Mick’s New Strat – First Impressions, Future Plans & Fender's Golds

Published 01 Feb 2022

Welcome to the show. I recently acquired a new Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster and in the tradition of me being on this channel wibbling endlessly about Strats, let’s fire up the S-Shaped Charabanc and take a journey up New Guitar Boulevard.
If you don’t love Strats, go and do something that will make you less angry. If you love 'em like I do, please enjoy the video!

And please visit That Pedal Shop!

Pedals used in this episode…
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Vahlbruch Kaluna

• Nobels ODR-1
UK & Europe:

• J Rockett Archer
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Strymon Volante
UK & Europe:
USA Sweetwater:

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man
No longer made

• TheGigRig G3

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Hello - new guitar!
1:20 Old ones are out of reach
2:25 The Holy Trinity of guitar buying?
2:55 I’ve played a lot of guitars
4:00 What a lovely neck!
7:05 Relics?
08:30 Purchase day
10:15 The Captain
11:18 Open the case?
11:52 Apparently I specced this guitar
13:48 A bit of gold colour history
19:42 Nitrocellulose & acrylic finishes?
21:11 Shoreline, Aztec, Firemist
22:06 Back to Andertons
23:22 First plug-in
25:38 The day after purchase
27:25 First play at TPS!
29:20 And what of blue?
37:03 Texas Specials & enamel wire?
38:18 What’s holding me back?
39:15 Bridge and springs, take 5
45:32 Lower the pickups?
48:52 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop ’62 Relic Stratocaster – this video
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video here:

Amps in this episode:
• Tone King Imperial MkII & 112 extension cabinet / standard speaker
• Marshall 1987x & Zilla Custom 212 with Celestion Alnico Ruby speakers

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