of Fender. I also own an American 62 reissue which is my main guitar. The Mayer signature neck is thicker but still a pleasure to play and the pick-ups are in my opinion more along the lines of the vintage tone then the noiseless pick-ups. I don't think you can go wrong with either model. My arsenal of Fenders are here to stay and all serve a purpose in my playing.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:39 pm 
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.....which proves again that there's no better answer then to try them yourself. What one person loves, then next really doesn't.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:00 pm 
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cryingstrat wrote:
.....which proves again that there's no better answer then to try them yourself. What one person loves, then next really doesn't.

I think we all agree with that. But there is nothing wrong with asking others what their preference would be.


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