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Old November 19th, 2013, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All original 1960 strat

A while agoI bought, privately, a slightly battered strat on the basis that it sounded absolutely fantastic and nails the "little wing" / "Castles made of sand" tone. Truth is the original nut grooves are worn deep, the frets quite worn too, in places and really affecting its playability above 8th fret.
It needs a new nut and a professional set up; possibly even a re fret. I am nervous about having work done, but it is unavoidable.
I live in the west midlands, UK, and wonder if any of you can recommend a highly skilled luthier. I don't mind paying a premium price if it becomes the guitar it ought to be. Would be very grateful for any ideas.

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Old November 19th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Marrattable and welcome to Strat talk, there is a bloke in Stratford upon Avon called Andy Bunn who people rate. Does guitars for Ocean Colour scene etc so must be pretty good. Never used him myself though, if you do use somebody can you let me know as my Tele custom will need re fretting soon.
Hope that helps Paul
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Old November 19th, 2013, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Marrattable and welcome to Strat talk, there is a bloke in Stratford upon Avon called Andy Bunn who people rate. Does guitars for Ocean Colour scene etc so must be pretty good. Never used him myself though, if you do use somebody can you let me know as my Tele custom will need re fretting soon. Hope that helps Paul
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A while agoI bought, privately, a slightly battered strat on the basis that it sounded absolutely fantastic and nails the "little wing" / "Castles made of sand" tone. Truth is the original nut grooves are worn deep, the frets quite worn too, in places and really affecting its playability above 8th fret. It needs a new nut and a professional set up; possibly even a re fret. I am nervous about having work done, but it is unavoidable. I live in the west midlands, UK, and wonder if any of you can recommend a highly skilled luthier. I don't mind paying a premium price if it becomes the guitar it ought to be. Would be very grateful for any ideas.
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I would recommend Charlie Chandler of CCGX though he's ion the outskirts of London he's one of the best Dave Gilmore and Jeff Beck use him.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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this guy seems to have a good resume.

David Antony Reid.

Currently based in the Battersea area of London, I am best contacted at mobile number 07714 768 957.

http://www.darluthier.com/acoustic-a...-london‎
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would recommend Charlie Chandler of CCGX though he's ion the outskirts of London he's one of the best Dave Gilmore and Jeff Beck use him.
I would check this guy first.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And we all would of course love to see some photos!
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Old November 19th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old November 20th, 2013, 03:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks v much guys, I will post some photos asap, but am a computer fathead and will probably struggle.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 07:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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A suggestion- if it's the original nut, it's easy to fill in and recut the string slots to keep the old parts.

Just use coarse sandpaper and a piece of bone to make some bone dust, fill the slots with it, using small pieces of scotch tape on the sides of the nut as dams to hold the dust flat with the upright sides of the nut, then apply drops of superglue (cyanoacrylate) to the dust-filled slots, let dry, sand smooth, then re-file the slots. Should come out like a new nut-
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Old November 29th, 2013, 11:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Pics or he doesn't have it.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 10:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Work on the frets first. The nut may need nothing after a fret level. If the nut had to have work after that, I agree with 56alder.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 05:10 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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Bishops Castle? How is The Three Tuns these days?
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Jaydee Custom Guitars - Handmade electric guitars and basses by UK luthier John Diggins = Birmingham. Very very well known, and does great work.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:41 AM   #16 (permalink)
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need some help

Hello,

Can anyone please help me with this strat? I've uploaded the pics in my dropbox link below

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bknfgo3le2cfmol/LNO3tT_zx5

Is that a real one?

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Hello,

Can anyone please help me with this strat? I've uploaded the pics in my dropbox link below

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bknfgo3le2cfmol/LNO3tT_zx5

Is that a real one?

Thanks in advance
There's another thread already open about that guitar. There's no point in discussing it twice, so have a look for the other thread & join in there.
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Can you send me the link of the thread?


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Old February 28th, 2014, 04:31 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Hi folks.
Sorry for delay, but after much research I took the 1960 strat to C Peter Allen www.guitartechnical services.co.uk. He is a mountain of knowledge, check out his workshop blog for fascinating detail, great photos a real education. He fitted a new bone nut and filed frets and adjusted the neck, it is now fabulous.
Will post photos but am computer illiterate. My photos are on my I photo and I use an apple computer. Any easy to understand help with uploading photos from you guys?
Cheers for all your help and interest.
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