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1980s Made in Japan Strat. Need parts!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by jdrathe, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. jdrathe

    jdrathe New Member!

    Hello there!
    I've got a made in Japan stratocaster, 2H version with System one trem. I want to restore the axe to mint condition, but it seems I'm missing a few parts from the system one trem. E-bay is proving frustrating with overpriced items and those last minute auction ninjas.
    I thought I'd ask some fellow strat lovers if anyone had some parts they would be willing to part with. I'm looking for the locknut to go on the head, and either a used complete system one bridge or various parts that are missing from mine.
    I've tried contacting the folks from fretsonthenet.com and stratconnection.com. They've not been much help. One guy said sorry about your luck and they other wants me to buy his "reconditioned" system one trem for $475.00. I just don't have that kind of cash laying around.
    Please post or e-mail if you would be so kind as to help me restore my beautiful guitar at a reasonable price.
    Thanks! Joe Rather.
     
  2. Kuroyama

    Kuroyama Strat-Talker

    357
    Dec 20, 2008
    Japan
    I cant promise any kind of swift turnaround, or even that I'll find all the parts you seek, but I live in Yokohama Japan and frequent guitar shops (just went today!). So I figure Ive got as good a shot at finding parts for you as anyone else that doesnt work for Fender Japan.

    Stay in touch. Post up pics of what you need so I know exactly what to look for.
     
  3. 7thSenpai

    7thSenpai Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    36
    649
    Sep 8, 2010
    Canada
    Kuroyama I would be forever in debt if you find a whammy bar for a system III bridge. I might even go as far as buying the whole bridge if it must go together. I'm also missing one locking nut piece on the low E string again I might go as far as buying the entire locking nuts and handle. I been looking for the whammy bar for too long and I pretty much gave up and ended up making one at work.
     
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  5. 7thSenpai

    7thSenpai Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    36
    649
    Sep 8, 2010
    Canada
    Heres a picture of the locking arm you can see I'm missing one peice on the low E string side:

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    And a picture of the system III bridge (whammy bar was built by me):

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    Sorry for a little hijacking the thread. :D
     
  6. jdrathe

    jdrathe New Member!

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    Missing an "F" knob.

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    This is the condition of the bridge. It is playable, but I really would like to replace it completely.

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    Missing the top locknut.

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    Here's the guitar in its entirety!
     
  7. mijstratsq

    mijstratsq Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 26, 2010
    midwest is best
    it might be cheaper to have a metal finisher.strip the finish and rechrome it.they would .blast it with beads or walnut shells removes the finish but not the metal.look for restoration shops,machine shopsmaybe even a gunsmith.
     
  8. sneakypete

    sneakypete Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 5, 2009
    japan
    buy a donor guitar.
     
  9. Kuroyama

    Kuroyama Strat-Talker

    357
    Dec 20, 2008
    Japan
    +1 for metal stripping via chemical. Instead of refinishing... might be hot to blue it with Tru-Oil?
    Talk about a gunmetal finish!!
     
  10. mkgearhead

    mkgearhead Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    46
    595
    Oct 30, 2009
    Fort Morgan, CO
    I have this lock nut. PM me if you're interested.

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  11. DUKEDUFFY

    DUKEDUFFY New Member!

    1
    Nov 4, 2010
    Plainfield, IL
    Bridge

    I have a sys one bridge. I'd sell it to you for $275. It's just the Bridge, nothing else.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  12. BeatupGeetars

    BeatupGeetars Strat-Talker

    393
    Dec 26, 2009
    Portland, Maine
    I bought a second guitar that had a complete system III just in case I needed parts for my main axe that has a system III. It ended up getting stolen. I paid 800 for that guitar. Be careful where you leave you guitars.
     
  13. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    RI
  14. texstrat

    texstrat Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    53
    74
    Jun 8, 2010
    Idaho
    jdrathe did you ever find your parts?
     
  15. kgbeast

    kgbeast Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    45
    Nov 23, 2010
    OC, California
    I am an ebay ninja. I will stay away from MIJ parts you are looking for :)
     
  16. legnacra

    legnacra New Member!

    7
    Feb 18, 2010
    Boston
    I am looking for the whole nut :) If anyone has one let me know...
     
  17. legnacra

    legnacra New Member!

    7
    Feb 18, 2010
    Boston
    Hi If you come across the whole nut in your travels I would like to buy it and I would be very grateful...

    Thanks
     
  18. legnacra

    legnacra New Member!

    7
    Feb 18, 2010
    Boston
    Any luck?
     
  19. RoteGitarre

    RoteGitarre Strat-Talker

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    Like the milk in the fridge, you need to check the date first!
     

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