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Splinter in cavity???

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by picapoyo, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. picapoyo

    picapoyo Strat-Talk Member

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    South Africa
    Hello, guys.

    I just woder if it is a common thing we can find splinter in the vintage stratocaster body routing.
    I have searched myself on the internet and I could find some pics of vintage strats with splinters alongside the cavity where the wires go thrugh from the neck pu down to the bridge pu.
    I guess this is a result from rough hand made work in the factory, isn't it or broke by rough performance of the player/owner?

    Thank you in advance.
     

  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    It is pretty common. They did not, and do not, spend a lot of time worrying about finishing the inside of the cavities.

    And most people don't spend a lot of time worrying about it. You can't see it unless you remove the pickguard.
     
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  3. picapoyo

    picapoyo Strat-Talk Member

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    wow, thanks for quick reply. So is it real deal from vintage era if there is a spliner in the cavity? I think it is very hard to duplicate the splinter with intention for someone to make fake vintage guitar real.
     

  4. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Strat-O-Master

    520
    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    Some have them and some don’t. Like said, Fender did not sand the cavities because it would slow down production. And no, it’s not that hard to replicate splintering of the router channel if you understand what causes it. The splinters or absence of them do not proof a guitar to be real or a fake vintage guitar.
     
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  5. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid New Member!

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    Its an easy way to fool authenticity
    if you follow a set guideline of checks you soon suss the fakes from the real deal
    its no use having the splinters (or wiskers) in the routing if the body doesnt have the dowel holes for the pin router etc
    those in the know can quickly sort the fake from the genuine
     
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  6. TheDudeMan

    TheDudeMan Strat-Talker

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    Sep 19, 2016
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    tear outs? That's what you're talking about right? In the center route, not the worm route.... the best way to authenticate is tear outs, and un even routing of the center route, and the pickup route/control route having circular router marks.
     

  7. wht1

    wht1 Strat-Talk Member

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    May 28, 2009
    PA
    Pictures? I’m confused about what we are talking about here.
     

  8. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Comfy Chair
    We could start a splinter group for those who appreciate the very fine details of vintage strat identification?

    :cool:
     

  9. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    I find it pretty awesome that your strat has a rat that knows Karate living inside of it.
     
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  10. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
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  11. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
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  12. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Strat-O-Master

    520
    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    With a tortoise pickguard it would make some sense :D
     
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