Stratocaster 1966 neck real or not?

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  1. nz241

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    Hi guys provisionally got this "1966 stratocaster neck" on hold until i verify it, it all looks ok to me other than the non original tuners, all your thoughts and experience is appreciated, thanks again. Price is $2000

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    stevierayfan91 DEEPLY SHY.

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    $2,000 seems a bit high, considering it’s in really rough shape @nz241 ?
     
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    Hi @stevierayfan91 yeah im in the uk and unfortunately anything vintage fender are crazy prices, thats on the lower side of some of the prices ive seen believe it or not
     
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    hi , @nz241 :)


    I guess it’s a case of whether want & is really that year


    Tagging @Bazz Jass and @Mipstoo to help check if is real
     
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    If its genuine its exactly what im looking for to pair up with a body etc, love the feel of the vintage necks, thanks @stevierayfan91
     
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    The tuners are wrong.
     
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    Yeah he did say there non original tuners so thats ok, thanks @fezz parka
     
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    Looks legit. The Fingerboard looks mighty light though. Didn't get oiled or played as much as some I guess. 20210917_182045.jpg
     
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    @tubedude yeah that was one thing i thought aswell a very light fret board, after doing a bit of research it seems fret doctor will help with that, doesnt seem like its been oiled before
     
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    You can get a wonderful neck that would be 15% of that neck.

    There's nothing special about an old neck except that it's old.
     
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    I do agree with you its the age factor that gives it value, i do like vintage necks though they kind of have a soft feel im sure you know yourself, but agree vintage gear is overpriced, whats your thoughts on vintage bodies, much the same as necks? @fezz parka par
     
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    I've owned old guitars. Lots of them.

    My 1955 ES225T was a marvelous guitar. Never should have sold it.


    My 65 Strat was ordinary.

    I have a 1983 JV Squier that I bought new in 83. It's extraordinary.

    The age of the thing doesn't mean it's a good thing. There's good and bad in both. Find the good. :)
     
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    Very true and like you say theres good and bad in all era's. I actually have a 1982 jv squier series firest edition export with the sen body which is an awesome guitar. This neck is more for a project partscaster and experimenting really, thanks

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    The nut and frets don't look original to me (too big). So basically you're paying 2 grand for an old neck with non-original tuners, a hole where a second string tree was added, and non-original frets and nut.

    Bit too strong for me - good luck. I presume you'll be able to verify the truss rod works and it's not twisted before you buy?
     
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    Not saying that it isn't possible, but I've never seen an older Strat with a fretboard that light and streaked that way. I never did much to my '66 over the years and it's still pretty dark.

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    I think the nut could be genuine but not sure on the frets, i notice eddie vegas has the same year neck for sale at the moment for 5k! https://www.eddievegas.com/store/details/1966--FENDER-STRATOCASTER-NECK.php

    No tuners at all on his one, it is better condition though.

    Yeah i can heck the truss rod etc before purchase, what would you say its worth out of interest, thanks
     
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    I can't say what it's worth - it's not something I'd buy. I'm quite happy with modern stuff. For 2 grand I'd rather buy a complete Suhr!
     
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    I understand what your saying i mean you could buy 5 classic vibes for the price of that neck but thats not really what im focusing on, vintage fender parts are just expensive unfortunately, people are asking 4k for a set of pickups!
     
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    I could understand buying something like this if you already own the 66 body/electronics/hardware and you're just missing the nect to put the whole package together. But spending 2K on a 66 neck to put on a modern body doesn't make sense. .
     
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    Yours is practically virginal compared to my '66. Did you get it new, or is this one of those "my son died in Vietnam and I just took this from under his bed deals"?