#166039  by NeilG1
 Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:30 am
Hi all,
Sorry if this is a repeat or in the wrong place - I'm new here! Seems the search of old thread has a lot of broken links so some old conversations that may have helped me don't appear to be available now.
I've played guitar for 25 years, and haven't owned an electric in about 15. I'm looking on getting one soon, and hoping to go for a Jerry sound, while starting out on a low-mid budget. This will really be a home set-up, and I'm not going to be gigging with it or anything, but would like it to be able to hold up if I jam with a couple of friends.
First off is the guitar. I've been looking at a handful of used American Strats, and also some cheaper MIM options. I can't decide whether I'm better off going American at the higher price point, vs grabbing an MIM that feels good in my hands and having the cash available to invest in amp/speaker or combo, or even to mod the MIM down the road with better pups and electronics.
Do experienced folks around here have opinions on this? I've looked at G&L Legacy too, but honestly they sell for pretty much what the used USA strats do! I'm in Canada, and there's like a $500-1000 difference on an MIM and an American Pro Strat, so it's not trivial.

Second piece is the amp set up. I've been looking at trying to find a used Fender - deluxe reverb, princeton, or something else in that range. Otherwise, away from a combo, I've looked at a few options. I've been reading about the Quilter 101 mini reverb, and also some of these pedal-based amps, like the Frog Tube Fx1 or a Kingsley Maiden. There's a guy near me selling a MosValve MV-962 as well for a good price that I could buy.

I know this is pretty vague, and I'd happily clarify for people, but I'd love some opinions from experienced people. Again, I'm in to pursuing this, but am trying to keep it realistic given what will largely be home use in my somewhat clumsy, yet joyful hands!

Thank you all in advance for your help. I'm learning so much reading the stuff you all write.
 #166041  by strumminsix
 Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:07 pm
HI! Even skipping the search you can still scroll down and find similar topics. Here's my opinion for a "starting point of very good JG" with easy to find, easy to sell, not gonna break the bank gear:
- American Strat with maple neck
- Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue

You could always swap the pickups to D Allen Voodoo 69 pickups.

You could also find either a boutique DR style amp building or go vintage.

But those 2 recs will get you into the ballpark.
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 #166043  by PurpleTrails
 Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:48 pm
I'd be at least tempted to go for a MIM strat that feels good, and maybe save some $$$ for some D. Allen 69 or fender custom shop pups, and maybe picking up a buffer to install an OBEL later. You also might want to invest in some pedals: some type of envelope filter to cover things where it's pretty essential like estimated, maybe a carbon copy delay, plus an overdrive. The DRRI amp recommendation is a good one, but there's nothing wrong with going the quilter route either.
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 #166047  by GeneralGoldilocks
 Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:49 pm
fender stratocaster, mim, mia, or mij, depending on how much money you want to spend.

fender blues junior, upgrade the speaker if you want to spend more money, next upgrade the pickups and get a buffer if you want to spend more.
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