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EJ STRAT PICK-UPS, and ASSEMBLY QUESTION

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Twang Banger, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. Twang Banger

    Twang Banger Blues and Country pick'n

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    I bought what is purported to be a 2005 EJ Strat. There is no date stamp anywhere on the neck or body. It is definitely an EJ neck and body. Is the sticker inside the pick-guard (shown) typical for this guitar? Any comments on the pickups (note: bridge pu is out right now) or the wiring assembly??

    I am pretty sure I have not been faked-out, but if some of you EJ experts think differently, let me know!

    Thank you.

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  2. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    I had mine apart about 6 months ago and I should have taken photos. The tone cap and controls look right and I think I recall the same writing on my pickups. If I have the chance I’ll pull my guard and take some photos to post here. I had always thought that there was a treble bleed on the EJ but mine didn’t have one and neither does yours.
     
  3. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    That looks right as best I can remember when I had mine opened a year or so ago. And the EJ does not have a treble bleed on it. All three of my EJ's had a date on the heel of the neck and in the neck pocket. Post more pics of the guitar if you can.
     
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  5. Twang Banger

    Twang Banger Blues and Country pick'n

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    Neck, neck pocket, front and back. Looks legit to me, and I wonder if perhaps the first year they were not date stamping the necks or something. The frets are right for an EJ (I've had 4 of them!), and it is definitely nitro lacquered ... staggered vintage tuning keys, etc. I was just curious about the sticker inside the pick guard ... that seems like a crappy way to establish date without neck and pocket stamps to match.

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  6. jball85

    jball85 Strat-O-Master

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    Mine had no treble bleed. The neck pickup in the first photo looks suspect to me.

    This is my EJ pickguard. However, I replaced the neck pup with a Fat 50, and added a copper shield, treble bleed, and changed the .1uf to .047uf
     
  7. jball85

    jball85 Strat-O-Master

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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yeah they may have not been dating the neck heel and pocket back then. The body, trem block and lack of back cover holes all look 100% legit and the pickups look right to including the sharpie saying EJ and neck, middle and bridge.
     
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  9. Twang Banger

    Twang Banger Blues and Country pick'n

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    Agree. The sharpie writing on the pickups has always been done on the EJs to the best of my knowledge. Trem block, uncovered back (and no screw holes) all look right. Also, when I lifted the pickguard there were no telltale CNC machine guiding holes, like in this example:

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  10. Antstrat

    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Took my guard off just a few months ago to answer a forum members question about this very same thing, I shoulda took friggin pics! I'm 98.46% sure that you were not faked out.

    edit: I don't know why I quoted Vid's post. It's Friday and I'm tired.
     
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  11. LOSTVENTURE

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    The base plate for the neck mounting bolts is a special design, unique for the EJ model. I did not see any pictures showing that.
     
  12. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks fine to me
    Your pots date the 30th week of 2005.
    Here is a pic from my EJ

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  13. Twang Banger

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    The neck plate is the correct one with low 2000 serial number EJ022XX


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