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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

Hey Jemsite!

Well earlier this year i scored myself a very nice gibson studio with flame top for slightly over 1k CAD. It was a very nice axe, but i decided to put her up for sale, but i asked a lot for her that way it would discourage low ballers and find me some great serious offers. meanwhile, i would enjoy my Gibson. Last week, a man sent me an email offering me a 1975 fender strat. I am a strat hound and my 2005 strat has displeased me in the greatests of ways lately with the frets always poking out no matter how many times i file them, so this offer was very tasty. I asked for pictures and a history. as it turns out, it had always belonged to him and his family. It first belonged to his brother who bought it in 77` from a local music store, his brother later traded it to him in exchange for his Gibson marauder. this happened in 83`. The guitar than received some modifications, to the pickguard and the body. He fitted a paf-pro on the pickguard, and it`s funny to see as i assume humbuckers had not yet been coupled with a pickguard at this level, so he stuck a pickup ring, and recessed the pick up the rings level. It`s smart, but today the outcome would be different if he thought of doing that. anyways, so i scored myself a really old paf pro too. He left me the original bridge pick up along with the volume button that he had switched for a smaller one. So when i was walking away with a huge grin on my face, i planned my after noon. I stopped by the music store to buy a new 3ply black pickguard, along with more soldering lead, than i headed home to take her apart and start cleaning. I started by completly removing the pickguard to see what mess he had done under. He did a nice shielding in the cavity, he`s a new electrician, but in the 80`s, when this guitar had no value, he completly butchered the body to fit the humbucker. At least he tried to carve along the pick up. Whatever, it`s under the guard and none of my concern really. So I took off everything, including the pararellel and series circuits he had added to it, and i soldered in the new pick up and cleaned up the old solders. Screwed it back in. Then it was time for fretboard clean up. I was gonna do only mild work as i like the fretwear, so i decided i`d go Rich style on her, and so i hocked some loogies all over the board. Sounds crazy to everyone, but it works really well, now she`s all shiny and covered of my dna. So the pickguard is an unoriginal part, along with the tuners which were also switched to schallers in the 80`s.

So why did he do this ? The answer is simple, like many of you here, his wife holds a vice grip on his balls. And he`s stupid, but we`ll just say he`s kind .

Here are the pictures!

In case you were wondering, she plays really well. Kind of makes me wonder how well the pre-cbs played, if everyone agrees that CBS era axes butchered the Fender name.














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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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more pictures!










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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 07:39 PM
 
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Re: Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

That is SWEET! I love 70s strats, and I especially like the tuxedo look (at least that's tuxedo for strats anyway).

Only thing imo that would make it better would be a vintage 6-screw tremolo, but that's still a sweet axe.
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I hardly ever used those tremolo`s I find the hardtail much more simple, aesthetically pleasing on the back side and tonally superior. More sustain, and it since it doesn`t shift as much, tunning is actually improved, not that the 6 screw syncro trems were tough on tuning. It`s different alright, thanks a lot
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Very nice.
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Re: Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

Just sucks how the guy munched up that, and I use the term loosley, "humbucker route."

oh well you can't sew it.
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Re: Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

Niceness, new guitars make for a good day.
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Sweet, she must play like heaven!
Congrats!
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awsome score! I love 70's strats. The best strat I have ever played was a 79.
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Re: Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

Nice, i always wanted one of those hardtails


Congrats on cleaning her up
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Re: Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

Congrats! I had the pleasure of borrowing a friend's 78 hardtail strat (walnut finish) and it was a dream. It looks a lot cleaner with the single coil in the bridge
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Re: Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

Nice! That brings back some good memories for me. One of my first "real" guitars was a black 76 Strat. Unfortunately I did the Jimi with it when I was about 15 & so it also became one of the first guitars I destroyed.
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Re: Got a 1975 Fender Strat - pictures and minor restoration!

Yeah i did her intonation today and she sings. Man i am so happy, but part of me wants to sell her because she`s worth quite a bit and she cost me so little to get, it would be great profit, and i haven`t yet been attached to her. but then again, this is literally the first guitar i ever dream of. I wanted one like jimi, with the big headstock, maple board, preferably white, but i dreamed about how smooth that board must feel under his fingers , or nice it would be to hold something that was nearly twice as old as me
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