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Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Fretmeltkid, Aug 4, 2018.
Which would also bump the resale value...
Let me be clear and point out the importance of documenting in writing and with pictures the changes you can make.
You have a guitar that has aged differently than the parts you received after all these years. If one day you decide to sell it will be obvious to collectors/aficionados/dealers that something's not adding up. (We've seen it on numerous occasions on this forum)
If you replace the neck plate, it's one of the many things I check when buying an old guitar. The nitro underneath will give off to the bottom of the plate over the years they are joined together. If this doesn't correspond, the question rises if the guitar is a parts-caster.
So, as some others said, it may increase the value, but it could as easy raise a lot of questions and kill the value...
Provenance is everything. If it was me, I'd have the gold back on and the complete story typed out and dated, preferably with correspondence from the original owner, in a sealed envelope in the guitar case. Even taped to the underside of the case flap. And the replacement hardware in a ziplock bag in the case too. Yep.
Gold is cool on a custom les Paul...not on a strat. Keep them in a bag and rock out. When the tuner fall apart get period correct nickel tuners and keep going.
You only know this guitar with the parts it has. It would feel weird to me to look down after all this time being used to seeing one thing and now see something else.
I'd document it, keep em in the case and put it on if you sell it. But it is incredibly cool. And a part of me would want to put it on
Just for the experience, put it back as it originaly was to see how it is. Take many pictures, check if you like it or not, and decide if you want to put back the changed parts. Strat neck with plastic keys is pretty charming by the way… At least you have the whole story and gear.
Go for the gold! As long as gold hardware isn't all flaked and scratched to death I think it looks awesome!
Yeah, I think whatever you decide longterm, it's a no brainer to at least put the gold on for a photo shoot. I reckon you'd have a vintage guitar magazine all over it, particularly with the back story
Its a tough one; the 59 is pretty well known as my main gig guitar for many years
she has good provenance of her history and its all with nickel hardware
the gold hardware is too good to be true condition
wise and i have the bridge plate missing from the set (it is still fitted, the gold was rubbed off to make it nickel way back) i can get another easy enough though
To me it wont be for sale while i am still breathing so i have no care for any issues there, so i reckon assemble it with gold for some archive pics, it sure as hell will look weird with beat up neck and body and near mint hardware
then put her back as i know and love her, and put the gold stuff in a bag
You sure the gokd was rubbed off deliberately? I had a 80's 'the strat' with gold plated hardware. Gold on the plate was long gone
At the least put the bits on and assemble it for a pic or two. Then put em all away again...
The plate is the original but with the gold plate rubbed off like the trem plate
You can still see gold on the rear and in the screw holes
I ordered a repro gold one with the correct serial number in case I do return her to how she was borne
I'd leave it as it is but document the story. It's cool that it has a story, it adds to the mojo and I think it looks great as it is. I'm not a fan of red guitars but it's a real looker.
just doing a stock take of the parts to make sure i have a complete set and then i will strip her ready for the rebuild
i need her for a session on monday first but after that its "get your kit off baby!!"