i bought my mim in 1972. from the outset i wasnt completely happy with it....but i didnt know then that there were different standards!
the paint work is cracked (i put that down to constant gigging) and by the time i stopped using it, the fret board was worn behind the neck frets. and some of the frets themselves were worn. i never liked the sound i got, unless it was cranked right up through a marshall amp...which i hate cos they can only play dirty, i like to play clean occasionally!
i do like the shape of the neck though.
having said all that, i resisted buying a new fender for more than 10 years, using a crafter, that lost it's tune so easily, and just didnt feel right. eventually after searching for years, a telecaster was put in my hands, i decided i was in love before even strumming it. it was reassuringly heavy, the neck was a dream, it played like an angel and gave me that sound i've been looking for, for 30 years.
happiness is tele shaped.
i'm thinking now of getting a new neck put on my strat....any thoughts?
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