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Coolest Strat you ever had?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Greg, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. Greg

    Greg Strat-Talker

    278
    Apr 25, 2017
    Atlanta area
    Probably one of the coolest to pass through my hands due to who once owned it .


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  2. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Nov 24, 2010
    Maryland
    So you going to leave us in suspense?
     
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  3. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    So who owned it?
     

  4. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    I really think it is my current #1. It's just a great (to me) Strat. I pretty much love everything about it.

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  5. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    That's Steve Marriott!
     
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  6. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    <<<Probably this one.

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    1976 hardtail natural, according to Dan Erlewine the rarest of the S series:
    Hand selected bodies with nicest grain and matching got natural finishes. All the rest got colors.
    First year for the 5 way switch.
    Last year of the better pups (according to him, he didn't elaborate but I assume the grey backs are better than what they used after)

    First electric I ever bought (hit a home run first at bat), bought for $300 with OHSC from the kitchen manager at the bar I was working (Olde Trail Tavern in Yellow Springs, very old building was a log cabin trading post before Ohio was a state. Rod Serling rented the upstairs, now an office when he was a student at Antioch College).

    But my partscaster is pretty cool also.

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    Samick body with a cool trans red showing a lot of grain, Lace Sensor red pups, hotter 14.5K bridge unit in neck, PP volume pot Gilmour switch, Graph Tech Ghost piezo saddle system custom installation (rather than a PP volume to switch to it and sacrifice a tone pot for the Ghost volume I routed for an extra volume pot and put in a mini 3 way switch to it, standard volume jack that GT recommends, but with the mini switch in the middle I can use separate volumes to blend outputs. Each has their own signal path and amplification, but its a TONE MACINE!).

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    Early on during the build, still has white Samick switch tip (replaced with an Oak Grigsby and a black tip) and a white knob for the Ghost volume (now black volume knob). Has 1 Lace red bridge pup installed.
     
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  7. YALCaster

    YALCaster Strat-Talker

    Age:
    19
    327
    Mar 14, 2017
    America
    My one and only!
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  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    What value pot did you wind up using for your Ghost setup, and are you pre-amping?
     

  9. quitar

    quitar Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    48
    37
    Aug 20, 2017
    Moorhead, MN.
    Havent had many strats but my current mid eighties japanese model has been re-pu'd with gibson p-90's, and is great. and i might as well throw in my 64 coronet in a nod to the Steve Marriot mention(such an under rated musician). oh and sorry for the crappy pic. IMG_1083.JPG
     
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  10. circles

    circles Senior Stratmaster

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    Ah yes the good old days
     
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  11. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

    Age:
    45
    Oct 4, 2008
    Stratford,Ontario
    Still have it............

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  12. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    @Mr. Lumbergh The Ghost system has its own onboard preamp (9V battery, and the stereo jack is a Switchcraft with a tip switch), and I used a 250K.

    Generally run into my acoustic amp, and the level seems about the same as my piezo equipped acoustic.
     
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  13. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    The Electrocoustimatic is split the same way. Would love to have a proper acoustic amp for it.
     

  14. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 13, 2015
    Cascadia
    My '64.
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    It was gifted to me by my dearest friend on the planet, a friendship going back to 1970, as a more or less permanent loan. Five years later, following an injury, I sent it back to him because I could no longer do it justice.

    Three years after that he asked me to buy it at a price that I really couldn't ignore. Its provenance adding, to my thinking, a substantial emotional value. And that he used it to write not just a few rather successful albums/songs certainly doesn't hurt that mystic.

    It had come to him as an inherited gift from a very respected country player from the Southwest.

    It's been passed among friends...it has good juju.
     
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  15. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    37
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    This. -77 Stratocaster. So many geat deals slipped by me on our CL because I was too slow. This turned up at a price I couldn't pass on and everything lined up. I was in a position to by it, by coincidence I was out of town and only 4 minutes from the seller.

    I knew the reputation of the 70's strats but I knew that I was in no risk of loosing money at that price so I figured I'd go get it, play it for a while and decide if I wanted to keep the -77 or my MIJ strat. I ended up keeping the -77, it has that special mojo, it sounds really sweet to me an there's something special about the neck that fits my hand. Not a boat anchor either, it's light.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  16. Neil.C

    Neil.C Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 3, 2012
    Surrey, England
    You had Steve Marriot's guitar and you let it go! :confused:
     
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  17. Neil.C

    Neil.C Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 3, 2012
    Surrey, England
    I own a couple of Strats but I wouldn't say either is particularly cool.
     
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  18. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    Yeah, there's a Fishman preamp that's supposed to make a piezo sound like a natural acoustic. Different settings for body size, it's on my gas list. Although the Ghost sounds pretty good with a little chorus going into my acoustic amp.

    Nice guitar! I'm looking for the sister to my hardtail (tremolo equipped), but the S series naturals are getting so pricey (for a good one) I'm probably going to get a used 70's Classic Series and put a big headstock bullet TR neck on and get black plastics.
     

  19. smithstrato

    smithstrato Strat-O-Master

    983
    Aug 25, 2013
    florida
    +1 Humble Pie .. Best vocals Steve M /my hero
    Cool Guitar BTW
     
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