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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

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    If you still didn't find one for on your Christmas wishlist

     
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018
  2. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    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

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    Yes, they are all very sexy...
    But in terms of sound, I again prefer the '63... But I'm biased
     
  4. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Strat-Talker

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    Jan 2, 2017
    France
    Me too. Lol
     
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  5. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Was there a blue one? I'll have the blue one.

    Thank you. Happy Xmas.
     
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  6. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    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

    Nov 19, 2014
    Up a lazy river
    Bah....turns out the leaping lords have already been booked :(
     
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  8. TheDudeMan

    TheDudeMan Strat-Talker

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    Sep 19, 2016
    The Crossroads
    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

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    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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    Jan 2, 2017
    France
    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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  11. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    58
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    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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  12. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

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    Feb 10, 2018
    United Kingdom
    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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  13. Duckster

    Duckster Strat-Talk Member

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    Nov 29, 2018
    Pilsbury
    Skinny 59 necks? I dont think so. Most necks from that period were fat
     
  14. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Mukilteo
    One dude to another dude: I would take any one of those strats! They all sound good to me.
     
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  15. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Strat-Talker

    Age:
    47
    378
    Jan 2, 2017
    France
    I also made sure I said "for me" before I said what I liked and didn't like
     
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  16. RJ Squirrel

    RJ Squirrel Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    64
    607
    Jan 28, 2018
    Frostbite Falls
    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".
     
  17. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Strat-O-Master

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    Jul 25, 2017
    ABQ
    Why are they testing old guitars?

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

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 18, 2013
    Rockingham Palace
    Because secondhand is cheaper :sneaky:
     
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  19. tigger6

    tigger6 Strat-Talk Member

    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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  20. Nokie

    Nokie Strat-Talk Member

    65
    Jul 31, 2018
    91325
    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.