Strat Guitar Choice

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  1. tonray

    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    So I have been searching high and low for a suitable guitar to go with my recently acquired amp but nothing really floated the boat so to speak. Played around a bit with some local shop's house brand XO...SX quality but uninspiring pickups. Tried out a few Afffinity Strats.....decent build quality but the cookie cutter aspect of the line and the blah-ness of the ceramic pickups again had me shrugging my shoulders.

    So today I went to the Fortune Town building which is actually a large 5 floor complex of IT stuff combined with high end stereo sets, Camera gear, phones, etc etc. to look for some miscellaneous accessories for my laptop. But as I walked down the aisles I saw a guitar shop and not only that...they had 2 sections, a used section in the back with high end Fender, Gibby and other goodies and a new section up front with a few Squiers and some off brands...but what caught my eye was a brand called Maya.

    After a bit of online sleuthing, turns out that Maya was a Japanese brand from the 70s and 80s that has now been resurrected.

    Point 1: I was looking for a vintage white guitar: Check

    Point 2: I was looking for some better pickup options than generic ceramics: Check

    Point 3: I wanted a Rosewood fretboard: No Go.


    So 2 out of 3 is ok since th guitar played very nicely and the pickups (turns out they are Wilkinson Alnicos) sound pretty darned good.

    The Price was entirely reasonable: $155 bucks for option HSS and $140 for SSS config.

    Oh yeah...did I mention mint green pickguard ?

    So here are my 2 options: Input appreciated on your fave

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  2. uwmcscott

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    If it's going to be your only guitar I'd go for the HSS for more toanz. From a traditional standpoint though SSS is the way a strat should be in my book.

    I have pretty much that exact color combo and the maple fretboard looks perfect to me.
     
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    toomanycats Well-Known Member

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    Oh man, those look yummy. Great price too. You couldn't go wrong with either. I love a traditional SSS Strat, but that chrome bucker looks so right on the first one.
     

  4. tonray

    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    If that had been a mini hum in the neck position I'd have an easy decision but as it stands...I need to sleep on it. I love traditional strat look but the bridge pickup I don't use much because of it's trebly nature...the HB gives that a bit more depth in that position.
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Truth be told that Chrome bucker makes that guitar really pop out at you....I would have taken it home today but it was rush hour travel and I take the subway and then switch to the elevated train for my second leg and I did not feel like sardine can action with a Guitar in tow. I may get it on Friday off hours so I have empty trains to carry it on.
     
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    Those look super Fendery. Cept for the master tone-master vol.
     
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    There are tons of humbucker guitars out there. Something to say for the traditional SSS in a Strat.
     
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    Look great, not a fan of the HUGE headstocks though
     
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    Are you sure you wouldn't rather have one of those neat-o John Mayer PRS Strats...?
     
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    wow they look damn good!
    HSS allday.
     
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    Like them both - but like the chrome HB less. So are these still made in Japan? That price seems really low. (wish we could get those here)
     
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    in your situation i'd probably go with the SSS

    but there is something to be said for the versatility of a fat strat

    looks like a nice guitar either way
     
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    SSS, that chrome humbucker throws off the look IMO, if it was a double creme it would look more fitting. I would take the SSS.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. I wouldn't think it would be possible for a Japanese made export guitar to sell for anywhere near that price. Seems much more likely that the company is Japanese but the guitars made in China or Indonesia. Nothing wrong with that though. I'd jump on one of these if they were available here and are as nice as they look from the pics.
     
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    Here's the facebook page. Says the company is in Bangkok. I wonder if there is any affiliation with the original Maya other than the name? No matter what the guitars look killer.

    https://www.facebook.com/Mayaguitar/
     
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    I often dont like low output single coil bridges alone...better in position 2,
    I like H bridge, or hot S bridge.

    Maybe base choice on neck and playing feel...knowing the pups can be swapped out later. to either.
     
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    From the FB page the Tele's look great too. Did they have any of the Tele's or LP's at the store where you found them? Someone needs to bring these to the US. Maybe Tonray you can be our new importer. Maybe a group buy?
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Yes they had some Teles and 1 LP (the LP looked really really sharp) if it had Zebra HBs I would be bringing home 2 Guitars on Friday but still looked pretty hot. From my limitedt Thai, I think the guy said that the brand is just launching into Thailand, I am not sure where they are made, my guess would be China but the Alnico Wilkinsons and the great look and feel seem to be a real cut above other offerings in the same range. I'm gonna jump on one (or 2) before they disappear
     
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    If really only 1 guitar (does that even exist?) then the hb in the bridge makes a lot of sense. I don't have a hss strat but I do think it makes sense. That said, white? Really? No nat finish ash burst or anything? I see basswood burst but do they have this in a strat?
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