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  1. AfroBill

    AfroBill Strat-Talker

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    Something about the headstock looks not quite right to me. What do you guys think? @Guitarmageddon It’s an MIJ so this is your area of expertise.


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  2. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

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    Based on those pics looks like a genuine ST62.
     
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    Looks like the "original contour body" decal is off to me. On mine the script between the two decals is tilted at the same angle. And MAYBE the Fender decal looks a bit low in placement. But I think these are hand placed so given human error, who knows.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks good to me. And I think the grain is lovely - heading straight down the neck like it should. The lighting is a bit off, that's all.
     
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  6. Thrup'ny Bit

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    It looks ok to me, from those pictures. The grain looks nice, unusual to see much at all on an ST62. No strings makes it look a little odd though.
     
  7. DJGranite

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    I Just traded My U serial MIJ ST62 a couple days ago.
    Looks identical.
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    The grain is very similar on the neck....
    looks legit to me.
    But Im no expert.
    Fantastic playing guitar. Great neck on mine.
     
  8. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    Maybe it doesn't look right because strings missing?
     
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  9. AfroBill

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    I think it’s the same one. Guy says he recently got it in a trade and is asking $500 for it. He’s in Maine, too. What can you tell me about it? @DJGranite
     
  10. DJGranite

    DJGranite Strat-Talker

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    If it is, and it would be a very odd coincidence if it isn't.
    Then it is a great guitar, virtually unplayed.
    I bought it from the original owner, She played acoustic guitar, then thought she would like to be a "Pixie" (her words) and so went and bought a nice new Stratocaster.
    After a couple of weeks, she learned that she far preferred the Acoustic.
    She put the Strat in a case and the case in a closet.
    14-15 years later, she has 3 kids, a minivan and no need for a guitar taking up valuable closet space!
    I answered an ad for 2 guitars, the Strat, and a Yamaha acoustic.
    I ended up leaving with the Strat. It was perfect.
    Played great, sounded as it should.
    I played it about 7-8 times, took it to a Blues-jam, let the host try it out for a couple of songs and he hit the mic stand and chipped it a tiny bit.
    But that was enough... hurt my feelings that such a perfect, like new guitar had gotten hurt on my watch.
    I too, put it in a case and then into my Closet.
    I have 10ish Strats, so it stayed there.
    I was actually happy when I saw how much he liked it thinking it would get played and loved.
    It is a very nice Strat and in great condition with some very small chips on the under-side (where it sits on your leg when seated).
    Other than that, it looks like new.
    It definitely plays like new.
    Zero fret wear.
    I got a very nice Greco in trade, I'm surprised he is willing to part with it.
    But I did get the impression he was looking for a new sound.
    Maybe the Strat just didn't have the sound he was seeking. I don't know.
    But if I was looking for a 25 year old Strat this would be a good one for the money. All original, Great Condition, Plays and sounds like a Strat Should.
    Did I mention it's pretty?
    Hope this is helpful.
    Again, If it is my old Strat, I'm surprised h is parting with it.
     
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  11. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Senior Stratmaster

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    That is funny....it is the same guitar (according to the serial number)....at least you can get the scoop straight from the horses mouth.....

    PS: and I see that you did in the post above.....too cool....
     
  12. DJGranite

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    Yup, as I look at it, although I cant make out the serial too well in my post, the wood grain is identical.
    And that is the floor of the room we did the deal in, and it had 8 year old strings on it so they needed changing first thing.
    As I said nice great condition guitar, I am surprised to see it.
     
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    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's a "sign"!

    Now @AfroBill has to keep it or severe consequences will follow!



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  14. Guitarmageddon

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    $500 is a STEAL with case!! go for it @AfroBill
     
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    I say it looks normal to me.
     
  16. DJGranite

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    The case in my pics, did Not go with the guitar.
    I put a nice brand new Fender gig bag with it when I traded it.
    And it is still worth every penny he is asking.
     
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  17. AfroBill

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    Any idea what the body wood is on this one? Basswood or alder?
     
  18. Guitarmageddon

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    That is impossible to tell without taking it apart.....if you had closeup pics of the pickup tops, you could see if they are staggered pole or flat.....flat pole will mean body is 100% for sure basswood, staggered means it could be basswood or alder.....
     
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  19. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

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    Great Strat.. I'd certainly snap that up for $500.. jeez.. that's £376.. You guys certainly get great prices over in the States.. You could sell that over and over again in UK at that price..
     
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  20. DJGranite

    DJGranite Strat-Talker

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    Truthfully I hated to part with it.
    I felt like I gave up a lot...
    but I got a lot in return.
    :D
     
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