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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Rufustelestrat, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

    So I found a new old stock CS 2013 Strat Pro in Lake Placid.
    The photos do not do it justice, but I did not like the Stark White pickguard. So I changed it. The Closet Classic treatment is amazing. I will throw some before and after shots. The board was dry so I lemon oiled it and cleaned up the neck. Since it has the oiled Maple neck you need to wipe it down after you play, but you know how it usually goes in a shop.

    [​IMG]IMG_7302 by Ted "Rufus" Ross, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_7352 by Ted "Rufus" Ross, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_7356 by Ted "Rufus" Ross, on Flickr


    [​IMG]IMG_7380 by Ted "Rufus" Ross, on Flickr

  2. the dark sailor

    the dark sailor Strat-O-Master

    Dec 18, 2008
    south jersey
    Loves me some LPB! White pg please.

  3. Inverness

    Inverness Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 24, 2013
    Salt Lake City
    Yeah, have to say white or parchment. Love LPB too. Congrats!
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  4. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

    oh I had another choice as well but did not choose it:

  5. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 7, 2009
    austin texas
    Nice guitar though honestly I don't like the brown pickguard...the white one looked classier.A mint green one would look best for my tastes.I just recently picked up this classic series lake placid blue 60s reissue and for my tastes the mint green works perfectly against the blue:


    Anyways that is my 2 cent opinion.Congratulations on your guitar and enjoy!!

  6. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2010
    The Midwest
    Beautiful Strat! Congrats!

    And I too like a mint pickguard with rosewood fretboards!

  7. Mustrat

    Mustrat Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 16, 2017
    Needs mint
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  8. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    While the brown tortoise looks OK with the RW board, I too am in agreement that this needs mint or parchment.

    As far as the mother of toilet seat PG, FLUSH!
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  9. BuddyGuy

    BuddyGuy Strat-Talker

    Sep 8, 2017
    Nice guitar. I agree with your choice of pickguard. Can you elaborate on this oiled maple neck thing?

  10. b22p

    b22p Strat-Talker

    Oct 23, 2010
    dallas, Texas USA
    Hngd I vote back to white
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  11. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

    The 2013 pro uses what they call an oiled maple that imparts a broken in feel, but helps seal the wood. To me it is a little like the gunstock oil finish that they use on some music man guitars.

  12. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 30, 2014
    Nicer than nice! The pickguard looks a little too red to me, though. A more brown tortoiseshell would look better, but mint green with LPB can't go wrong.
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  13. Bladesg

    Bladesg Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 31, 2013
    Absolute stunner. Congrats & enjoy

    As already stated I'd go mint green guard for sure. Second choice would be parchment
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  14. bigbasscat

    bigbasscat Strat-Talk Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 10, 2017
    San Francisco
    Awesome catch!

    I'm with you on the PG too - I love me some pepperoni but the Mother of Toilet Seat never took hold for me.

  15. IronSchef

    IronSchef Senior Stratmaster

    May 17, 2012
    Flew Here On My Dragonfly
    Sweet guitar, HNGD! She is absolutely beautiful.

    oh, and you didn't ask ... but I think you should keep the tort PG. It looks great, and its what YOU want that counts :)
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  16. gjohnson441496

    gjohnson441496 Strat-Talker

    Jun 6, 2017
    Nice guitar. But I gotta tell you, the original white pickguard looks MUCH better and classier.
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  17. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

    Thanks for all the input. I think the saturation on the camera makes it look much redder than it is. Cell phone photo shows it differently.
    Clearly I need to clean the lens or something.

  18. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France

  19. Murphcaster

    Murphcaster Strat-O-Master

    Oct 17, 2013
    West Virginia
    Was really digging that strat...until I saw the pics of the tort guard on the lake placid blue.

    I'm not entirely against tort guards (definitely not my favorite) but for LPB guitars a white or parchment guard just makes the blue pop.
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  20. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

    Here is the good news. I have a white moto that may go on my other CS deluxe. It currently has a Green Guard, at which point I could do a swap for the green for tort. I just like the tort as it has great contrast. I hated the stark white, as it looks too new compared to the cracked and checked body. IMG_7352.JPG