I dunno, red flag?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by buzzword, Oct 6, 2021.

  1. Wayne Adams

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    A friend of mine (who was playing regularly until the Covid hit) swears he changes his strings "Once a year, whether they need it or not."
     
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  2. Dirtsquirrel

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    Flip 180 degrees on each axis should solve that. Make sure to get a big discount first!
     
  3. Groundwire

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    I had to check for myself, because I thought the same thing, but they do in fact line up when installed upside down. Obviously if you flipped the plate over, so the bevel was on the underside, then they would not line up.
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  4. Intune

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    Yup I just did the same thing. Funny because when I bought this strat(pics page 2) I’m pretty sure the cover was upside down. It lines up perfect both directions. So it’s still “mint” with no added holes.
     
  5. Groundwire

    Groundwire Strat-Talker

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    Yeah, I am not good with the spatial imaging stuff. Like those tests where you supposed guess what a shape will look like rotated on an axis and then turned upside down… not for me. I have a Guild S-100 that came with a right handed trem. I spent an hour disassembling the trem thinking I could flip the plate over and correct the issue before I realized the screw holes weren’t symmetrical and nothing would line up…
     
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    Audiowonderland Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Actually he might... If you deck the trem, that hole doesn't line up well. I have pulled mine many times just because its easier to access the bridge.
     
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  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Yes they do. Best not to put the cover back on when you're being distracted. Don't ask...
     
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  8. ThreeChordWonder

    ThreeChordWonder Senior Stratmaster

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    I have it on good authority, a certain EC who shall not be named, attributes his tone to reversing the back covers.
     
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    Rbert0005 Strat-Talker

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    I don’t see why the cutout is there anyways.
    It’s in the wrong position to be of any use.

    Bob
     
  10. Wound_Up

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    The holes in mine didn't line up with the holes in the trem block. I ended up making it one big rectangle like you see on modern Strats instead of 6 separate ovals and it's a bit easier now.
     
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  11. Wound_Up

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    So after looking at a few pics, it's quite possible that cover in the 1st post was made incorrectly. Look at this one compared to the rear of this MIM Strat below it. The lone cover plate appears to have been mfg'd backwards, like the one in the original post. Look at the center, right side screw. It's above centerline in both pics meaning it's in the same place on both covers, yet one has the cutout up top. It would install on the blue Strat fine, with no extra holes. And would look just like the 1st post.

    Its quite possible the current owner didn't make any extra holes to install it that way. They may have a backwards trem plate.

    Edit: nevermind. Lol. I think it's just upside down in the first pic. Still, it appears it would install fine that way, with no modifications to the rear of the guitar. Flip the pic 180 degrees and the center, right screw hole is still above centerline, as shown in the upside down photo. So it's still possible no extra holes were made to install it that way.

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  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I've never had to take the backplate off any of my Strats to change the strings. It never even occurred to me to do so.
     
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  13. nutball73

    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Left handed backplate?
     
  14. Wound_Up

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    I'm wondering why Fender hasn't gone to the magnetic back plate yet? That's the bees knees right there.
     
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    Nah, I'm sure it's just upside down.
     
  16. Andrew Wasson

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    I only took mine off after seeing that Eric Johnson character had done so. When it appeared that my playing, tone, sound and overall musical skills weren’t affected in any way, I put it back on.
     
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  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Eric who?
     
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  18. Andrew Wasson

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    That young whippersnapper Eric Johnson. Plays guitar that sounds like a violin.

    In reality, he’s probably a few years older than me. I’ve only seen him live once. He was doing a tour with Mike Stern. Heck of a good musician. I do love his overdrive violin tone.
     
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  19. Wound_Up

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    I just looked it up. He's 67!?!? Jeez. All that does is make me realize how much older I'm getting. Well, me and all of the musicians who inspire me. One day, they'll all be gone. I hate that I missed out on a lot of the ones that are gone already.
     
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  20. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I suppose I'm a bit unusual, in the respect that I have very little interest in guitarists or music in general.