Mexican strats are just as good as American strats as long as you take some time and play before you buy. Some things to look for: Make sure the trem is the two post variety (not the kind thats mounted on 6 screws, they suck and Eddie Van Halen refuses to reveal the secret of keeping it in tune…the only other player im aware of who has been able to use them is Hendrix and hes dead
Also, make sure the pickups dont make too much noise (all single coils will buzz a little at high gain, nature of the beast) and the jack isn’t loose (easily remedied), no fret buzz , straight neck, nut, tuners etc.
The thing about strats is that their production quality has really gone to shit over the last 2 decades simply due to their mass production model. The positive to this is that you’re just as likely to find great mexican or korean models as you are a crappy american model. I play les-pauls and an ESP now (need humbuckers for metal), but played a mexican strat for a while and loved it.
Just take the time to play it before you buy it and spend some time setting it up properly for your style (or have a pro do it, wont cost much and youll still save bundles over what you’d pay for an American model).
The bottom line is that what you are paying for in buying an American model is increased costs that the company incurs by assembling the models in America. All the parts are made in Asia and shipped to either Mexico or America for assembly, so its really just a difference in labor costs incurred by the manufacturer.[/quote]
i agree with this. you can get good mexican strats but you HAVE to play them to find them. one thing that seems to be a problem though is shitty electronics. not the pickups but the wiring. i have a mexican strat which plays every bit as good as any current u.s strat i’ve played but the wiring crapped out after about 6 months.
i kept the stock pickups and had it completely rewired and completely shielded with copper and it sounds a ton better. alot more punch and depth and i don’t know how to explain it but the better sound somehow makes the instrument physically feel more solid when playing. the guy who did the job said he rewires alot of mexican strats.