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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Lonn, May 16, 2018.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I picked up a couple of guitars last night that really need some love LOL. Both are perfectly functional and quite desirable, they’ve just been neglected for a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen strings as crusty as these LOL. The strat is a 96 Tex Amex that has upgraded pickups. Dimarzio Fast Tracks in the neck and middle and an SD Super Distortion in the bridge. Even With the crusty strings and nasty frets this thing sounds great. The Les Paul is a 2005 wine red Studio that has the same crusty strings and dirty frets but also the bridge has grown green things LOL. Those will hopefully be replaced today. Looking forward to a productive day on the workbench.

  2. bassetman

    bassetman Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 14, 2018
    Pomeroy, WA
    Looks like the creature from alien threw up on it....,crusty.
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  3. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    Those were owned by Sweatsquatch.
  4. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    how do you remove the green corrosion without removing the gold plating?
  5. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Fun stuff.

    Eyeball the LP bridge for sag in the middle .
  6. MetalPedal

    MetalPedal Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 22, 2016
    Auto-Wah, Canada
    Was the LP rescued from a sunken ship? I'm with you on this. My workbench is a coffee table in front of the TV. I just throw on some guitar related YouTube vids and go to work, taking my time.
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  7. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That green crust on the bridge is not removable in my opinion. The new bridge will not be that expensive so that’s the way I will go. I may remove the gold pick up covers as well, not sure. Working on the Strat at the moment so the LP will be this afternoon.
  8. Rob Moreno

    Rob Moreno Strat-O-Master

    May 28, 2017
    Better wear surgical gloves beforehand working on that LP. It looks contagious.
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  9. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 21, 2014
    Santa Maria, CA
  10. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
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  11. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    mmmmm tasty.

    thats a lot of grunge.
  12. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2016
    That was my first to replace the bridge, tailpiece, and pickup covers. Even if you clean all of that nastiness up, who knows what technical issues will crop up later on.

    I'll bet these diamonds in the rough will polish up nicely!!
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  13. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    I'd try to do a clean up on the hardware myself as I HATE to give up on stuff that is just grimy and will still function. I can also see the point to spending a buck or two to just have a nice new one to drop in as well, but I would have to try... My Antoniotsai strat copy had strings at least that nasty and several strings were jammed into the trem block really badly. It had the original strings still on it after almost ten years...
  14. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Got the Strat all cleaned up and put back together and holy crap, this thing breathes fire. I bought this to flip but I may end up stealing the loaded pick guard and just selling the body and neck. There’s a fair amount of finished chipping along the neck which doesn’t bother me but I know some guys freak out about that.

  15. didger

    didger Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 5, 2014
    Salt Lake City
  16. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    Wow, I thought I took lousy care of my stuff. lol. That Strat is sexy, now. The LP studio is another story, I'd be shopping new hardware.
  17. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A little lime away and bleach does wonders.

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  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Definitely looks better without the cabbages.
  19. ukoldgit

    ukoldgit Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 20, 2018
    Wiltshire UK
    Starting to look like a relic Parts-les-caster in the making:)
  20. vlazlow

    vlazlow Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 5, 2018
    Heart of Dixie
    I do believe that actual instrument was recovered by Bob Ballard from the RMS Titanic in the mid 90s. It was used by the ships famous lounge band, The Burgs, to play on deck while the ship was sinking. It was a great comfort and had a calming effect on the passengers as they loaded the life boats. The last song they played was "Play That Funky Music" according to witness accounts.

    I could be wrong on this though...