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NGD: 60's Road Worn

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  1. brushfirewolf

    brushfirewolf Strat-Talk Member

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    Just picked this up. Plays and sounds fantastic- just as good as my Am Std. Kind of wish the olympic white was available w/ a maple board but I love the look of rosewood/pau ferro.
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    It has a bit of space between the body and neck on the back which doesn’t seem to have any affect on performance or tuning but still bothers me a bit. Not sure if I should keep it or return.
     
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  2. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nice score...

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  3. brushfirewolf

    brushfirewolf Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for some reason I can't drop an image in the body of the post. :(
     
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    Love Those! Owned one for a while and have the neck of it on a custom built now. Really nice guitars!
     
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    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

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    Lovely...I own two sunburst 60s Roadworns and love them.Congratulations!!
     
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  6. brushfirewolf

    brushfirewolf Strat-Talk Member

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    Yeah the neck is excellent. I love the ivory dots. I've always preferred a maple board on guitars (oddly enough I prefer the feel of rosewood on basses, though) but this thing is growing on me. I wish it didn't have the little gap in the pocket but hopefully I can get past it.
     
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    Obviously we all have our tolerances. but if it plays and sounds right, I wouldn't give that small gap another thought. But, obviously, if it's gonna keep bothering you, you should probably return it...

    I love the feel of those roadworn necks. Just put a 50's RW neck on my Robert Cray hardtail a few days ago and turned it from a great guitar into a dream guitar...

    -Ray
     
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  8. brushfirewolf

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    Yeah it is very small. I'm sure I can take it to my local tech and get it fixed. Should probably take it in for a real set up anyway. I added a pic of the gap with a pick next to it for scale. YbynD2q.jpg
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Nice guitar. I had one a few years back. Enjoy.
     
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    Saw your thread- beautiful guitar. If I get the chance at some point I may swap this neck for a 50's RW for the maple fretboard.
     
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    If that's the combination you wanted, go for it. The 50s neck is also a soft-V instead of a C, and I've read it's a little chunkier than the 60's, but it's not a fat neck by a long shot. The Roadworn tele and 50s roadworn strat are the most comfortable Fender necks I've played and both of them are what I consider to be "goldilocks" necks - not too skinny, not too fat - just right! Of course it's all a matter of personal preference in the end...

    -Ray
     
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  13. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    Can you actually drop in the pick in that gap or is it only a picture lighting effect? Are the back screws tight enough? If yes the problem could be the screws are biting the wood in the body holes (which should never be the case in order to assure good tightening between neck and body).
     
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    Congrats!
    Love those 60s roadworn
     
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    Looks great and in my limited experience those are serious kick-butt 60s strats. No idea whether the gap is a problem – from the picture, that’s not my impression. Congrats!
     
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    I cannot drop a pick into the gap. It’s very small (looks a lot worse in the pic) but it’s clearly only on the one side. I’ve taken the neck off and the neck bolts definitely thread in the body. Very tightly threaded into the body in fact since I have to use a screwdriver to get them through the body. The gap was still there though when I had the bolts out and just clamped together so I’m not convinced it’s the cause.
     
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    How deep is the gap? How far in can you slip a piece of paper?

    The photos you posted of the pocket are gone. Could the neck sticker be causing your gap?
     
  18. brushfirewolf

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    A piece of paper goes in far. Sticker isn’t the problem I did check that and the pocket is clean E371FB6B-A71C-4E22-904C-F197A47AAE7E.jpeg
     
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    Congrats, and hopefully the gap is nothing to worry about.
    I love the look of that guitar and am keeping my eye open for used Road Worn Strats and Teles. I have the Sunburst model Strat and absolutely love it.
     
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  20. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    That's not right, if you feel confident you can drill and enlarge those holes in the body, the screws should not bite the body wood, they should be completely loose so that you can drop them in the holes with no pressure. In your current situation the neck is not firmly in contact with the body, if you fix the issue the neck and body will be straightened and the gap will disappear.
     
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