Vintage 70's strat pickguard????

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  1. Mickzep

    Mickzep Strat-Talk Member

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    Can anyone help with a vintage pickguard query?
     
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    Mickzep Strat-Talk Member

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    hi guys

    I'm thinking of purchasing the following pickguard off eBay for my 1974 strat.

    The guy has it listed as a 70's guard, however, after searching online I've not seen another 70's guard with the same pattern shielding underneath.

    Can anyone throw some light upon this as I really don't want to pay a premium for a relic'd reissue pickguard?

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Cheers

    Michael
     

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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    My -77 pick guard only has shielding around the pots.
     
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    That's all I seem to be seeing online...shielding around the pots.

    I've looked on the Eddie Vegas site and none of his guards have the square shielding.

    I just need to know whether it's 70's vintage or not.

    Cheers
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    My guess is not.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Besides. There should be stickers on it with the serial number from the guitar it used to beling to.
     
  7. tealsixtysix

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    Not until '77, I think.

    But yeah, that doesn't look right to me.
     
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    Ah, ok.
     
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    It would be right with the square shielding but the notch for the trussrod is missing for being a pickguard from 1970.
    It can well be a ´71 transition time (square shielding but no notch) but I would buy a real 1974. It would not make any sense buying a real vintage one that is not from 1974 in my opinion.

    All the best,
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    Mickzep Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi Robin

    The seller claims it came off a 1974 strat...would that be correct then?

    Thanks
     
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    Also, why did they opt for square shielding on some strats and control shielding only on others??

    Cheers

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    Pretty sure a ‘74 would have been black.

    And my ‘76 has only control cavity shielding.
     
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    74 was definitely white guards...

    I think black ones kicked in around 75 but were definitely present in 76 and 77.
     
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