Buying a 1971-1974 Stratocaster would appreciate any advice!

Intune

Senior Stratmaster
Jan 14, 2021
4,920
Edmonton, Alberta
So for you to buy anything in Australia is the prices 3 times as much as in the US or even Canada? I mean a 1970 at $15k US seems insane.

The 80’s avri’s you were looking at were $8-10k for a $2-$3k guitar anywhere else in the world. I don’t really get it and if that’s the case for you, you’re already maxed out at what anything you buy and it increasing in value years from now.

Why is it that everything seems to be 3 times the price for you?
 

Mr Dunlop

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 30, 2014
3,939
usa
I reckon you might be onto it Parksie. I hear what the experts are saying here, but they can’t all be crap! You might need to sift through a load of them before you found a keeper, but if you’re not in a hurry...

Those 70’s strats are very affordable out here. I’ve actually noticed a few over the past few weeks going for very reasonable prices. Like, 3K to 4K. There’s been a couple of them turn up on the Vintage Guitars Australia page on FB. There’s a drop dead gorgeous 79 with original hang tags there at the moment for 3.8K. Mind you, it’s the classic case queen that looks like it’s never been played, prolly because it’s crap! Obviously, you’d want to have a good look over it first, but it’s only a couple of hours away from you.

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Is that the pic of the 79?
If so the plastics should be black ( pickguard, knobs, pickup covers).
 

Parksie

Strat-O-Master
Sep 6, 2020
916
Sydney
So for you to buy anything in Australia is the prices 3 times as much as in the US or even Canada? I mean a 1970 at $15k US seems insane.

The 80’s avri’s you were looking at were $8-10k for a $2-$3k guitar anywhere else in the world. I don’t really get it and if that’s the case for you, you’re already maxed out at what anything you buy and it increasing in value years from now.

Why is it that everything seems to be 3 times the price for you?

Im not sure if they are 3 times the price however have a search for 1970's strats with the 4 bolt neck and you may get a surprise on how much they cost.

Heres an extreme case but a mint example....

https://guitargiraffe.com/en/guitar...-0717669968925.html#/21-shipping_insurance-no

Its USD13,500.00 OR $17,000 Australian.

Heres another example.....

https://www.vintageandrare.com/product/Fender-Stratocaster-1970-Sunburst-3-Tone-71640

The 4 bolt in 1970 was the last of the late 60's production and thy are very sought after.

Olympic white in particular no doubt due to a guy name Jim Hendrix.

Apparently there wasn't a lot of production in 1970 as well so they are sought after.

Hope this info helps clarify the asking prices of the 4 bolt 1970 Strats.

Cheers.
 

Gedster

Strat-Talker
May 11, 2021
147
NSW Australia
Is that the pic of the 79?
If so the plastics should be black ( pickguard, knobs, pickup covers).

It’s described as a ‘79 in beautiful condition. That’s it. Nothing else in the description. It’s on an FB Vintage Guitars for sale page, so probably not a good place to try and pull a swifty, but you never know...
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Guitar boy

Strat-Talker
Dec 19, 2020
104
Long Island, New York
I general I've found there's good and bad in every era of guitars.
My friend has a 72 Strat he bought new and its one of the nicest Strats Ive ever played.
It sounded great too, but he did have VanZandts pickups in the guitar.
 

Gedster

Strat-Talker
May 11, 2021
147
NSW Australia
This one is closer to what your looking for Parksie, but a long drive to check it out. Maple board again though, but this looks to have been played and loved throughout its life. If I hadn’t been busy selling off vintage guitars all year, I’d be tempted to go and have a look at that one myself. It’s been up there for a few weeks now 78F70AC6-E096-4757-9E6A-9A080E1CC77C.png 444F9D3E-107D-4043-9438-189EECE1129D.png and no one has bowled him over in the rush to grab it, so the price might be softening a bit by now.....



https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mou...s/vintage-1974-fender-stratocaster/1274532757
 

Parksie

Strat-O-Master
Sep 6, 2020
916
Sydney
This one is closer to what your looking for Parksie, but a long drive to check it out. Maple board again though, but this looks to have been played and loved throughout its life. If I hadn’t been busy selling off vintage guitars all year, I’d be tempted to go and have a look at that one myself. It’s been up there for a few weeks now View attachment 481995 View attachment 481996 and no one has bowled him over in the rush to grab it, so the price might be softening a bit by now.....



https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mou...s/vintage-1974-fender-stratocaster/1274532757

I actually pinged this guy a message about 5 days ago and he hasn't responded.
 

BluesForDan

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 2, 2008
1,246
southern NH
Blackmore played 70's strats (still does) he wasn't bad

it would take a suicidal sales clerk with a raging death wish to try to sell Blackmore a crappy Strat. He had decades of experience by the time the '70s rolled around. I was a greenhorn and the sales guy saw me from a mile away. Probably sold me the worst guitar in the store, no doubt.
 

stratocarlster

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 6, 2012
9,206
Telephone Road
Another overpriced, modified example. Replaced bridge, selector switch, headstock decal, refret and refinish on the neck and questionable pickups (and that's with no detailed photos). It's your money but I'd be very careful.

The ad is classic hustle. Note use of the word 'authentic' to suggest originality without actually claiming it.
 

nutball73

Senior Stratmaster
Nov 12, 2013
3,492
Southern UK
Mojo to burn FFS..

A non-stock guitar described by an idiot and over priced - that's £2500 in English money.

Buy a nice custom shop guitar, or better still, a Suhr, and be done with it...
 

Parksie

Strat-O-Master
Sep 6, 2020
916
Sydney
Another overpriced, modified example. Replaced bridge, selector switch, headstock decal, refret and refinish on the neck and questionable pickups (and that's with no detailed photos). It's your money but I'd be very careful.

Thanks Kurher - really appreciate your insight!!

Cheers.
 


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