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CBS forgot to put the neck screws in my Strat!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Starbuck, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Starbuck

    Starbuck Strat-Talk Member

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    After 39 years I removed the neck from my 1974 Strat. The two screws that hold the micro tilt plate to the neck, not there! Pictures show the holes have smooth bore, never threaded. So the neck was being attached by only two bolts all these years--I had the only two bolt neck Strat ever. Should be worth a lot?
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  2. oldwolf

    oldwolf Strat-O-Master

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    I'm not sure if it's worth a lot because of the error, but in my 40 plus years as a guitar tech, I have never seen that one before.
    Gene Warner
    retired repairman
     
  3. blueworm

    blueworm Senior Stratmaster

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    2 bolt neck... Priceless.
     
  4. Donald77

    Donald77 Senior Stratmaster

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    Oops :idea:
     
  5. madmat

    madmat But I digress Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Maybe it is more common than you may think, after all, how many times have folks complained about loose neck fit on CBS 3 bolt Strats?
     
  6. railroadman

    railroadman Senior Stratmaster

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    And right next to the inspection stamp. Lovely.
     
  7. psallo

    psallo Senior Stratmaster

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    So what did it look like on the outside?
     
  8. Fernandomania

    Fernandomania Senior Stratmaster

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    Is that covered under the limited lifetime warranty?
     
  9. blueworm

    blueworm Senior Stratmaster

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    Just out of curiosity ... what did you decide to remove that neck after 39 years unmoved ?
     
  10. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Hah!!:D I don't know what Fender was offering in 1974 but by 1979 they were only offering a 5-year warranty. Somewhere I still have the "owners card" for my Lead II; they used to return this ID card to you after you sent in the warranty registration that shows the 5 year term.

    That one could have been a "Monday Morning" hangover guitar, or a "Friday Afternoon" let's get the hell out of here guitar.
     
  11. Robins

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    Lol:D
    I never saw that before. I think you didn´t missed them for 39 years and yes it´s worth a lot - the missing of the screws is priceless:D
    I would add them now anyway.
    Fender - always good for a surprise.

    Welcome by the way, awesome 1st post! you made my day.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
  12. psallo

    psallo Senior Stratmaster

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    You should definitely contact fender and request remediation, just to see what they say.
     
  13. Dare1

    Dare1 Senior Stratmaster

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    Should be pretty valuable, but not as much as the infamous 1-bolt neck.

    or the even more mysterious no-bolt neck. :eek:

    :mrgreen:
     
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    JayJ Senior Stratmaster

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    ***s given that day: NONE.
     
  15. Starbuck

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    I recently noticed the tone pots are barely working, so I took it all apart to clean them, thought I would check for a date on the neck while I had it apart. Neck date is almost completely invisible, you can barely tell it was stamped, can't see a single number.
     
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    Johnniez Strat-Talker

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    If its not big deal to you. Give Fender a call.. They might be interested for a museum or other. Problem is most folks and companies don't like to show there 'errors' ;-)

    Be worth a call tho? You might have your retirement fund right there in your hands just a callin'

    Johnnie
     
  17. Starbuck

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    Outside looks great. I have taken care of it over the years.
     
  18. softwarejanitor

    softwarejanitor Most Honored Senior Member

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    And some CBS apologists insist that everybody that says that Fender quality control in the 1970s was a little fast and loose is a hater!
     
  19. Robins

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    But it also proves that even 2 screws are enough.;)

    All the best,
    Robin
     
  20. softwarejanitor

    softwarejanitor Most Honored Senior Member

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    That is possible... however, many of the wobbly 3 bolt Strats have all the parts screwed in place like they should... just that some of the neck pockets are routed a little big and so there are gaps between the neck and the pocket, and unless the old 3-bolt microtilt system is set up just right it usually isn't going to be very stable if that is the case. Sometimes getting them to be tight and solid requires shimming despite the micro-tilt supposedly eliminating that need.
     
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