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    JamesE Strat-Talker

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    Just peeked in to the local small ads, and what did I see? This little beauty!
    Now I know there are many people who don't like "relic" guitars, so please avert your eyes.
    A 2006 MIM (MZ6282837) that the current owner worked on. I like it!
    I've got an appointment tomorrow morning, so she could be coming home with me.
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    Sorry about the poor quality of the photos.
     

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    I love those Mexican Strats! Pre-Congratulations!
     
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    Thanks for the thought - had a chat with the seller, and he sounds like an interesting guy. Old enough to have seen Hendrix live! Looking forward to meeting him... and the guitar of course.
     
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    Play it. If you love it then purchase it. Have fun and enjoy.
     
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    Nice. How much?
    But I do think that the original went overboard of the relic-ing. It’s to uniform and the lines are to clean. On my way home from buying that guitar I’d stop and buy an exact-O knife and a six pack. Sounds like a fun evening.
     
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    300 Euros - 350 US. I've got a roll of sandpaper and a ball of wire wool...
     
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    Good-Oh...
     
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    Oh dear, just realised the error of my title. Should have said Sunday, not tomorrow. Sorry about that.
    Like the sign in the pub - "Free beer all day tomorrow".
     
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    Did the guitar have an argument with a belt sander?
     
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    I imagine that it will look much worse in person. The type of finish used on a MIM Stratocaster doesn’t actually wear. So, we you look in person you’ll be able to see the signs of belt sander and not faux-wear.

    But, if you like it, that’s cool. But, don’t pay the going rate for the guitar, $300, because it certainly isn’t worth that anymore.

    If you really want that relic look, keep looking fir one that has a more realistic look to it.
     
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    Vintage tuners?
    Tinted neck?
    Truss rod heel adjustment?
    8 hole pickguard?
    Daphne Blue/Surf Green?

    Looks like a Classic Series 50s Strat to me. That’d make it worth the price for sure imo - assuming it’s a good player.

    In that case, if I were you, I’d strip it and give it a totally b*i*t*c*h*i*n nitro finish!

    That would be sooo cool...

    Good Luck!



     
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    Thanks for your advice, but I'd already done the deed before I saw your post. Any suggestions on how to make the relic more authentic would be appreciated.
     
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    Yes
    Looks darker, so yes
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    I'd say surf green

    No plans for stripping at the moment, maybe a bit more relic work.
     
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    Well, a refinish can still be your “Plan B” if relicing doesn’t work out...
     
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    I just ran the serial number on the fender website and it is indeed a Classic 50’s Series in surf green. So yes... This guitar began life as a premium Fender Strat with all of the nice appointments. That’s a nice guitar. As I recall you could get that series in nitro but the info I gleaned didn’t say other than surf green.

    EDIT: It doesn’t actually say the colour... That was me interpreting the photo.

    https://www.fender.com/product-registration/serial-search
     
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    You would need to strip it and apply a nitro finish and go from there. The finish on the MIM Standard is a very hard plastic. It will never wear. At least not like the nitro finish that relic people try to get the look of.

    So, get a hair dryer and a putty knife with rounded edges and take the remaining finish off. Get some nitro spray cans from StewMac or RefinRanch and spray it on. Hold your guitar and see where your body would rub against the guitar while playing and start lightly sanding it with a fair fine sandpaper. Make sure and avoid doing it above the pick guard. I can’t imagine what kind of wild playing would take out a large section there.

    I hope that you enjoy your new guitar
     
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    Thank you! I couldn't remember the address to check the serial number, but I found somewhere else that confirmed the number - just didn't have a picture. It's a PREMIUM Strat? Wow! Nice to know.
     
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    Aha! Thanks for the info about the finish. It did feel a bit funny. I think the pickups look pretty cheap, but is that intentional? I couldn't see the Fender name on them, but I guess in the '50s nobody would put names on bits you don't see, so they look more authentic. Thanks for the tip about the refinish. I can see this is going to be a long-term project.
     
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    Oh yes indeed, those Classic Series guitars are very well made and appointed.

    They came with the higher end hardware and electronics. The body is made of alder and it will have split shaft vintage style tuners a full size tremolo block, bent saddles. I don’t recall what the string spacing is on that model (whether it’s the MIM spacing or the the USA spacing). I’m not sure what the pickups are in that one but they’ll be Alnico 5 and one of the vintage Fender winds. The electronics will be full size components just like the American ones and probably wired with the vintage style cloth wiring. The neck is a soft v profile and I think the fretboard radius is 7.25” to fit that vintage 50’s Vibe. The finish came in polyester or you could get the nitro finish for a small upcharge.

    All in all a very nice guitar. It should play and sound absolutely beautifully.
     
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    Just had a good trial session. The neck's lovely, very smooth. Photo of the pups:

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    And a better picture of the guitar:

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    My daughter just came home this evening and saw the guitar.
    "Oh, Daddy, have you got a new guitar?"
    "Yes."
    "Can I help you paint it?"
    :D
     
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