I’ve been listening to a lot of blues music lately and have been practicing on my acoustic. I didn’t have an electric that could get that good authentic blues tone. I had Fender on the mind and put enough cash together to get a good Mexican made model.
So I hopped down to my local Guitar Center during their recent Presidents Day sale to see what they had. As usual their left handed selection was extremely limited. They had two sunburst Tele’s, a Squire strat, a couple Epiphone Pauls, and a cheap Ibanez. One of the Tele’s was my best bet. I played them both and decided on one.
I got it home, changed the strings to .10′s and plugged in. Sound wise it wasn’t bad at all. But I just couldn’t get the thing to tune right or stay in tune very long once I managed to get it close. I had the feeling I would be stuck with a lifetime of frustration if I kept it. And although I do like Tele’s, there was something in the back of my mind that was saying Strat.
After two days of giving the Tele a chance, I called Guitar Center to see if I could bring it back and trade it in for a Strat order. Of course they were more than happy to exchange.
The Standard mexican made strat is the price equivalent to the Tele I had. Fenders color options for Leftys are pretty limited to only 5. I chose Lake Placid Blue, unsure if I was going to like it. Now that I have the guitar, I love the color. The photo on the Fender website doesn’t do this guitar justice.
After changing the strings, I played the heck out of her the first night I had her. It sounded great, felt great, played great and stayed in tune. I am much happier with this guitar than I was with the Tele. Sweet guitar.