Buying a 1971-1974 Stratocaster would appreciate any advice!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Parksie, May 23, 2021.

  1. Intune

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    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?
     
  2. Mr Dunlop

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

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    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.
     
  4. Gedster

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    Yep, he's got it advertised as a '79. I'll re-check the description when im back at a computer with FB.
     
  5. Intune

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    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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  7. Mr Dunlop

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    yah its not all original then.
    The plastics should be black
     
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  8. Guitar boy

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    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.
     
  9. Intune

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  10. Gedster

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    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
     
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  11. Intune

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    That looks great, nice looking flame neck too!
     
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  12. Parksie

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

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    That’s probably why it’s still for sale!! That drives me nuts, you have something for sale, keep up on the ad or replies.
     
  14. Gedster

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    hmm, maybe his arthritis isnt playing up so much at the moment.... we roll into winter next week, so maybe he'll get all keen again.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    The ad is classic hustle. Note use of the word 'authentic' to suggest originality without actually claiming it.
     
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    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...
     
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  19. Parksie

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    Thanks Kurher - really appreciate your insight!!

    Cheers.
     
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