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  1. pacoroa

    pacoroa New Member!

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    Hi.Hello everybody!!!

    This is the first time I write in this forum and I need your help for dating a Stratocaster case.

    According with the logo and latches it seems to be from 1974 to 1980 but every picture of the cases that I find from this era doesn’t have plastic handle.

    Could you help me for dating the case or do you think it’s a most modern one with an old logo?.

    Thanks a lot
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  2. mad axe man

    mad axe man Senior Stratmaster

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    YEP...ITS A 70S CASE...NOW LETS SEE THE STRAT THAT COMES WITH IT..AND WELCOME
     
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    My 74 case has the tail logo, metal handle cover with thin black plastic and orange lining. The guitar is mid 74 with staggered pickups so the case may have changed later in the year.
     
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    Thanks a lot but it has not strat with it. There are some websites talking about 70’s Fender cases but I can’t find exactly from what year this case begins to use. They say are from mids 70’ but I’m looking for a 1974 strat case and I don’t know if this one would be correct to my guitar.
     
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    Thanks Bonedust. Your information is very important for me. I’ve been reading that in that time you could buy the guitar separate to the case so when buying the guitar in the store could be an older box that had not sold or instead have a guitar several years in stock and sold with a more modern case.
    This could be the reason for what I see guitars of the same year with different cases
     
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  6. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That looks like mine
     
  7. pacoroa

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    Your case (tail logo) according to the guitarhq web must be from 1967 to 1971 but I’ve seen some 74 Strats with that case.
     
  8. CB91710

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    The patina of the hardware and fit/texture of the ends look right for that era. I had a '78 and it was the same construction. I don't recall positively, but I do believe it had a plastic handle as well.
    '79 they went to the ABS cases with the embossed "Fender" script on the lid, and black fur interior with the foam cut specifically for the ambidextrous Strat/Tele body like the modern ABS cases.
    The tail was lost around '71 and replaced with a tailless with the (R), "Made in USA" appeared around '74-'76.

    But as with anything Fender, and particularly CBS era, transitional years would use parts from as far as 2 years behind, so it would be possible to see a tail logo on a '72 or '73.
    I really do get the feeling that inventory tracking was not that good in Fullerton and boxes of older parts were found from time to time and simply put into the production line.
     
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  9. pacoroa

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    Hi Stratoman. Is your case like the one that appears in my photos? What year Is your case?
     
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    CB91710 Strat-Talker Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The "Made in USA" is potentially a little later than '74, but it's not outside of the realm of possibility. It is certainly "period correct" for '74-'79.
     
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    Thanks for your answer CB91710. As you say, in this era everything was posible!!!
     
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    Hmm.... But look at the lid.
    That case originally was home to a Telecaster for a long time before it became home to a Strat.
     
  13. Tone Guru

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    The "MADE IN U.S.A." logo came into use around 1975 and later.
    I'm pretty sure a case from 1974 would have the tail-less logo without "MADE IN U.S.A."

    Other than the minor detail, that case is othewise generally era-correct for 1974.
     
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    Not sure I got it for Christmas in 78 I think but it was already used. There were Strat indentations in the top from the whammy bar.
     
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    That looks like my 76's case- although much cleaner1

    My white stitching and piping aren't as bright and my HW not as shiny.
     
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    It looks like this


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  17. Lonn

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    Who else was making cases like this in the 70s and 80s? I've got a really heavy, solid case with no markings that looks very similar to these but with black lining.

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    I have a similar case that came with my 79 strat. It’s a Fender case, but the lining was black and the neck holder is made from wood with padding over it, not one of those styrofoam deals. It’s in good shape for forty years old. I don’t know why, but most 79# I’ve seen have had plastic cases. Maybe this was an upgrade available at the time. The dealer that zi bought it from is a friend and he swears that it’s the original case. There is yellowing and darkening on the white stitching. image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    Yeah that looks identical other than the Fender tag by the handle. I'll have to check mine and see if it may have fallen off. Mine also has a leather flap to open the compartment as well as another flap with a snap to keep it secure. Never seen that before.
     
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    Welcome from Ireland.
     
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