I Bought a NEW IN BOX 2003/4 Strat in 2020!!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by seanrosedotcom, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. CyFan4036

    CyFan4036 Strat-O-Master

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    Really cool man! Congrats!
     
  2. seanrosedotcom

    seanrosedotcom Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you everyone! Much appreciated!! The plastics are indeed shot... and the body and neck are Jan 2004, and the assembly sticker says Feb 24, 2004. So, it is indeed a made/model 2004 Strat. Thanks Tone Deaf for posting the specs!

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  3. Otisblove

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    Wow! That’s awesome. HNGD.
     
  4. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Why are the plastics shot?
    The plastics on my 2004 are fine.
     
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    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow, that’s great.
     
  6. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Nice find! You can't beat new-in-the-box (but lost in the stock room) for a used price!

    Not to speak for @seanrosedotcom but I'm assuming he's saying they are shot because the lettering from all the stickers that were over the protective film have leeched/faded into to plastic, so you'll always see a ghost image of the stickers.
     
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  7. seanrosedotcom

    seanrosedotcom Strat-Talk Member

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    This. Sorry, I'm a sucker for looks. It's going to get new plastics...
     
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    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    You don't remove the plastic film for long enough and it messes it up
     
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  9. Rufustelestrat

    Rufustelestrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Like a time machine, HNGD
     
  10. OttoG

    OttoG Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Awesome! Betcha you gonna have a bit of a hard time peeling that pickguard sticker.
     
  11. OttoG

    OttoG Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    By the way, I followed instructions to peel the film from a guy here, and cleaned the pickguard with olive oil (whaat?) and it works removing the gunk and adhesive.
     
  12. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster

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    Tuxedo time machine.
    Congrats and enjoy.
    Great find.
    All the best,
    Robin
     
  13. Nick L Plate

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    It's great that this happened because you stopped into a local shop. I am still tied to the business of individual buyers procuring intstrument from other people, not corporate enterprises. What a wild and lucky set of circumstances, and a win/win for everyone.
     
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  14. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    That Strat should probably have those “No Name” Alnico V pickups ( like mine does ).
    I think they sound just great. I see a lot of posters on various sites praising their tone.
    Let us know what YOU think...
     
  15. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Man, now that’s a SCORE!!

    Congratulations, and Happy NGD to you! [​IMG]
     
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    New is New ... Congratulations !
     
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    madmtnmotors Strat-Talk Member Silver Member

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    I would think that the plastics could be buffed to a uniform finish?
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Gotta love mom & pop stores -- sweet deal indeed!
     
  19. seanrosedotcom

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    Unfortunately, no. Maybe if it were very new and very light. This is not the first time I have seen this happen and in the past I have tried sanding down to get past the color aberrations and ended up sanding all the way to the black middle layer. If you have a pickguard like this, it's garbage. Bleach, sanding, polish... nothing fixes it if the stickers have been on there for years. This is entirely based on the plastic off gassing and the stickers trap that and it goes very deep in the plastic. It's not a surface imperfection.
     
  20. Lost Sailor

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    The plastics are so easy to replace so who cares? I'd leave it alone so it can tell it's own story. That is such a nice find.....enjoy it
     
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