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All original 1960 strat

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by marrattable, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. marrattable

    marrattable Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    54
    20
    Jan 23, 2011
    uk shropshire
    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.
     
  2. Paul111s

    Paul111s Former Member

    75
    Mar 6, 2013
    Midlands uk
    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
     
  3. Paul111s

    Paul111s Former Member

    75
    Mar 6, 2013
    Midlands uk
    . Oh just realised you signed up years ago! Apologies but it still says new member on your profile
     
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  5. lovejoy

    lovejoy Strat-Talk Member

    63
    Apr 21, 2013
    England
    i
    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.
     
  6. mabley123

    mabley123 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    57
    Oct 21, 2010
    kentucky
  7. mabley123

    mabley123 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    57
    Oct 21, 2010
    kentucky
    I would check this guy first.
     
  8. Opienor

    Opienor Strat-Talker

    242
    May 21, 2012
    Norway
    And we all would of course love to see some photos!
     
  9. Gburst

    Gburst Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2011
    wyoming,Pa.
    Sure would......
     
  10. marrattable

    marrattable Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    54
    20
    Jan 23, 2011
    uk shropshire
    Thanks v much guys, I will post some photos asap, but am a computer fathead and will probably struggle.
     
  11. 56alder

    56alder Strat-Talker

    Age:
    65
    104
    Aug 7, 2010
    san rafael, ca
    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-
     
  12. gtstratrock

    gtstratrock Six Strings Down Strat-Talk Supporter

    Pics or he doesn't have it.:p
     
  13. guitarman60

    guitarman60 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 2, 2013
    Kentucky
    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.
     
  14. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Bishops Castle? How is The Three Tuns these days?
     
  15. Tee H C

    Tee H C Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 27, 2012
    London
    Pics or it didn't happen. C'mon ... You know the rules :)
     
  16. AlienXists

    AlienXists New Member!

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    Dec 11, 2013
    london
  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    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.
     
  18. AlienXists

    AlienXists New Member!

    6
    Dec 11, 2013
    london
    Can you send me the link of the thread?


    Cheers
     
  19. marrattable

    marrattable Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    54
    20
    Jan 23, 2011
    uk shropshire
    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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