From ape–(at)– Tue Dec 6 13:22:24 CST 1994
Article: 33987 of
From: ape–(at)– (Andrew Petkofsky)
Subject: Re: American Std vs. Strat Plus/Strat Plus Deluxe
Date: 5 Dec 1994 14:15:56 -0500
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In jna818–(at)– (Jay Armstrong Jr) writes:

>Besides the above bridge issues, and the pickups, is there
>anything else at all different on the Plus to make it a better guitar?

Aside from the pickup and whammy differences, the “plus deluxe” version
of the American strats have, or at least had, a slab of wood for the body
that differs from the American Standard. I bought a plus deluxe a few
years ago, and it has two woods layered for the body, but I forget which
ones. You could plainly hear the difference in tone when playing the plus
deluxe alongside an American Standard without and amplifier. The Plus
Deluxe has more sustain and volume in the unamplified sound, which
appealed to me. The American Standard, which I believe is a single slab
of wood, has a brighter crisper sound — more the traditional strat sound.


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