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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by The Strat Dude, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Paul47

    Paul47 Strat-Talker

    178
    Jan 5, 2009
    UK
    Fender was pretty much all phillips by 1953.
     
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  2. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    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
     
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  3. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    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,
    Robin
     
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  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Looks like a modern guitar with a water damaged fretboard to me...
     
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  5. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    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.
     
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  6. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    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.
     

  7. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    It was me! It was me! Mmmm, wet leather guitar strap .............
     
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  8. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 18, 2017
    The Heartland
    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:

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    I must stress, though -- I have no authentic experience with these models; I have only pictures from the interwebs.
     
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  9. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

    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.
     
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  10. jpjr50

    jpjr50 Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    47
    825
    Jun 3, 2016
    Florida
    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?
     
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  11. hexnut

    hexnut Strat-Talker

    116
    Jul 18, 2018
    Middle Tennessee
    My 1959 had Philips head screws. There are tons of picture with pre cbs with Philips head screws.
     

  12. hexnut

    hexnut Strat-Talker

    116
    Jul 18, 2018
    Middle Tennessee

  13. hexnut

    hexnut Strat-Talker

    116
    Jul 18, 2018
    Middle Tennessee

  14. StratMike10

    StratMike10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Apr 8, 2010
    Florida
    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.
     
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  15. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster


  16. That635Guy

    That635Guy Strat-Talker

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    234
    Oct 26, 2017
    Delaware Ohio
    Elementary, dear Strat Dude.
     
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  17. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Dental Floss farmer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Well played :thumb:
     

  18. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    42
    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    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....

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. 6t7goat

    6t7goat Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    53
    10
    Jul 29, 2018
    Jacksonville
    Looks like contoured body is a decal. If you enlarge the picture you can see the edges.
     

  20. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Strat-Talker

    181
    Mar 18, 2014
    Iowa
    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.