72’ Black Strat

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  1. mjea80

    mjea80 Lost In The Light Silver Member

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    Im interested in this guitar. The guy says its all original. Please look over the pictures and let me know what you think. Everything looks pretty good to me but Im not sure about those pot codes. Also he says the body is ash, would that be correct? Thanks.


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  2. Michael919

    Michael919 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Looks authentic to me. Beautiful guitar. I'd give it a refret and keep it for life.
     
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  3. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Ditto.
    I don't see anything that makes me suspicious.
     
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    mjea80 Lost In The Light Silver Member

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    BuckNekkid Strat-O-Master

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    Do you like it? How does it play? Is the price reasonable?

    If the answers are all positive, then what's stopping you?
     
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  6. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    Nice, how much do they want for it?
     
  7. RL21980

    RL21980 Senior Stratmaster

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    What in the damn is going on with the quarter screwed into the neck heel? They all like that? Looks to be in really good shape.
    FYI I know next to nothing about 70's strats.
     
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    JamieHenry Strat-O-Master

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    You know what I did when someone offered me a much nicer black ‘72 Strat for $500 back in the 90s? I said, nah, who wants a 70s Strat! Please kick me now, my leg is sore from doing it myself.
     
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  9. drex123

    drex123 Strat-Talker

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    micro-tilt neck adjustment
     
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  10. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    LOL!
    That's not a quarter.

    The 3-bolt neck adjustment used two wood screws at the edge of the body, and a machine screw at the heel.
    There was a similar disk embedded in the body. It was threaded for a grub screw, which pressed on the disk on the neck.
    The two wood screws secured the disk to the neck (2 more for the half that attached to the body), and the machine screw threaded into the middle and clamped the neck down.

    The post-CBS version replaced the disk on the body with a simple hardware store T-nut, and they moved the heel truss rod anchor back to the end of the neck so the adjusting screw would ride on it.
    Much cheaper, no specialized hardware needed, and solved the perceived issues with the 3-bolt neck (which were not a problem with the 3-bolt design, but rather simply sloppy neck fitment.

    This is the complete collection of specialized parts used on that era neck....
    Serial number was on the neck plate until 1976 when it moved to the headstock and has remained ever since except on vintage reissues and specific artist models.

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    mjea80 Lost In The Light Silver Member

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    It all checks out. I just wanted to run it by the wealth of knowledge around here to make sure I wasnt missing anything. :)
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Thought that was the metal disc at the end of the skunk stripe onto which screw pushes? Or, if it’s the bigger plate with three holes in it, is the Centre one threaded to allow adjustment either way by loosening or tightening the screw? I admit to being confused and, apparently, ignorant!
     
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    A through answer sir! Thank you! Have heard of the "micro tilt" but never really seen it. Now I can stop looking for George Washington.
     
  14. CB91710

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    The part that attaches to the neck has 3 holes... two for the wood screws to mount it, and the large center hole is threaded for the machine screw.
    The part that attaches to the body has 4 holes... two for the wood screws to mount it, the large center hole is clearanced for the machine screw, and the 3rd at the bottom is threaded for the grub screw tilt adjuster.
     
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    Thanks for the explanation, and very clear it is too!