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NGD - 1962 Strat

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Phatfrank, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. Phatfrank

    Phatfrank Strat-Talk Member

    70
    Sep 30, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    So yesterday I picked up this slab boarded old lady. She's been covered in another for sale thread, but now she's mine so I thought I'd share.

    The guitar had a refin in the 70s - the original color was sonic blue (some of it is left in the rear cavity)... Can't understand why anyone would refin this color... Oddly the neck seems to be in its original finish (we checked everything under UV light) but the neck stamp was sanded away during the refin. The date and work description is written on the heel of the neck. The pots are changed (dated 78 and 79 dates), as are the (horrible) tuners. In addition a second string tree has been added (again; why??). The volume pot is higher than the others, and this along with the tuners are the only things I'm fixing for now. She will probably need a refret in the near distant future, but she plays and sounds amazing. So far the aged klusons from crazy parts seem the best - any other tips are much appreciated. If anyone has any good ideas for fixing the pot length please let me know. Oh, and she came in a really cool swedish made case from when she was new.

    She is not a collector's guitar, but rather a player that suits me (and my budget...) perfectly. Part traded a couple guitars including a OW CS 1960 Strat, and alhough the CS played really really well this grand old lady has her beat on every area. Love this thing:).

    Included a pic of her with her new period siblings - a '64 Jag and a '66 SR. Guess I have a thing for even numbers.


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  2. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Incredibly jealous, I'm a 62 myself. Congrats!
     
  3. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    Congrats and enjoy! that one looks like a player´s guitar.

    Life is good,
    Robin
     
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  4. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Mukilteo
    Very cool guitar. I wouldn't think the guitar would be devalued if you replaced the volume pot. It's not original anyhow.
     
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  5. jimbobaby

    jimbobaby Strat-Talker

    Age:
    35
    167
    Dec 14, 2010
    sydney
    That is one incredible looking strat...
     
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  6. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Terra Incognito
    That is so weird before I even read the OP I thought it looked a lot like a aged Sonic blue by this picture.

    Congrats! She looks great!
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  7. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    54
    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Lovely! Congrats!
     
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  8. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    Put that old girl to work.
     
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  9. jofish

    jofish Strat-O-Master

    593
    Aug 28, 2015
    Hull, UK
    Yep yep yep, gorgeous guitar! Enjoy! :D
     
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  10. Folk_Hogan

    Folk_Hogan Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    38
    Mar 7, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Con-freaking-grats !!!!!!
     
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  11. Phatfrank

    Phatfrank Strat-Talk Member

    70
    Sep 30, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    Thanks for the kind words, guys. The olympic white is really white, just like I prefer. I guess they dropped the clear coat when the refin was done. The paint looked quite dodgy on the ad pics, but it is nitro and the natural aging is as close to my perfect strat as I've seen in ages.

    On a side note, the store had some other really cool guitars. One of which is coming my way very soon, but that's another story for another forum:).
     
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  12. Phatfrank

    Phatfrank Strat-Talk Member

    70
    Sep 30, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I'm not worried about devalue, but the guitar sounds really good with these 70s pots and the volume is very linear as you roll off. So I'd like to keep it, but is it possible to simply shorten the pin that holds the knob?
     
  13. OldGuitarPlayer

    OldGuitarPlayer Strat-O-Master

    980
    Aug 1, 2013
    in the basement
    Yep me too!

    That guitar looks amazing!!! HNGD!
     
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  14. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Aug 7, 2009
    austin texas
    Very pretty...congratulations!!
     
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  15. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sweet!!! :D
     
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  16. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    70
    Jan 7, 2014
    Gibsons British Columbia
    Speechless! Congratulations!
     
  17. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    38
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    Wow! Congratulations! That's the -62 I posted in another thread? From 4sound in Gothenburg?
     
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  18. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    Very nice!

    Regarding the volume pot - you should be able to put some spacers (washers) on the inside of the guard so that it doesn't protrude through the guard as much. That would lower the level of the knob.
     
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  19. Phatfrank

    Phatfrank Strat-Talk Member

    70
    Sep 30, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    Yupp:). Very nice shop & crew!

    Thanks, a much easier and better solution I guess:). I'm taking her to my luthier next week so will see.
     
  20. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    38
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    Cool! HNGD!
     
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