Can you believe someone’s written on this ‘63 Strat!

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by Cymro, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. PBO Blues

    PBO Blues Strat-Talker

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    Exactly! When the was done it was just another new, run-of-the-mill Strat. No big deal.
     
  2. possumkiller

    possumkiller Strat-Talker

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    Just wait. In another 50 years people will be getting just as emotional about people defacing their bullet strats now.
     
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  3. Dibbs

    Dibbs Strat-O-Master

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    Or, OR, here's an idea, SIGN IT ON THE BACK OF THE GUITAR!

    They turned a beautiful guitar into an eyesore.
     
  4. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    No, it's not. If I bought it, it's my property, and I can do what I want with it, and I don't care what anyone else thinks. That goes for guitars, cars, whatever.

    I find the whole collectors market ridiculous. If these guitars were not "collectors items" and were only worth as much as any other used Strat, no one would care.
     
  5. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    Good eye!!!
    10-hole guard suggests it's from a '59. Still I have not seen that exact pattern- same as 11-hole, minus the top mid-p'up area screw.
    I would love to know if that guard is authentic (to a '59).
     
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  6. runningonempty

    runningonempty Strat-Talk Member

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    it’s as if i walked into GC today bought a brand new strat took it home and scribbled on it and 50 years on someone is getting upset about it.

    plus it’s part of that guitar’s story. if you don’t like it don’t buy it.
     
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  7. Dreamdancer

    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes cause it would be a covid strat...
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

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    like mentioned,

    big money in signed merchandise and it was a beater when they signed it.

    only us guitar freaks care about the guitar, many folks have paid thousands of dollars for $99 signed squiers cuz they want the memorabilia.

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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I really don't see what all the fuss is about. That guitar was a tool used in one of the biggest music events in the history of the world. It was then signed by David Bowie and Kevin Armstrong to give the guitar it's provenance as being used in the show for a fund raiser auction.
    It was Kevin's guitar when they did it. So no one else had a say in the matter. Then, didn't he give it away to raise money for the cause? Think about that for a second. How many of us would step up like that...giving away one of our prized axes to help someone else, or many others, that we don't know or will never meet.
    No one complains about Jimi Hendrix' Monterey Strat that he drew on with a couple markers before a show. In fact, people are replicating it now. He did it because he thought it was cool and it was used for his own gain. To my knowledge, it wasn't donated to help feed starving people...or anyone in need for that matter.
    I know some people think my work is blasphemous. Who knows, if those guitars last 50 years, someone might ***** about it but they were mine when I did my mods. I also get to know that some of them went to help people too. I could only dream that some of my builds would ever bring as much, and help as many that one did. The axes I've built and donated to charity causes have gotten lots of praise here and there is by far more than just some ink on them. So I ask these questions.

    1.Really, what's the difference?
    2. In the end, why does it really matter? It will not last forever.
     
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  10. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    The pickguard seems to be different in the more recent photo than from the 1985 one.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Looks like the 1985 photo had an eleven hole pg.
     
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  12. Lankytwang

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    If memory serves me correctly (and it may not do after all the years)I think the screw pattern could be legit.In the 60s I had a 59 with a single ply guard...it had the same screw pattern....after much use it bowed away from the body between the middle and neck P/U I assume that's why they added the extra screw.Whether the 3 ply guard bowed as much I don't know.
     
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  13. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    I have catalogued about 9 different styles of 1959 pickguards. This one would be unique to any I have yet seen.
     
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  14. Wayne D.

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    Quit bashing my guitar. :D
     
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  15. montemerrick

    montemerrick no earthly reason why

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    For real blasphemy, just look at the thread title. Is it a question or an exclamation?

    I guess we'll never know
     
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    Thinking out loud; if you can get upset over someone writing on a guitar (pre CBS or not) you don’t even own, I guess you’re the one with a problem! It’s just a fkng guitar!
     
  17. Dibbs

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    Yanno, yeah, I can believe somebody wrote all over that guitar. Harder to believe in the few, rare, instances, when nobody has done something completely tasteless, and left a vintage strat or tele in mint condition, with a well taken care of original case.