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Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by The Apostle, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. The Apostle

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    I've listened to the Bobby Fuller Four's cover of "I Fought The Law...And The Law Won" all weekend and I had a look at some pictures of him and I noticed something odd with his Stratocaster on the headstock...

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    These two are the same guitar:

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    Also, does the Strat in this video look like a pre 1968 maple cap?

    Bobby Fuller I Fought The Law HQ STEREO! - YouTube
     
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    I saw that clip (Hullabaloo show) of Bobby Fuller on the local PBS station over the weekend. Did not notice anything odd about the guitar's look, but the recording does sound interesting, there is a lot of "ring" to it, for lack of a better term.

    I would think that guitar is a pre 1968, I think Bobby Fuller died before then.
     
  3. The Apostle

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    What i'm trying to say is that there is something weird going on with his Strat. Firstly is the extra tuners on the headstock. And secondly is that his guitar appears to be a pre CBS maple cap as I can't see no walnut plug and it has a 11 hole pickguard.

    Here's another picture. Take note of the grey strip between the bridge and the bridge pickup. It's one of those punched stick-on labels:

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    Closeup of the label:

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    It does look like in the photo with the lady holding the Strat, and the one in which Bobby is wearing the corduroy jacket, that the Strat has extra strings.

    It would be interesting to hear more about it, and find a better photo of it.

    I wonder if Bobby put his name on his guitar because Buddy Holly had 2 or 3 of his stolen??
     
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    To me it looks like a mid 1959 to early 1963 (screw between middle and neck PU) Stratocaster with a maple cap (no walnut plug) and 11 hole pickguard that has had three extra tuners installed (obviously after they appeared on that TV show) where the decal is (visible in #1 and #3 pictures of my first post, #2 picture they are removed but the holes and bushings are visible) and then the maple cap has been replaced with a rosewood fretboard...weird!

    Oh, and it appears the other guitarist had a maple cap too.

    Here's another pic:

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    Or he's strung his Strat up like a Les Paul.
     
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    I believe that photo of him in the corduroy jacket would have been around the time of his last concert, in July of 1966. I read that he had grown the goatee about that time.

    Where did you find the photo of the lady with the guitar? The Strat she is holding has the gray label and extra string or strings.
     
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    That is what I was thinking. Just didn't bother removing the other tuners. Interesting. Really doesn't look like it has extra strings to me.
     
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    Now thats another idea... he went to 3 plus 3 with it.

    That did not occur to me.
     
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    That may the case... he made it a 3 plus 3.

    Looks like he did it on 2 guitars... one maple neck, one rosewood.
     
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    Many prefer the 3+3/4 +2 over 6 inline. Never seen anyone take this approach to remedy that preference. Might have felt it helped with tuning stability. Would like to see a good pic of that headstock. Looks a little like a musicman.
     
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    Only just this morning well not an hour ago watch a documentary on unsolved crime and none other than Bobby Fuller was on it.

    Poor man.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    From what I've read about Bobby's strat it was a '59 and his brother Randy still owns it down in El Paso.
     
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