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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by The Strat Dude, Sep 13, 2018.
Fender was pretty much all phillips by 1953.
The Fender decal on the head stock looks to be on top of the finish and the 12th fret dot marker spacing looks like 1st generation AVRI
Hard to be certain but from what i can see it may be an early 57 American vintage reissue.
And could be Fullerton from the way the head stock is cut so 1982-1984
The "ST" is missing.
Lost somewhere at the Mexican border most probably.
I don´t know, not great pics and too few anyway.
All the best,
Looks like a modern guitar with a water damaged fretboard to me...
It looks like a walnut plug to me - what else could it be?
I reckon there are two possibilities. One, it's quite an old AVRI 57. Two, it's perhaps a Mexican Road Worn. But the RWs have poly finished necks (big mistake this!!) & that wear looks like it could be real, not done by the Baja plant sanding machine.
On balance I reckon it's possibly a 57RI. But I wouldn't gamble any money on that verdict.
You’re all missing a trick, it’s clearly one of the very first, probably 1955, Strats that someone bought as a novelty, broke a couple of strings on and then stored at the back of their garage until now. Probably Clapton and Hendrix both played it at sometime but, looking at the wear, maybe not Gallagher.
Truly a gem, priceless and should really be hidden in a secret location until you find a millionaire collector to buy it.
No, wait! Wrong string tree. It’s a battered MIM, $50, sorry if I built up your hopes.
It was me! It was me! Mmmm, wet leather guitar strap .............
Here's where I need to bow out. I'm already over my head.
I was thinking it's the butt-end of a truss rod that adjusts at the neck pocket. Here's a pic of the Road Worn 50's:
I must stress, though -- I have no authentic experience with these models; I have only pictures from the interwebs.
The case handle looks old.
How old, you can’t say.
The pickguard looks to be in pretty good shape, from these photos anyway.
The string tree looks like a Phillips head to me.
This person loved D, G and B chords, did solos in D, G and E close to the nut.
Maybe lots of Tom Petty tunes?
My 1959 had Philips head screws. There are tons of picture with pre cbs with Philips head screws.
From what can be seen on the photo it looks like an authentic pre CBS old strat, however if those two pictures is all I had to go with I would have to pass.
But if both I and the seller were serious, there is enough in the pictures for me to book a flight to go examine it.
What mike said.
Elementary, dear Strat Dude.
Has to be a reissue, 1950s Fender Strats didn't have the modern narrow 12th fret spacing.....pre 63/64-ish on the right, modern on the left....
Looks like contoured body is a decal. If you enlarge the picture you can see the edges.
Very possible it could be the real deal. I don't see any red flags, but you really can't tell with just those pictures.