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Stratocaster 1968 Original Olympic White Finish

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by picapoyo, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. Buzzgrowl

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    It looks really awful, the condition its in.
     
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  2. Buzzgrowl

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    It looks really awful, the condition its in.
     
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  3. crashbelt

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    I'm not averse to a bit of mojo but this need full decontamination:confused:. And I don't trust the originality of the white finish under all that dirt.
     
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  4. fattboyzz

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    I'd have to pass on it at 8k :confused:o_O
     
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  5. picapoyo

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    I got a pic of neck pocket. Entire area in the pocket is painted.
    This means this body was refinished because Fender introduced paint stick on it while they do spray job from end of 1962. The half part of the area should be paint free for this era....
     
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  6. Raphael256

    Raphael256 Strat-Talker

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    For 8000 USD u can get 5 American Pro teles, brand new :)
     
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  7. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Yah the gray and black finish underneath the white didnt look right. Probably a sunburst originally. That refinish definitely causes the guitar to lose value.
     
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  8. aviamsi

    aviamsi Senior Stratmaster

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    Take a tour at Reverb.com
     
  9. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm trying to decide if it has a clear coat, or not. Some "4:30 PM on a Friday" bodies occasionally escaped from Fender without the clear. I'm thinking it would be more of that bananna yellow color if it had a yellowed clear coat.

    Also interesting is the pickguard shield. Wasn't that a "'62, only" thing?
     
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  10. Wrighty

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    It’s been hanging on the wall for three years for a reason. Either it isn’t what it seems, there's a fundamental mechanical issue with it or in all that time no one else has thought it worth the money and the seller won't budge. Me? Well, if I have that kind of money kicking around, and decide to buy a Strat, I’d go for my Strat, brand new, to grow old with me. I’d hope that, as it’s passed down through the family, when it reaches the age of the one you’re looking at, it will be in much better condition and whoever’s turn it is to look after wouldn’t even think of selling it.
     
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  11. picapoyo

    picapoyo Strat-Talker

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    Well... I would pass this one. I found vibro champ 1978 in very good condition for USD400
     
  12. Morgenholz

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    This^, with acknowledgement to Mr. Radd for truncating his post to the pieces relevant to my experience. I grew up occasionally playing old Fenders that I could not afford, but once I could, I elected to purchase AV series (2012-2017) reissues and Custom Shop vintage-spec Time Machine relics. These have all the authenticity and vibe that I personally need, with NONE of the myriad, aggravating mechanical issues that I remember, and allow me to time-travel backward to either playing (and buying!) a well-used player from the seventies and eighties or to that mythical "What if I could go back and buy a new one?" state. To the OP, my '66 and '69 CS Closet Classics (both bought used) fool me every time I pick them up and play slicker than snot. Bonus: I have a small harem for the cost of one nice pre-CBS instrument.
     
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  13. Morgenholz

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    … and also to the OP, if you know that you really dig it and can dial it in to play well for you, it could save you several grand in the long run.
     
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  14. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    I like it. Probably not $8,000 worth of like, but $5,000 worth of like.

    Almost any neck you compare to your '62 is probably gonna be thicker.
     
  15. Robins

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    Yeah, not all of the vintage stuff is pure gold.
    You did right getting the amp and letting the guitar go.

    Life is good,
    Robin
     
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    Hi I’m not interested in buying no more but the seller is wondering if this pick up is original to the guitar. Black bobbin with hand writing on it but can’t read
     
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    35CCD970-7510-489E-ABDB-B425FE691757.jpeg Sorry forgot attaching a pic
     

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  18. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

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    The price for this guitar is outlandish. It's just an old guitar.

    I have a 1970, see the avatar. They are early CBS/Fender guitars and the pre-1965 guitars are usually better. Mine has a microphonic bridge pickup, which one day I will have rewound and potted properly. I would expect the '68 to be a little bit better for quality control than the 1970 models and Jimi could have played it, too. My guitar was refretted in 2010, has a rosewood board and an Olympic White finish. The previous owner put an extra butterfly string guide on the G & D strings, M6 Schaller minituners, and brass block string-savers on the bridge. The tone and volume pots are worn from corrosion, probably due to sweatiness.

    I've never had it appraised, but $8000 is too much for what will be a flawed guitar. I'd offer him $4500 and hope he tops out at $5000. $5000 +/- 500 is the sweet spot in my opinion.

    You can view my guitar here:

    https://www.strat-talk.com/threads/the-cbs-era-love-fest-and-picture-thread.328260/page-3
     
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    Always thought 68 s had grey pickup bobbins
     
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