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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Thin Lizzy, Apr 2, 2014.
I know it's a love or hate thing, but I have always loved the big 70s era headstock.
Billy Corgan uses a 70s strat....
Ted Turner (the one who used to be in Wishbone Ash)?
Walter Trout and Bob Marley.
Worked on 3 70’s Strats in the last few months, can’t believe the weight difference between them, some ok, one was a Les Paul weight..
Big head stock = more sustain?
More wood/ more room for Logo?
It seems big headstocks were used by alot companies in the 70"s
My fav era were flares , platform shoes and puffy shirts. Too bad I was still wearing them in the 80's due to hand me downs from the Smith kids down the block.
How can we not add Hendrix here!? Big headstock was introduced and he was well know for as the years came.
But I would add Mick Mars
Also, I would like to add a guitarist from the Balkans in Europe. He's not famous World Wide, but he's a hell of a guitar player - Zele Lipovaca
Here's his 73 Strat that he modded personally and it is iconic IMHO
Cold Chisel guitarist used one, but they were fairly new at the time.
Mocha painted, probably the most terrible color from then (diaper brown IMO).
Walter Trout has played a few million notes (probably more) on this 73.
Hendrix never played a 70s Strat (at least not with any regularity). He died in September 1970 and I think the latest model he played was a 68 or 69. Now of course he was known for running through Strats so he could have played a 70 in those months before he died, but who knows.
I believe the original thinking was "more room for a larger logo that's visible on TV".
Not sure if anybody can provide insight, but doesn't Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy primarily use a couple of CBS stratocasters?
Wayne Krantz in the 90's
He still brings that one out on the road sometimes! Though I think he's mostly playing Suhrs now. Huge Wayne Krantz fan.
Most people gravitate towards the pre-CBS designs for good reasons, IMO. I know there are some good 70's ones out there, and Tab Benoit's '72 Thinline Teles sound GREAT. But I owned 3 different 70's Strats - in the 70's. They were all dogs. To me the 3-bolt neck led to several problems including unwanted neck movement. I also had two where the placement of the bridge was off to the point that it was just about impossible to adjust so that neither the high E or low E string would slip off the fret board when playing. I have never tried a 70's model since. To me it was "3 strikes and you're out". I was overjoyed when Fender finally started reissuing the pre-CBS Strats in the 80's. I have a Corona-made '62 RI that I bought new in 1986. It's seen well over 1,000 gigs and I still have, and love, that one.