The One

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Hillebert, Jul 15, 2021.

  1. Hillebert

    Hillebert Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi you all,

    My Name ist Nik, I am from Germany and I´d like to introduce to you my American Standard Strat built in February 1990 according to the long lost Inspection QC Hangtag.
    I bought her in a Guitar Shop at Place Pigalle / Paris in Spring 1991 and I remember the place had a large number of Stratocasters hanging from the ceiling.
    I tried like 10 different ones including one Blackmore Type in Olmypic White which I really liked also.
    But when I first touched the relativly thick neck and fretboard of this Beauty in Silver (i guess it was Inca Silver), I knew this is the one.
    In 1993 I installed a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in Bridge Position and I added some Sperzel Locking Tuners.
    I sanded off the Silver for some stupid Reason in 1995 and painted the pickguard Yellow / Blue and the Body Red/Green, ugly as hell.
    So I sanded this off again some years later and only left some of the primer.
    The Coating is thick as hell... So what we see now is what I guess might be a Body made out of 2 pieces probably half Poplar and half Basswood?
    I played her on a regular basis in numerous Bands as my main Guitar (replaced a 1981 Gibson SG) until like 2003.
    We have seen a lot of places and met a lot of friends...with less time for music and more work to do she got retired more and more. In 2010 I got me a 2009 Gibson Firebird which i played on randomly. The Strat kept waiting in her molded case.
    This Summer I decided to revive her, so i released her from her coffin and disassembled her completly.
    Removing the Tremolo I noticed that the holes of the Pivot Screws were stripped.
    On the Bass side a complete piece of wood was shoved out along the grain towards the Tremolo Block (the Movement got stopped by it i guess), so I took this piece of wood and glued it back in using Wood Glue and then epoxied both bushings back in.
    So far it seems to work and stay in place...
    I got her a new pickguard, Knobs, Selector Tip, Volume Poti some Custom Shop 69 Single Coils and a new Tweed Case (the original molded Case fell into pieces). The sound of the guitar even dry is very rich and bright with a very good sustain.
    With the new pickups she sounds amazing, they truly deliver the late chunky Hendrix Style (Hey Baby...). I even love her more than when I got her over 30 Years ago. She gets played through a 1995 Blues Deluxe and a Blackstar HR1 MKII.
    Thanks for reading.

    Nik
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  2. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome! :thumb:
     
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    jbylake Fabulously Famous Nobody Silver Member

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    Welcome aboard Nik! Good project for one you had for so long. Best of luck!
     
  5. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Welcome and nice work!

    Regarding the body - I would imagine it's all one species of wood, just since the guitar was destined to have a solid finish they didn't care about grain matching or using pieces with nice wood grain, just that it was a stable body blank. So in 1990 it could be alder or it could be poplar; that was about the time frame when Fender started mixing in poplar as the supply of alder was low for a few years (sorry, I don't remember why alder was in short supply for a few years there in the early 1990s).
     
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    Ruscio Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Welcome to ST, nice work on a great guitar!
     
  7. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Welcome to S-T.
    You certainly have a unique Strat.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. Hillebert

    Hillebert Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for the kind feedback you guys!
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    Now THAT'S some real relic mojo! Welcome to the forum.
     
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    aviamsi Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome to the forum.
     
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    Welcome! This is a unique guitar for sure!
     
  13. futures

    futures Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you for sharing your passion. In theory, guitars aren't overly complicated, like many things if given proper consideration. I remember my folks wanted to toss out and replace a 1K BBQ.. I replaced the gas hose and burners.. $50 later problem solved. I explained that it was pointless to replace things when broken.. and not bother to learn how to take care / maintain them.. you end up in a vicious cycle..

    That said, there were some upgrades I wanted to try.. every time I looked for parts.. I end up finding a guitar with the features I was looking to try for about as much or less than the upgrade costs.. so I maybe have one too many guitars :) I envy the folks who can stick to just one or two guitars and give them all the love..
     
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    Sureshot33 Strat-Talker

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    That's some great work. Love it!
    Welcome!
     
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    Rbert0005 Strat-Talker

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    Do you get a commission for using the word her?

    Bob
     
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    Sehr schön
     
  17. Hillebert

    Hillebert Strat-Talk Member

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    Thank you all again for the kind feedback.
    Regarding the "IT/HER" question: I certainly have a strong relationship to this piece of wood. It has been there for the most of my grown-up life and is absolutly the one thing (besides my family of course) I would grab if my house would burn down. I got it when I was 21, now I am 51...Also the circumstances under which I got it / her were quite remarkable. Has somethin to do with passion and love, won´t bore you with details. :)
    Anyway @ John: I think the body actually is poplar since the wood is very soft (remember the worn out / broken pivot holes). I am very happy that it is not veneered and made out of only 2 pieces. The sound and soustain is very good...
    This weekend I realized that it defintily needs some fret levelling (can´t seem to even out the D/G/B Strings from buzzing on the higher frets beyond 12# Fret on lower frets I have some remarkable wear (playin too much Blues in Am :)) So I will have to learn how to do that since I don´t want to take her/it to the luthier... pick.jpg
    I will post some pics when the neck is off...in the meantime: A pic from the old guard of mine...
    Wish you a enjoyable week!
    Nik
     
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  18. Hillebert

    Hillebert Strat-Talk Member

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    I just realized that the high E-String does not match the pole-piece on the middle and neck pickup. I can´t puzzle out how this can occur.
    Does anybody have a logical explanation for this? I does not seem to affect the tone though...

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  19. aviamsi

    aviamsi Senior Stratmaster

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    Welcome welcome.
     
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    Loosen the neck bolts and move the neck in the pocket toward the bass side. Neck is just a little crooked.