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.