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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by SGLefty, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. SGLefty

    SGLefty Strat-Talk Member

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    Paulbiz Senior Stratmaster

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    That sure is a beauty, looks really clean. Ive seen the right hand models online from anywhere to $1500 to $3000...of course this is a rarer lefty so that price the seller is asking may be well in the ballpark..offer $2500 and see if he bites. Hope this helps.

    Others here will probably know more.
     
  3. Robins

    Robins Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Very good condition, tight neck pocket, lefty, maybe frets need crowning (lower frets - maybe the fotos are bad).
    Fair price because it´s a lefty and in great condition.
    It´s a very good price in Euro (about 2300).

    Cheers,
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    STRAT'71 Senior Stratmaster

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    They sure haven't held back on the photos.
    Looks well worth the asking price.
     
  6. softwarejanitor

    softwarejanitor Most Honored Senior Member

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    It is definitely overpriced. Around here, even in mint condition with the hard shell case and all the "case candy" a 1978 Strat, even a lefty would maybe bring $2500.

    I have a similar (albeit righty) mid 1970s Strat (and also admittedly mine is not in cosmetically that nice condition)... But personally I would never pay the kind of prices these things go for these days, they just aren't worth it, not even the better ones. I bought mine back in the early 1990s when they were cheap. Nowdays there are just way too many far nicer new Strats on the market for significantly less $$$. I'd rather have a 2000's MIA Standard than any late CBS Strat, and I can buy those any old time for $500-$1000.
     
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    Vintage59 Senior Stratmaster

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    My sentiments exactly. You could get a post-2008 lefty American Standard, drop in a set of CS69s and spend $200 to have a quality luthier to go thru it and still have enough money left over to buy a 59 Bassman Reissue or any number of nice boutique amplifiers. You would unquestionably have a better guitar. The CBS-era strats are really not all that (especially the later years like this)...and I should know because I used to own one.
     
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    jeremy blaze Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks great, but I agree still overpriced.
    Being a lefty does make it more rare, bur rate does not always equal value.
    Much smaller market.
    I have seen vintage lefty Gibsons at shows be much cheaper than the eighty counterparts.
    I'm a lefty btw
     
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    TubbyTone Senior Stratmaster

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    it has to be one of the cleanest 70's I've seen in a while, but way over priced !! even being a Lefty I would only pay $2500 tops, and it would have to play real nice.. which they usually do not. they do have a tone of their own though... I was a lefty, but had to switch to right hand playing.. been playing right hand now for around 20 years, still once in awhile I'll play left just for kicks.. I can only chord left but gets a lot of looks when you switch it up lol
     
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    hornz Strat-O-Master

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    Very clean, very nice example overall with the case and candy. The price is very optimistic though, even as a lefty.

    I paid £650 in 2007 for a clean '78 lefty with case... I'd love to have the black one though :)
     
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    mutato Senior Stratmaster

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    I almost bought a '78 Strat from this seller about two years ago, but something about the all caps type and words like:

    "LOOK AT THE VERY BIG AND CLEAR PICTURES OF THIS BABY,

    AND SEE FOR YOURSELF."

    Freak me out. I mean, the pictures are very detailed and the serials match up etc... But it still seems so foreign/overseas scam style and whacked. Like I might get screwed on the deal!

    Also, WAY overpriced.
     
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    gaddis Strat-O-Master

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    Looks like a nice clean piece but seems rather high-priced for a strat from this time period. IMHO your money (and less of it) would be better spent on a brand new vintage reissue of your choice. My first strat, which I still have, was a 1980 model. Other than the great bridge pickup, it is nothing to write home about.
     
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    unsung Strat-O-Master

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    I gotta agree the language is weird....

    THIS IS A ONE OWNER BABY AND ITS VERY CLEAN

    !!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!


    WEIGHT IS 8 POUNDS 14 OZ.


    LOOK AT THE VERY BIG AND CLEAR PICTURES OF THIS BABY,
    AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.





    Hmm. Baby.................

    Beautiful axe though.
     
  14. SGLefty

    SGLefty Strat-Talk Member

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    Wow... Thanks for the feedback all.. Some great insite. I thought it is overpriced to... But it looks freakin awesome. I think I could get a CS for way less then that price.

    Its just way hard finding cool lefties.

    So based on the comments... Around $2500 sounds like max price?
     
  15. Robins

    Robins Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don´t think you will see many of them in that great condition again.
    It´s a lot of money no question.
    Maybe $2500 is the max most people would pay.
    If that´s the right guitar, right finish, right neck you should buy it.
    I don´t think they are getting cheaper the next years.

    Cheers,
    Robin
     
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    I would be offering $1500-1800 for it. Even if it a "rare" lefty.
     

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