NGD-'88 American Standard

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Theron, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Theron

    Theron Strat-Talker

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    Just traded for an ‘88 American Standard (my birth year!)
    It has some awesome natural wear on it at 31 years old (much like myself, although I wouldn’t describe my wear as “awesome”)
    Not sure on the pickups...they’re not original, but as worn as the rest of the guitar. Cloth covered wires, fiber bobbin and non rwrp middle...will have to check with the meter for more info.
    Only thing I plan to swap are the tuners with ClassicGear Kluson style, probably Friday when I can get some strings.

    P.S. Some of you may recognize this from a recent post...yep, I got it from Lonn...got to meet the man in person today! Thanks again Lonn!!

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  2. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    Congrats. HNGD
     
  3. JP68

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    Beautiful! I just bought a '99 Am Std and couldn't be happier. Enjoy your new guitar!
     
  4. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    Looks fantastic. 1988 was a special year for sure. I should know. Your guitar has the charm and slight wear of one born in '88 :cool::whistling::p
     
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  5. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Nice deal all the way around. Very cool to have a birth year guitar.

    At my age a "birth year" guitar is pretty much out of the question for me - even a 1962 like a Melody Maker or a Jazzmaster/Jaguar would set me back more than I would really like to put into a guitar, and a Strat, Tele, or 335 would be way out of reach.
     
  6. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    Me too, I couldn’t afford a 69 strat. Not sure I’d want one. But it would be cool to have a fifty year old guitar.
     
  7. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Looks to be in pretty good shape for 31 years old.
    5 springs - Raw Vintage?

    Somewhere, I bookmarked the argument for raw vintage 5 spring set.
    The gist of it was that lower tension springs provided more stability and smoother
    Bi- directional tremolo. If I can find it, I will add it.
     
  8. circles

    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    Classic!
     
  9. Theron

    Theron Strat-Talker

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    It has plenty of bumps, and dings...just didn’t really show in the pics...
    And I believe three of the springs are original to the guitar, the other two are fairly new and I added them in there to deck it.
     
  10. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Strat-O-Master

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    Really nice Burst on that one. Looks great with that dark fretboard.

    Congrats!
     
  11. Yves

    Yves Most Honored Senior Member

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    Cool swap, Congrats!
     
  12. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Very nice indeed.

    I have a 3tsb E8 too, bought it new back in the day.


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  13. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

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    Why replace the tuners?
     
  14. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice one! As nice as the am special you traded for it!
     
  15. Theron

    Theron Strat-Talker

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    I personally like the feel and look of Klusons... I mean that’s all the reason I really need
     
  16. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Lovely lookin guitar!
     
  17. mijstrat72

    mijstrat72 Strat-Talker

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    Unfortunately vintage tuners may not work. There are conversion bushings made but they don't always fit the headstock holes correctly.
    Other options such as filling the holes etc. are more work then its worth. Those oem tuners are fine and will last the life of the guitar.
     
  18. Theron

    Theron Strat-Talker

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    They will work...they are the new Fender ClassicGear tuners...they look vintage, but mount with 2 pins and the nut, instead of a bushing...and they are 19:1 ratio too.
     
  19. BlueCajun

    BlueCajun Senior Stratmaster

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    I had no idea those existed. Very cool. Might have to give those a try with my American Standard.
     
  20. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    They are a recent thing - Fender has them on the American Performer range which came out at the first of December last year; they brought them out as an accessory right after the first of the year.

    Here's the link to the page on Fender's website:

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts...s/classicgear-tuning-machines/0990802100.html
     
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