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  1. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

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    A few months back i posted a shot of one of my Strats, a 59 Fiesta Red, all original, three owners from new but with white plastic Kluson tuners just like the Budget Fenders of the day
    The tuners were questioned and i didnt know the answer simply having enjoyed playing her since the early 80s, however i am still in touch with the first owner so asked the question about the "cheaper" Klusons

    Well many weeks later and i have the answer;
    The guitar was originally all gold hardware, a custom order for sale stateside, that was cancelled and so the guitar was offered at a lower price, the gold on red was a bit flashy for the first owners tastes so after a few weeks of playing looked into changing the parts for nickel.

    Once back in the UK the parts were hard if not impossible to locate so a mismatch was settled for, hence the budget Klusons...... but here is the result!!!!!

    The original gold parts are still in a jiffy bag not having moved for 5 decades or more and i now have them!!!

    Now i have a real problem??? do i switch her back or leave her as i know and love her??
     

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    picapoyo Strat-Talk Member

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    Wow! Fantastic!
     
  3. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Strat-Talker

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    I'm not a big fan of gold hardware but I would put the original stuff back on. It's so rare that I would get me all excited
     
  4. Gregorski

    Gregorski Strat-Talk Member

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    Are you based in a tropical location, or do those parts have palm trees etched into them?
     
  5. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Back to original 100%!
     
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  6. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

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    sorry not tropical just sunny sheffield sth yorks!!!!!
     
  7. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In which takes us back to the question, "IF IT ISN'T BROKE, WHY FIX IT"?
     
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  8. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow!!! That is amazing!
    Either way is great!
     
  9. crashbelt

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    I'd put the gold hardware on and spend hours gazing at it.

    Please post pics if you do.
     
  10. Gregorski

    Gregorski Strat-Talk Member

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    Really? Haha, looks like palm trees reflected in the neck plate.
     
  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    We have loads of palm trees here in Sheffield...
     
  12. CarbonCanyon

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    Definitely switch back to the original! I also am not a huge fan of gold, but that's what the guitar was born with!
     
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    What an amazing twist to a nearly 60 year old story!

    I would definitely put the original hardware back on. The odds of being reunited with those bits after all these years are almost impossible so you gotta see it through, imho.
     
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    I say leave it as is and put the gold in the case.
     
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    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

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    Whatever you do, just document everything. You’ll maybe get questions if you ever sell. (Like you got from us about the plastic tuners)

    I can’t remember the state of the guitar but those parts are mint. You’ll definitely get raised question marks if they’ll be on a guitar that has aged over 50 years.
     
  16. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

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    yes the parts are far better than the guitar its been played regularly and is a bit beat up 59 strat.JPG
     
  17. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Assuming then the "original" serial number is on the gold plate, so was that too replaced with a period plate at the time? With a close serial number?

    I have to say, gold tuners on "that" neck will look killer, whether you like gold or not:

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    One thing about gold hardware - it ages quickly!! Just be sure never to wipe fingerprints off, and it will tarnish in no time :D
     
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  18. Silvercaster

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    Yes, as Mipstoo says. Try to document the story of the gold hardware. I would put the gold hardware back on the guitar. Try it out for a couple of weeks and if it feels strange in any way you could just change back. Remember to post pics!
     
  19. ChrisD

    ChrisD Strat-O-Master

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    I'd put the Gold hardware back on and call Hank Marvin lol. Seriously though, I am not a huge fan of gold on red (I'm currently replacing gold hardware on a CAR Tele) but given the history of the guitar I might well be tempted if it was mine.
     
  20. Michelotti

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    I’d vote for putting back to original whenever that possibility presents itself...
     
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