Happy Birthday to My Strat!

Discussion in 'Pre-CBS Strats (before 1966)' started by lbpesq, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. lbpesq

    lbpesq Strat-O-Master

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    Today, September 22, 2020, my ‘61 Stratocaster turns 59 years old! I believe I am the third caretaker of this lovely instrument which came into my life, with case and a crybaby, for $125 back in 1975. Olympic White (which is now a pale yellow thanks to age and patina), slab-board Rosewood neck. Original except for frets and a five-way switch. When I got it I intended to strip it and stain it dark. Thankfully, I never got around to it!

    Happy Birthday!

    Bill, tgo
     
  2. Tsjackson

    Tsjackson Senior Stratmaster

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    Pictures, or I’m not wishing it a happy birthday
     
  3. mikej89

    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    A real Olympic White '61 slab board? :eek::eek::eek:

    Not showing pictures is illegal lol.
     
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  4. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    You found that date on a strat?? Pictures please ;)
     
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  5. lbpesq

    lbpesq Strat-O-Master

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    The date is hand written on the butt of the neck, though I haven’t had it off in over 40 years. I’ll try and take some pics of the guitar and post after work if I get home early enough for there still to be decent light.

    Bill, tgo
     
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  6. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-O-Master

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    Show the birthday girl some photo love.
     
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  7. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster

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    Happy Birthday to your Strat

    Life is good,
    Robin
     
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  8. lbpesq

    lbpesq Strat-O-Master

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    I got home with just enough light to grab my iPad and take these pics outside. Here we go, 59 years young today! As you can see, she ain’t no closet queen. I played her as my prime guitar for about 25 years until the guitar‘s value went up to the point where I couldn’t feel comfortable leaving it on-stage on a stand during breaks.

    Bill, tgo

    P.S. my wife won’t let me display it on a stand in the living room (where I regularly rotate different guitars for display) as she thinks it’s ugly! Wives & guitars ... what can I say?

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  9. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    That's the real thing right there brother! :)
     
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    MyToyBrain Strat-Talk Member

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    Beautiful!!!!!!
     
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  11. Lankytwang

    Lankytwang Strat-O-Master

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    Gorgeous old Strat..naturally reliced by playing.
     
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  12. Jesse414

    Jesse414 Senior Stratmaster

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    that is beautiful !
     
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  13. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    Now that is what a relic should look,like! Congrats and Happy Birthday! Good old natural wear from playing. It’s beautiful!
     
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    FrieAsABird Senior Stratmaster

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    Thats a Dream Right there! Happiest of birthdays to this beauty!
     
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    Gorgeous.. and what a great looking neck.
     
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    Jerseystratfiend Senior Stratmaster

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    Lovely
     
  17. lbpesq

    lbpesq Strat-O-Master

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    Thanks everyone. I’ll definitely be showing these posts to my wife! Lol!

    Bill, tgo
     
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    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    You basically own my ultimate holy grail Strat which is a white '62 slab board with gold hardware like this one...

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    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Great looking guitar!!!!
     
  20. Groovey

    Groovey Dr. Stratster

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    That thing is a wreck! Let me give you 2k$ for it so you can get a new one.
     
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