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Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Fretmeltkid, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

    Feb 10, 2018
    United Kingdom
    It's New Years day so time to reflect on the past a little
    I'm struggling to think of my worst regret guitar wise
    maybe fitting a Kahler trem to a pretty mint 57 Strat back in the 80s is up there but the more I think the more I recall worse mods still!!!!

    Anyone else have a "seemed a great idea at the time" moment with an original Pre CBS Strat??
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  2. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    A long time ago I got hold of a well-butchered early 60s Fender Musicmaster, which I butchered still further to remove the humbucker & replace it with two Mustang single coils. I didn't like it much before the work & I didn't like it much more after the work! That's when I realised I wanted a proper Strat, not some "budget line" short scale Fender.

    It's not that I regret the further butchering of an old guitar, it's simply that the money I paid someone to do all this work was money I never got back when I traded the guitar for something else a year or two later. So I suppose I learned a valuable lesson from the money I lost then - & I haven't repeated those mistakes since. I also haven't wasted any more time & money on short scale Fenders, which I don't like at all.

    I did get one short scale Fender many years later when I found a 1966 Jaguar at a reasonable price. I kept it for a few years but rarely played it. But when I sold this guitar, I made a couple of hundred £s profit on the deal. So I suppose I have learned some stuff over the years...
  3. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    I fitted a Kahler System on a ‘59 Les Paul Standard. And then I woke up...
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  4. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

    Feb 10, 2018
    United Kingdom
    Another mistake!!
    Needed a pair of Black and Gold guitars for a particular show ages back and did this to a 77 Telecaster and an already butchered early 70s Strat
  5. nigelr

    nigelr Strat-O-Master

    Aug 28, 2014
    Back in the late 80s I scalloped the necks of all my strats including a Fenix, Fernandes, MIJ reissue and my US 79 hardtail.
    I blame Blackmore and Malmsteen.....
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  6. rolandson

    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

    that looks...

    between this and the kahler on the 57 ...
    you should be in prison sir.
    but in a good way o_O

    my worst modification was installing EMG's on a 70's hardtail...which i promptly remedied. fortunately i did not carve out a battery box.
  7. Michelotti

    Michelotti Strat-Talker

    Aug 29, 2015
    Soon after becoming the proud new owner of a (second-hand ‘63) Strat, I was horrified to read that its celluloid guard was ‘dangerously inflammable’.
    So I replaced it with a repro guard. And, after all these years, I still haven’t seen a pre-CBS Strat spontaneously burst into flames...
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  8. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    A myth perpetuated by Jimi Hendrix, and celebrated in his song: Let me stand next to your fire....
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  9. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    It be like: "Thank God! It was just a dream...I didn't actually fit the Kahler Sytem!!!"

    Followed immediately by: "Oh damn! It was just a dream....I don't actually own a '59 standard."

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  10. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    Nothing terrible.
    Well, when I got my strat (in '76) it was just a used beat up guitar. Guy at the store says oh you need to upgrade those tuners, put shallers on it. Pretty common back then, my '60 330 has Grovers on it. Had it doweled and redrilled from vintage style sometime in the 80s.

    Pulled the wires out and replaced them with shielded wire, back in the early 80s, to try to get the noise under control. I put it back to (modern) cloth wire a few years back.

    Put a Gotoh trem on because it had a lock thing behind the nut. No routing, though. Put it back stock years (decades) ago, but the holes are still in the headstock.

    Put in a boost that required a battery so, changed out the 1/4 jack to stereo one. Original one is long gone.

    The rest was just maintenance, replacing stuff as it wore out.

    I played with a guy in the 70s, he had a tele (probably late '60s one) with PAFs on it. So, two guitars tore apart, lol. He still has it last I heard a few years back.
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  11. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 4, 2013
    not me or mine, but my garage band bud who had a 100% original 50's tele he received from his uncle/father/grandfather - i do not remember it was 1986 - but he painted it with cheap spray can flat black twice that i know of. he could draw and paint art with a brush extremely well but was a horrible spray can painter.
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  12. Fatmaninthebath

    Fatmaninthebath Strat-Talker

    Sep 27, 2014
    Central IL
    I Grovered a 76 Les Paul Deluxe.
  13. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    Floyd Rose trem bridges were just getting real popular in 1982 when the first AVRIs were released.
    I was working in the service shop of a major Fender and Kramer (Floyd Rose) dealership.
    I had a Craftsman router handy.
    You do the math. :eek:
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  14. WireLine

    WireLine Strat-Talker

    Apr 20, 2014
    Midland TX
    I’ve seen this on a and in person. I nearly wept
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  15. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    On my Jackson Dinky I decided that I wanted to mount a Jackson JT-6 Floyd type bridge. But they were meant to be top mounted bridges and it was before I learned about shimming the neck so the strings were about 3/8" off the frets. So I routed the body with a Rotozip to recess the bridge.
    It worked but the block stuck out the back. Then I was on a mission... I made a new block out of solid copper and made it all fit.
    Installed a st of EMG pickups with an 81TW which was a lot thicker than a normal 81and I accidentally routed through the body into the spring cavity... at this point I didn't care anymore.
    In the end it worked out because I took the 81TW out and replaced it with an 89 which gave me room for the Shadow humbucker ring tuner. (You can see the module in the previous pic)
    Looking back at it a can't understand what I was thinking but it is still one of my favorite guitars now.
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  16. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    Must have been me. But don’t blame me, I was sleeping ;)
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  17. RussV

    RussV Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 8, 2008
    I sliced off the end of the back plate on my 1962 to make string changing easier. Not a big deal but in retrospect....
  18. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    I'm glad nobody has my address. In the early 70's I bought a beautiful, stock, pristine, like new '61 Tele with case. Custom color, very, very rare for a Tele then, Fiesta Red. Not too long thereafter, in a clearly moronic move, I routed out the body, enlarged the pickguard hole, and installed a new humbucker in the neck position. Worse yet, it was one of those early 70's humbuckers with "Gibson" clearly embossed on the cover. I also eventually ended up not liking the sound better, wishing the original pickup was back in. Traded the Tele for something else. The lights appeared on upstairs, but I wasn't always home back then, if you know what I mean...
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2019
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  19. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 28, 2014
    Cypress, TX
    Daaaaaaaaang!!! That must still keep you up at night! Lol
  20. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 28, 2014
    Cypress, TX
    In the early 90’s I thought my gorgeous 68 P Bass would sound better with active pickups. Years later when I realized my mistake the pickups were long gone. Thrown in the trash or something.