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

  1. picapoyo

    picapoyo Strat-Talk Member

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    Wow, Embossed Gibson logo humbacker on Tele? It's just Lennon's black telecaster! Cool!
     
  2. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

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    I bought this blonde hard tail in 1976 when I was teaching guitar in a music store. First thing I did was replace the tuners with Shallers and install an Alembic Stratoblaster battery powered preamp.

    I've since yanked the preamp, but the Shallers remain.

    I kind of wish I had left the tuners original, or at least kept them. Oh well. Everything else is original and the guitar is still great after all these years! I don't keep it for resale value; I keep it because it's my connection to my musical beginnings. And it's actually a damn fine, nicely made Strat.

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  3. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Okay, so not such an oldie (but 30 years-ish!).

    Clapton strat. Red. Original release with the lace sensors.

    I'd been using Fast Frets on the strings, and being a maple board it seeped under the finish and stained the wood. Yuck, 19 year old me thought!

    So I thought - I'll get a bound ebony board retrofitted. At great expense I may add. And the "luthier" had never done that, and was keen to try.

    Let me say he went to extreme lengths to make this work. Got the ebony board while visiting another continent. Destroyed the spaghetti logo while "protecting it" with sellotape, and got a replacement from Fender. But when all was said and done....it sucked. Board was too narrow, too thick, all kinds of wrong.

    So I spent some more money buying a 62 reissue neck, which I fitted to the Clapton body pretty good. But I thought, I'd really like an ebony board. So got a really good (spelled expensive) luthier to replace the rosewood with ebony. Then thought, I sure wish it was bound. Back to said luthier who said "I wish you'd gone for the binding when we installed the board!!!'"

    Anyway, about $4000 invested in the guitar to date, I sold it to a friend at church for $1000.

    About 10 years later it got stolen....

    Insurance bought him a new Clapton Strat. With maple board.

    :confused:
     
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  4. Jonny Hotnuts

    Jonny Hotnuts Senior Stratmaster

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    Some may not say the 80s qualify as an oldie but.....

    When working at PV guitar R&D back in the 90s I took one of the original Vandenberg protos (with the Kahler 2710 trems) that was in storage and modded it by installing a Schaller Floyd.


    I have never forgiven myself for ruining a rare version of a rare guitar.....

    ~JH
     
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  5. spellcaster

    spellcaster Strat-Talker

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    Modding my 63 Gibson EB3 by routing in a pair of Precision pickups and adding a Badass Type I bridge comes to mind.
     
  6. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I mounted a Kahler on my 84 MIA Jazz Bass...But I don't regret that.
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  7. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

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    And you had it signed by your friends? ;)
     
  8. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Only so it would look like it was autographed by the TSO west band from 2006.

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  9. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

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    Just found another!!!!
    all original 59 Strat except for the fitting of a set of gold Grovers back in 82, I think

    DOH!!!!

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  10. UmpaHimself

    UmpaHimself Strat-O-Master

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    This thread should be pinned as a cautionary tale.

    For some reason I have always had an understanding of collectability. Even as a young kid I would buy toys and keep them in the packaging (still have some). Only mods I have ever done to a guitar have been pickup/electronics swaps, and always kept the original parts.

    I did however once build a partscaster black guard tele that was truly terrible. It was my first attempt. Budget pickups/hardware. Cheap body with a loose neck pocket that resulted in a neck that was mounted slightly crooked. Oh, not to mention the poorly fitted TUSQ nut. Doing a setup never even occurred to me SMH.
     
  11. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

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    and EMGs on a 63 strat, not sure what happened to the original lectronics!!
     
  12. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

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    Probably wound up at Eddie Vegas'... :whistling:
     
  13. BALIstic

    BALIstic Strat-O-Master

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    I think you mean dangerously flammable .

    “dangerously inflammable” would probably be better used if describing a flamethrower that squirted water ...me thinks




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  14. stratman323

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    No.

    Flammable and inflammable do not mean the same thing.

    If something is flammable it means it can be set fire to, such as a piece of wood.

    However,inflammable means that a substance is capable of bursting into flames without the need for any ignition. ...

    The opposite of both words is non-flammable.
     
  15. BALIstic

    BALIstic Strat-O-Master

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    Well I never.........those tricky bloody Latin’s.......

    “dangerously inflammable” it is. Please continue, I’ll just


    ........but for new players who unlike our learned friend, stratman323 & who like me also “struggle witha the engeleese”, rule of thumb in a murgency “inflammable geetar situation “ is......and I quote.

    “What do you do? To avoid confusion, choose flammable when you are referring to something that catches fire and burns easily, and use the relatively recent nonflammable when referring to something that doesn't catch fire and burn easily. Our files indicate that use of flammable and nonflammable has increased in print over the last few decades, while use of inflammable has decreased.
    merriam -webster.com



    and remember, no more 911, 999 or 000 it’s
    now #0118 999 811 999 199 725 3 sorry that’s
    #0118 999 881 999 199 725 3 for those sticking it in their speed dial.





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  16. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well exactly! :D

    What were you expecting? Logic? :confused:
     
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  17. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I’d take that butchered 70’s strat!
     
  18. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's easy, you find another way round the problem, just the same as when you can't spell a certain word.

    So instead of saying "A Strat is very flammable/inflammable" you say "A Strat burns well".

    ;)
     
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  19. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

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    Great, I learned something today...
    And does a Burns Strat well too? :sneaky:
     
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  20. BALIstic

    BALIstic Strat-O-Master

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    .........funny story before I bought the 63’ I bought a 69’ Strat once owned by Perth’s own (re-agisted ) Mr Hank Marvin. True story but with a sad ending


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