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Ten '59-'68 Rosewood Strats compared

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Mipstoo, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. Mipstoo

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    If you still didn't find one for on your Christmas wishlist

     
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    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

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    Things I learned from this video:
    1) that '59 is extra sexy!
    2) that '65 is extra sexy!
    3) that '66 is sexy!
    4) that '68 is sexy!
    5) that '62 is sexy!
    6) that '63 is sexy!
    7) those '64s are sexy!
     
  3. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes, they are all very sexy...
    But in terms of sound, I again prefer the '63... But I'm biased
     
  4. Adam Wolfaardt

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    Me too. Lol
     
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    Was there a blue one? I'll have the blue one.

    Thank you. Happy Xmas.
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well, that's my tenth day of Christmas sorted.

    Wait til my true love hears....
     
  7. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Bah....turns out the leaping lords have already been booked :(
     
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    Who would've thought that the early 64 would sound so much more different then the late 64.... the early 64 and 63 are very similar... but oooooh weeee that 59' is fantastic. Now I'm gassing for a 66' the clarity in the neck just screams Hendrix. I've played a few slab boards mostly 60-61 and unfortunately I didn't care for the neck shape, 63-64 have the necks for me... but now I'm gonna have to look for a 59' to try out, I've heard allot of stuff about the neck shapes being thin and not so desirable, I'm gonna have to find one to play now.
     
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  9. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

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    I really don’t like the 59-60 neck profile. Being used to more chunky 63 profiles, an impressive but comfortable 56 profile and 50’s Gibson profiles, most of the 59-60 strats have a really skinny neck. I find it harder to play them.
     
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  10. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Strat-Talker

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    I agree. There are exceptions but for me late 58 to late 62 all had horrible skinny necks. Such a pity
     
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    Why put the words "horrible" & "skinny" together as though one inevitably leads to the other? Just because you don't like what you call "skinny" necks doesn't mean that nobody else does. I don't refer to necks as "gorgeously skinny" as that would be stupid because not everyone regards them as gorgeous, even if I do.

    Not everyone regards them as "horrible" either, just because you do.
     
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    I've two 59s and the necks are very different to each other
    both nice though, the fatter one (fiesta red) makes you dig deep to get the sounds and is a fave in the studio
    to be fair every strat i have is completely different when played side by side, no two are alike
     
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    Skinny 59 necks? I dont think so. Most necks from that period were fat
     
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    One dude to another dude: I would take any one of those strats! They all sound good to me.
     
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    I also made sure I said "for me" before I said what I liked and didn't like
     
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    I hear more amp than guitar in the video. It would have been nice if the comparison would have been made using cleaner amp settings. Regarding neck thickness, my 66 measures .89" at the first fret and .89" at the twelfth fret. The nut measures 1.625".
     
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    Why are they testing old guitars?

    Who would want and old crusty guitar when there are shiny new one being made.
     
  18. Mipstoo

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    Because secondhand is cheaper :sneaky:
     
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    And if you find a good one they are just as good! Just strip it with a heat gun and spray with a rattlecan, refret with super jumbo frets, chisel out some wood so that humbuckers fit and you are good to go.
     
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    Where rosewood Strats are concerned, it's all about the "clay" markers and spaghetti logo for me. I see one with a date as late as '64 in the video that has both features. Its better to look good than to be good! But seriously folks, they all can be made to sound good. It's more a function of the player, IMHO. The Strat is very responsive to ones technique.
     
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