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My modded EJ strat has been my go-to for about 9 years now. It has a great vibe and it feels like home when I play it.

I acquired it in a trade. I discovered later that the original neck was faulty, with a maxed out truss rod. So, I had an All Parts Neck installed (12" radius, stainless steel frets).

While the faulty neck was disappointing, I can't really complain. I traded a US Peavey Wolfgang Special for it that had cost me $450 used at L&M. (They thought it was a Korean made model, but the serial number said otherwise.) The strat also came with a Callaham bridge, which is quite nice.

I've also added an Ilitch hum-cancelling pickguard, which works really well. Highly recommend for a keeper strat or tele or if you really like the pickups.

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Over 50+ years I've struggled to be a competent guitar player and got there with great effort but these guys came to me right off and without effort. Don't know why but the first time I picked up a harp I could play it like a pro without having to even think about it. I'm not a big believer in natural talent but never the less it's hard to explain why it came so easily.

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My modded EJ strat has been my go-to for about 9 years now. It has a great vibe and it feels like home when I play it.

I acquired it in a trade. I discovered later that the original neck was faulty, with a maxed out truss rod. So, I had an All Parts Neck installed (12" radius, stainless steel frets).

While the faulty neck was disappointing, I can't really complain. I traded a US Peavey Wolfgang Special for it that had cost me $450 used at L&M. (They thought it was a Korean made model, but the serial number said otherwise.) The strat also came with a Callaham bridge, which is quite nice.

I've also added an Ilitch hum-cancelling pickguard, which works really well. Highly recommend for a keeper strat or tele or if you really like the pickups.

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I was thinking of going with stainless steal frets on one of my guitars. Is there any truth to stainless frets wearing down the strings at a faster rate,... what has your experience been with the EJ?
 

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I was thinking of going with stainless steal frets on one of my guitars. Is there any truth to stainless frets wearing down the strings at a faster rate,... what has your experience been with the EJ?
No, not at all. At least not for me. I find there are no drawbacks to stainless steel frets. They feel great and the idea that I'm unlikely to need a refret is appealing.
 

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but the first time I picked up a harp I could play it like a pro
I've always been wanting to pick it up. Your experience inspires me to go for it.
I have a pitch pipe I bought 42 years ago. I still get some satisfaction sounding the low E.
I still have my 45 yr old tuning fork.
 

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I've always been wanting to pick it up. Your experience inspires me to go for it.
My experience is kinda the same. I had one for years but didn't really play it. Then we were trying to add a tune with a harp part (Roadhouse Blues I think) and just learned it.
I don't want to say "it's easy, anyone can do it" but it's a cheap investment to give it a whirl.
One thing to remember, there are different harps for different keys. Roadhouse is in E, but it's a "cross-harp" song so you need A. There are lots of places to research the one you need.
In my opinion, A is the most versatile because of all the tunes in E. G is common, Neil uses C quite a bit .
 
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