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Best Answer phil_m , 03 September 2013 - 05:20 PM

thought of one other potentially big difference as well... i believe that the neck on the USA 69's are quartersawn.

 

 

Yes, it is... And you can get a maple neck on the 69 in the US version as well (you can get a maple neck Korean 69S, as, though). Hardware-wise, there's not a whole lot of difference, although the US version does come with HipShot locking tuners. To me, the US version just seems a bit more solid all-around than the Korean version. Mine came set up perfect from the get-go, too.

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#1 toneman2121

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:41 PM

has anyone compared the u.s model, which is over 2x more, to the non u.s. model? :mellow:


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:18 PM

I've played them all.. they are pretty much like a usa vs mexico strat... not one thing to point at that makes it better... but the little details are all a little better and it adds up.

they are also made on a much smaller scale with more attention to detail... the woods better, the finish is better.... that sort of stuff.


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:49 PM

i've played both versions of the strat and i like the way the mexican plays but there's something about the u.s. strat that i prefer. the feel is different. more solid in my hands. i guess as you say the wood and the little details make it more desirable. so i know what you're talking about. but what about the electronics. are they better? and i  suppose that they have the same software issues no matter how much better there built. i'm more concerned about the way they play and feel. so when and if the time comes i'll be looking at the u.s. made. thanks for the input. pretty much confirmed my thoughts. good analogy with the strat.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:34 PM

thought of one other potentially big difference as well... i believe that the neck on the USA 69's are quartersawn.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:00 PM

my brother works in a lumber mill and i'm sure he mentioned to me that quartersawn is the best cut to use to avoid warping and shrinking


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:20 PM   Best Answer

thought of one other potentially big difference as well... i believe that the neck on the USA 69's are quartersawn.

 

 

Yes, it is... And you can get a maple neck on the 69 in the US version as well (you can get a maple neck Korean 69S, as, though). Hardware-wise, there's not a whole lot of difference, although the US version does come with HipShot locking tuners. To me, the US version just seems a bit more solid all-around than the Korean version. Mine came set up perfect from the get-go, too.


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