Well count me as saying "good eye" to chromeface as well - I though it might have been an American Series HSS with the roller nut and locking trem added to it instead of a refinished American Deluxe - of course per Occam's Razor you should always go with the simplest solution, which chromeface did.
Good deal? Please say i didnt get screwed. (Even though its custom paint job)
Even with the refin it's a good deal; a stock American Deluxe HSS Strat should go for between $800 - $900. From the photo it appears to be a decent paint job. Not sure about doing something to the neck to make it "play faster"; these already had a satin finish that was pretty "fast". Maybe they stripped the finish and put on an oil-and-wax finish like an Ernie Ball, Peavey Wolfgang, or EVH Wolfgang?
Should i have got a new fender lonestar or G&l Comanche cheaper ones for 600?
I don't think so; as long as it played well I would go for a used USA over the new Fender Lonestar that is Made in Mexico or the G&L Tribute Comanche that is made in Indonesia. There is nothing wrong with MIM Fenders (or the Lonestar) or the G&L Tributes, but you would pay $600 for them and have them be worth $300-$350 in resale the minute you walked out the door while you can resell this Strat for the $500 pretty easily.
Are the scm singles coils good?
What does scm stand for?
Actually the pickups are “SCN”, which stands for “Samarium Cobalt Noiseless” pickups. They were designed by Bill Lawrence for Fender and they are a type of stacked single coil-sized humbucker. I think they are okay but I’ve always preferred regular pickups to any of the noiseless pickups I’ve tried – which includes Fender’s “Vintage Noiseless” (which was used on American Deluxes from 1998-2003; I had a 1998), Fender’s SCNs (used on American Deluxes from 2004-2009; I had a 2004), and Kinmans (had them on a custom build). I thought the SCNs were the best of the three, but I still prefer a good 1960s-style single coil on a Strat but that’s just me.
What is the humbucker pickup?
I think the humbucker on these is a Fender Atomic humbucker; these used to be called the “DH-1” pickup but sometime around 2004 they changed the name to “Atomic”. It’s one of Fender’s own pickups.
What are the nobs on the back of the tunners for?
The guitar has locking tuners; the knob on the back of the tuner locks the string into the tuner post. To restring you loosen the knob on the back to release the string from the tuner, pull the new string straight through the tuner, pull it tight so you don’t get any winds around the post, then tighten the knob on the back to lock the string inside the tuner post. The knob controls a small pin that holds the string in place.
Whats the LT Stand for?
The “LT” stands for “Locking Trem”. The trem has locking bolts on it like a Floyd Rose bridge (in fact this bridge was called the “Fender-Floyd Rose” bridge during the 1990s while Fender was the exclusive distributor for Floyd Rose products).