Dating fender strat
Depending on the radius, thickness and contour of the neck, maples are generally brighter sounding with a bit more top and less mid range.
Some like the vintage glossy nitro finish and some prefer the more modern satin finish.In the 80s and early 90s, Japanese Fenders were well known for being superior to any other models and the quality is still top notch.Neck wood and contour plays an important role in how the guitar sounds and how it feels to play.If this sound and feels right, then it’s a guitar well worth considering.Pickups can easily be replaced for a more desired tone but you can’t fix a dead resonance.Although a soft wood, it has a rich and warm tone with a smooth sustain.
Basswood has long been favoured by jazz musicians and it can also help to balance a bright punchy maple neck.
Like the neck, the wood used for the body, and its quality, plays a role in how the guitar sound.
Alder is used in most Fender Strats mainly because of its light weight and it’s easy to finish due to minimal grain lines.
Alder is also the most neutral sounding of the commonly used wood types with a full tone, well balanced lower end a hint of mid range.
Swamp ash, or southern ash, is considered as the most musical wood and it’s often preferred by the more demanding players.
Its high density makes it a bright sounding wood with a strong punch and rich sustain.