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CBS era Strats... Yuck

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by problem-child, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. MissAlexF

    MissAlexF New Member!

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    i've played a couple of late 70s strats...nothing to write home about tbh, i've played nicer feeling and sounding instruments but you know there may be a lot of duds in that era but there may be some really exceptional ones
     

  2. Greg

    Greg Strat-Talker

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    Apr 25, 2017
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    Good and bad ones in every year of production, ( I get yout TnC reference though). I always told people in refretting a maple board just have the frets taken out slowly and go with a wider fret to cover any chipping so you don't have to have the fingerboard refinished as well..
     

  3. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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  4. bandmaster

    bandmaster Strat-Talker

    That's probably Walter's guitar. Ronnie sounds great in that video.

    Ronnie played a maple neck Strat exclusively in the 80's. In early 90's he got that red Strat with RW
     

  5. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I agree that it's probably his host's guitar. And you're right about the Strats he mainly played, which is why I corrected the comment I made earlier. My brain froze just before I typed that.....:oops:
     

  6. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    A good guitar is a good guitar.
    The year you was born doesn´t make you a good or bad example of a human being.
    The same ingredients.

    Life is good,
    Robin
     

  7. Candy-apple

    Candy-apple Strat-Talk Member

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    I was unlucky enough to have a play around with this descustingly good condition hardtail 69 recently, there have been worse days!
     

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  8. RichieS

    RichieS Strat-Talker

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  9. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    Just noticed Paul Kantner playing a 70's era Strat...



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  10. Elmo

    Elmo Strat-Talker

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    Didn't they hire some guy who shut the company down for 2 years to retrain everyone and turn the company around.I remember when no one really wanted a Fender, back in the 70's, everyone I played with back then were Gibson guy's, I always played a Firebird back then,but most people that I played with used Les Paul.But having said that they were people who still were Fender die hards, that were good pickers.That is why I'm so shocked to see how many people like the squires these days, They were not well liked back then.I guess they are making them a lot better now
     

  11. 93-Strat

    93-Strat Strat-Talker

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    They hired Paul Rivera in 1979 or 80 to help with amps. The only good one was the Super Champ, the others weren't any better than what he was trying to replace. Then Bill Shultz and some of the other management bought the rights to the company but didn't get the building, machinery or anything really. So, they imported guitars from Japan until the new factory was ready. It may have been about two years after they bought it before it was ready. Then things turned around. The Classic Vibes are really nice for the money.
     

  12. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well that's almost but not quite true. Fullerton closed early in 1985 & Corona opened later that year. So although some guitars were made in the USA in 1985, there were very few of them, all AVRIs. But the myth that Fender USA closed for a few years is not true.
     
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  13. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

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  14. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It was the 1970s. If he were playing and 80s Strat, that would be newsworthy.
     
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  15. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes but he obviously choose a CBS strat over a pre CBS strat :sneaky:
     

  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It was a different time. The people who had bought their guitars before the CBS debacle were still playing them, the pre-cbs worship didn't start until later.
     
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  17. 93-Strat

    93-Strat Strat-Talker

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    Yeah, that part was 1985. I couldn't remember how long it was before it opened. Later in that year does sound right. They did import some from Japan though until then, at least that is what I read.
     

  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Japanese Fenders started being manufactured by Fujigen in 1982, to head off sales by Tokai, Fernandes, Greco and other Japanese brands.
     
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  19. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes, a few months before the AVRIs hit the shops. And Fender Japan made an awful lot of guitars back then.
     
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  20. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They sure did. I added a bit to my previous post.