help deciding if i should buy this 74 strat

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  1. musicisthebest

    musicisthebest Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi all, looking to get any opinions on this strat,it has been in the back of a vintage dealer shop, hes pulling it out to sell , $ 2500, the good is the 73 or 74 staggered pole pickups , ive had the later flat pole and what to see if this are better, the neck might be a 73,5 way switch , stamped saddles but the originals are included,pots are changed, the plate is from a 75, its refinished and under 8lbs , i just want it for a player its an hour away and i havent tried it yet but thought id hear what you knowledgeable guys think if its worth the money or even the ride , thanks ,mike,
     

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  2. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That’s too much money IMHO for a guitar in that condition. I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t even pay half that. Keep looking. There are tons of all original ones out there for that kind of coin and a lot less.
     
  3. LordOfPudding

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    I vote no.
     
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  4. Cali Dude

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    I wouldn't be inclined to go for that one. Do you prefer a rounder neck radius? How about the frets? Are they vintage flat frets? How playable is it to you as it is? How much $$will you have to put into it to make it a player?
     
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  5. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    It's your money. I wouldn't. I have a 78 hardtail in much better shape. The shop said $2K CDN if they were to consign it and they are a trusted source.
     
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    70s gear has gone up so much lately!

    I do love 70s strats but given the current price hike on them if it was my money personally would either

    find a used AVRI 70s strat and still have £1500 to buy a beater 70’s strat to restore

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    sit on it till a reasonably priced 70s beauty showed up. I know prices don’t translate well across the pond so I know not of what I speak but that does seem a bit steep
     
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  7. Neil.C

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    Too much money for a refinished model.

    As @Tsjackson said, buy a '70's AVRI, far cheaper and probably a lot better built as well.

    If you must have a real '70's find a nice original version.
     
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    I know virtually zilch about .second hand guitar values in the US but having read your description and before looking at the pictures
    the word Strat was replaced by parts.... To me that's what it is..an instrument built from loosely dated Fender parts .
    You've said you wanted a player..but how much will it cost to get it to playing condition?the frets look fairly knackered for a start and there could be other gremlins lurking.
    FWIW. my opinion is that if the US market is anything like the British one(and I'm sure it will be)there are better deals out there than this.
     
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    There's some proper gash wiring going on in there....
     
  10. Mr C

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    The cow skull would put me off, its like a redneck PRS...

    70's strats seem to be going up a lot here in NZ just in the last 12 to 18 months. You could pick one up for about $2800 but they're all $3.5k plus now. They certainly didn't get any better over time. I think if you want to get one I'd do it soon as the direction of travel on price and availability wise is clear, but hold out for a good one... I knocked back a 73 (birth year) about a year or so ago at $3k (NZD) because I thought it was too much but I can't find a 73 under $4k now...
     
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    train Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    Looks like a partscaster.
     
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    Too much money, $1500 tops..
     
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    Not something I’d give a second look. Messed around with and well worn.
     
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    Hard pass.
     
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    I would pass
    To much money.
     
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    For that money I'd just go and buy a brand new Strat Ultra and still have $600 in my back pocket. I owned 2 '70s Strat in the 1970s, and heck if given the choice I'd buy a new Players Strat over those 2 any day.
     
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    Keep looking, there must be a better one out there for that kind of $$$$$
     
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    I'd definitely be out on this one.
     
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    OP - you could buy a classic suhr for that kind of money! And it will out perform that non original '74 boat anchor.

    I seriously dont get the appeal for "vintage" 70s guitars.

    For the most part, they are a shadow of the product produced in the 60s.

    Strats especially.

    They got heavy, got cheap pot metal parts, worse pickups, poor contouring, gloppy finishes, plus they can be boat anchors.

    IMO, and clearly IMO, the only reason to be searching for a 70s strat over something more modern (again, leaving 60s product OUT) is for the express ability to say " my strat is a '74" or 3 or 7 or whatever.


    Same with 70s and 80s cars. They were crap when they rolled of the assembly line, they are even more so 30 or 40 years later.

    Muscle cars for instance. Post '72 muscle cars are now going up in price.
    1977 Plymouth volarè roadrunner anyone? Thought not. Lol.
     
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