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Stunning '54 refin at Elderly.

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Bazz Jass, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
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  2. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Here, there, everywhere....

  3. wht1

    wht1 Strat-Talk Member

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    May 28, 2009
    PA
    Personally I think they blew the body refin. From what I’ve seen, Fender never used a high contrast stain like that in the factory. Nice grain but I think they made it pop way too much. They said they did all the work. They should know better. They did a nice job on the neck.
     

  4. wht1

    wht1 Strat-Talk Member

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    May 28, 2009
    PA
    I’m guessing the previous owner stripped it and stained it dark brown. Once that stain gets deep in ash pores it’s just about impossible to get out without over-sanding. They probably chose the lesser of two evils and left it in the grain.
     

  5. Folk_Hogan

    Folk_Hogan Senior Stratmaster

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  6. ChukkerNation

    ChukkerNation Senior Stratmaster

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    They might of also lightly burned it to bring out the grain. I just saw someone do that to hard wood floors in a video and my first thought is that would look great on a guitar.
     

  7. bandmaster

    bandmaster Strat-Talker

    +1, I don't like the color at all. They should have used a guy like Clive Brown to do the refin.
     
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  8. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    It sure isn't clear whether Elderly did the refin - they may mean all work in terms of pickup rewinds etc. Doubtful they'd ship to Clive Brown for a refin - different country plus about an 18 month waiting list! I also don't care for the look of the refin, but the grain of the ash is something, really!
     
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  9. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Strat-Talker

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    Aren't '54 strats supposed to have rounded off edges on the head stock?
     

  10. Mesaman

    Mesaman Strat-O-Master

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    Oct 20, 2014
    Mesa AZ
    I don't like it at all.
     
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  11. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Limbo
    Yeah, this is an 11/54 neck so maybe they had switched method by that time.
     

  12. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-O-Master

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    Jun 15, 2007
    CHARLOTTE, NC
    Those original early bursts have always been my favorites. In 2014 Fender reissued the 54 and did an incredible job with both the finishes and the "plastics". Since those original bakelite parts are still available, I have to wonder why they didn't go the extra step and complete the theme.
    And, that burst is a little extreme for me too.
     

  13. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    Pawnee, Indiana
    In general, the grain and burst looks great, but it looks phony on a ‘54.
    It would look stunning on a new strat.
     
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  14. Stratbats

    Stratbats Strat-Talker

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    I was this too. Gorgeous!
     

  15. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 25, 2016
    USA
    Ugggg, I totally hate that refinish.

    Yes, the grain is beautiful, but anyone looking at it would just assume it's a modern body.

    If I owned it, I'd for sure bleach the stain out of the grain and refinish it properly.

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  16. Folk_Hogan

    Folk_Hogan Senior Stratmaster

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    Mar 7, 2016
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    Ah, c’mon you guys, live a little! It’s just one out of the thousands of 50s style strats we see.. The way it’s been refinished allows that grain to pop! Plus it’s “affordable” ! !
     
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  17. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    What bothers me about the refin is that it seems to be a satin finish - kinda like some of those early Highway 1 strats.

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    I'd much rather see a gloss thinskin, yep.
     
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  18. Folk_Hogan

    Folk_Hogan Senior Stratmaster

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    Mar 7, 2016
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    Definitely looks that way
     

  19. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    Pawnee, Indiana
    Since it’s already a refin, i’d get it done in a cool custom color. It would look more factory than the current refinish. But who am I kidding: this guitar is about 30x the amount I would consider an affordable guitar.
     

  20. wht1

    wht1 Strat-Talk Member

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    May 28, 2009
    PA
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    So that’s what Jimi was doing!