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NGD (New to me) '95 MIM Pic heavy

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by mduganjr, May 31, 2018.

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    mduganjr Strat-Talker

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    I've been looking to put together a partscaster for a while, but this guitar popped up yesterday on the local Craigslist. I figured I might as well go check it out. I decided to bring it home. This is my first MIM guitar. Back when I played a few of these in '95 I remember not thinking the fit and finish were as nice as some other models, but this one seems pretty nice.

    The frets appear to be in real nice shape, butt looks like it hasn't been cleaned since about 1999 though. So once I polish up the frets and moisten up the fingerboard and polish the body, I'm sure it will look quite nice. I wasn't expecting a single ply PG with staggered poles. I did a little research and these are supposed to have ceramic pickups. I'll pull the PG later today and check. The guy who had it said he bought it around 2002 and he added the tuners, graphite saddles, nut and the output jack. I would be lying if I said the different finish metals don't bother me... Esp the gold output jack!

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    strat_strummer Most Honored Senior Member

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    Awesome guitar, congrats..
     
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    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    It's a traditional same as the Squier series with a different name but looks like a lot of the "inferior" stuff has been changed anyway
     
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    carver Gone strangling

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    that thing has been modified in all the right places.

    looks great.

    I actually really like mid 90s mim necks. I think they are really nice.
     
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    shovelmike Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats on the nice MIM Strat!
     
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    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    Nice. Interested to see what the electronics are.
     
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    mduganjr Strat-Talker

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    Any ideas on value? I gave $320 for it including a hard shell case. I figured I could part it out and at least get my money back if I needed to. I'll open the electronics later today hopefully!

    I'd like to drop some Highway One or Classic 70's Signature pickups in it with a proper 3 ply pickguard. That's my vision anyway.
     
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    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Don't know about US prices but in UK they are going for £200 to £250 plus a bit for the upgrades. Upgrades don't usually add to the value but in this case I am sure they do.
     
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    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

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    IMHO, at that price you didn't actually "steal" it, but didn't really get robbed either! Fair price for a nice guitar , especially if YOU like it!
    HNUGD,
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    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice MIM!!! What kind of nut is that?
     
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    I'd say a little more than fair considering the tuners, nut, string blocks and case. Whoever did the nut also did a nice job which isn't always the case.
     
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    Teddy Watkins Senior Stratmaster

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    320 is high for these but it has some nice upgrades, if you want them. I can't tell if those are staggered sperzels but if they are you shouldn't need that string tree.
     
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    That's a lot! MIM Black labels around here typically go for about $150-200 tops.....
     
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    Teddy Watkins Senior Stratmaster

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    I got mine for 180 with with some cheap lipstick pickups in it. The tuners, nut, and saddles on the OP's are at least $100 in just parts.
     
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    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    Oh I know...but I have a Squier Deluxe Strat.....$300 US new.....and I put $300 in parts into it......it's not worth $600 or anywhere near it....maybe $200 tops....upgrades don't add value....
     
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    Teddy Watkins Senior Stratmaster

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    They don't always add value but you can't say they never add value. If that guitar is exactly what he was looking for, the package isn't unreasonable. I wouldn't expect to get my money back when I sell it though.
     
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    wow almost exactly like mine. i have a black 95 with the roller nut and graphtec saddles as well except mine has a maple board. it's my current #1 strat.

    enjoy
     
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    Of course upgrades add value, just not full value. I'm still curious what the pickups are. I can't imagine all those other upgrades and a case with stock pickups.
     
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    Teddy Watkins Senior Stratmaster

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    I was thinking the same but you would think the seller would've mentioned that. Pole stagger looks like what I've seen of presumably stock pickups. Maybe they liked the stock pickups? Or put them back in to sell it.
     
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    Man, that is nice. Congrats!
     
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