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Three New Strats For Mick?! [1961, 1970, Fender Custom Shop & AVRI Compared]

Published 01 Jul 2022

Welcome to the show. In this episode Dan and I are embarking on the latest leg of a long and, at times, torturous journey. Back at the end of 2018 I began the search for a new Strat to take over #1 duties from my old faithful, Blue: a 2001 American Vintage model.
Very long story short, I’d been lucky enough to play a bunch of old ones and the unfortunate truth is that dear old Blue simply doesn’t cut it in terms of tone or feel next to the better of the old Strats.
The videos in between now and then tell the whole story, but fast forward to Summer 2022 and I now am lucky enough to own three more guitars that hopefully bring the story to some temporary closure. This video documents where we are now. Please enjoy!

And please visit That Pedal Shop!

Guitar info…
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster. All original except refinish and one pot change. Not RWRP
• 1970 Fender Stratocaster. Nitro refinish, many refrets, original pickups and electronics. Not RWRP
• 2020 Fender Custom Shop ’62 Relic Stratocaster, Andreas Kloppmann ’60 pickups. Not RWRP
• 2001 Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster, Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot set. RWRP

All guitars were restrung before filming with Curt Mangan/TPS 10-5-50 Mick Set, available here:

Pedals used in this episode…
• Boss TU-3S Tuner
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• ZVEX ’59 Sound

• Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer (Keeley mod)
No longer available

• Mythos Argo
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive
No longer available new

• JAM Pedals Harmonious Monk
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:

• Free The Tone FF-1Y Future Factory
UK & Europe:

• Chase Bliss Audio CXM1978 Reverb
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G3 Atom

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro playing
1:35 Welcome!
2:43 The flying beast caper
3:23 Recap on the story so far
6:45 Custom Shop ’62 recap
9:42 Aynsley and the ’70 Strat
11:45 The original ’61 reappears
13:28 Vintage Strat tone generalisations
17:10 Mick’s current board & today’s amps
18:33 All four guitars, neck pickup clean
20:57 All four guitars, position 2
24:00 And with a Tube Screamer
27:06 Dan has a play on all four
30:33 What are you hearing?
31:23 Adding some more overdrive
35:18 More gain again, all four guitars
38:50 Back to clean tones
40:30 Conclusions so far
46:24 Dan has more schwang
49:53 A final play

Guitars in this episode:
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster – no video yet
• 1970 Fender Stratocaster – no video yet
• Fender Custom Shop ’62 Relic Stratocaster – Mick’s video here:
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video here:

Amps in this episode:
• Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature with Two-Rock 112 / EVM12L speaker
• Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue with standard speaker

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