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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by AlexEP, Mar 15, 2013.
Well, don't let this thread die out just yet....
A word to modern STRAT players, there are many great models of strats out there each to his own but one of the reasons I got into fender guitars was the wealth of history behind the company which in turn got me interested in the vintage side of all things fender this in turn adds interest in playing, if you need the vintage feel and tone the classic player series could be for you this is my 70s reissue.
Here's mine. S9 serial number, made in late 1978 or early 1979. It was a modded mess when I bought it (cheap) in 1986, had a Floyd and a JB4 and had been painted black with a spray can... I gradually un-modded it and then re-modded it in a different direction -- Callaham bridge, CS69s, wiring harness was new about 5 years ago. The neck gradually developed some weirdness, so I had the fretboard leveled and 6105s installed last year. It's not my number one anymore but it's a good solid (albeit heavy) Strat.
^^I love heavy guitars mainly for their tone. Strats and Floyds do not mix, for some unexplained reasons other than looks (or maybe even sound) they just don't go hand and hand together and I'm glad you removed it. Nice guitar as it is now. How much did it cost you for re-fretting and by whom?
I paid a very good local luthier $600 for the job, but there was much more to it than just a re-fret... the neck had developed a "hump" around the 5th fret that was causing problems, so he had to level it first. He also did some work on the neck pocket to get everything stable and aligned properly, which it had needed for a while. It should be good for another 20 years or so as-is.
I have all three of the original pickups (the bridge pickup was in the case when I bought it), and most of the original wiring harness, and I have a correct '70s bridge for it... the intent of the Callaham and the CS69s is really to make it sound and play the way it *should* have in the first place. I like where it is now, it's just a solid old Strat that sounds like a solid old Strat.
Here's my 1979 that's all original that I only got last night.
2002 70s Reissue MIM
Fender 57/62 Pickups
American Vintage '71 and MIJ '72 (Natural)
IMG_1200 by 80s_Guy, on Flickr
I envy you all. I'm gassing for some time now for a 70's head stock guitar.
All day I think of that sexy Blackmore strat, and my God, I'm gonna get one!
But there aren't many s9 series vintage strats that caught my eye.
Maybe I should go for a classic series 70s strat, but Blackmore is my cup of tea!
I had an actual mid-70s model, mocha brown - maybe the worst color Fender ever offered on a Strat. It was my only electric for about 25 years and I loved it, but I gotta remind folks that the '70s was when the whole "vintage" craze started. Everyone back then wanted a pre-CBS guitar, not because it was cool, but because they were better instruments. Now they build 'em to emulate 50's and early 60's models and they do a damn good job. My brand new MIM 50s Classic Player is a better guitar in pretty much every respect than my full-on MIA from the mid '70s. And for a lot less money in today's dollars (I actually got my 70s Strat used for $400 in about 1980, but you get my point). If you prefer the 70s headstock look, nothing wrong with that, but I'm not sure what else about that era added value...
I gotta say, I do really like the looks of those aged natural finish guitars though...
Aww hell, I'm in!
'02 on the left, '03 on the right, both as different as could be, BOTH killer Strats!
Black one is bright, bitey and stingy, the Natural is warmer and smokier.
Here's mine. Made in Japan bought new in 1986 serial no. 1985.
1984 MIJ 72RI 'E' Series. Was my main gigging guitar for a long time!
I have a 1970 Stratocaster, with a 4-bolt plate and no bullet headstock. It was late 1971 that the 3-bolt and bullet necks appeared. Mine happens to have a '68 neck, and is related to Strats produced by CBS-Fender from 1965-1971, when Leo was still on the board ( the 5 years after CBS bought him out).
I think I can find a pic on this site, as the Photobucket debacle continues....