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Old March 11th, 2013, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NGD 1978 Fender Stratocaster

So one of my good friends was selling his old Strat. This friend of mine calls me for sub gigs from time to time and he's trying to buy a new car. I kinda violated the new years resolution I originally was focusing on: No New Gear. Well, I got this one for $700. So I'm putting my other strat on c-list and I shouldn't be out more than $4-450 on it altogether.

That being said, this deal was too sweet to pass on. It needs a total refret, thus the price, but so worth it to me. This strat has at least 10 years worth of gigs in it, no relic action, just pure honest player wear! I know the pickups, knobs and trem block aren't original. Oh well, I've got a sweet D. Allen Austin Blues strat set to throw in it!
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Old March 11th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old March 11th, 2013, 12:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old March 11th, 2013, 12:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's what she looks like under the hood. Looks like the serial number sticker came loose under the pickguard. Do you guys think I should refinish it? Or maybe get it done by someone? Maybe a period correct 3 color sunburst?
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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This strat has at least 10 years worth of gigs in it, no relic action, just pure honest player wear!
Yeah, but you didn't put the wear on it, so thats like having a Relic, in all!

Friend of mine has a very similar Natural finish (74 I think). Nice Guitar. Lovely Player.

Congrats on a cool buy.

PS Leave it Natural - Screams 70's to me in Natural with a big old headstock.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Don't you dare refinish that. Very cool guitar - especially with all the gack on it!
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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ditto jonnyfez, you can refinish it and make it look like any cheap guitar, its your guitar, but..... Love the way it looks now. I would clean it good, that is about it.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice!

Theres a similar one for sale near me, its VERY heavy. Is yours?
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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I wouldn't change a thing.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Don't you dare refinish that.
I appreciate advice like this... Upon closer inspection on the condition of the frets, I'd say they're shot. I read 0.025" at the 14th fret. Yeah, she's going to my favorite fret tech in Bedford! Probably 6105's, if that's what I've settled on... hmm...
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Theres a similar one for sale near me, its VERY heavy. Is yours?
I'm without a bathroom scale. I would guess about 8 lbs., not as heavy as my '58 VOS Les Paul, that's for sure! I don't think I've seen a guitar needing fretwork this bad in a while!
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I have a similar fret issue on a 74 telecaster only it's poly. Unplayable and it needs to be stripped because that finish always chips in a re-fret. I think I will have them compound radius the neck from 7.5 at the bottom to 9.5 at the top. Good luck with the re-fret.
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I'm without a bathroom scale. I would guess about 8 lbs., not as heavy as my '58 VOS Les Paul, that's for sure! I don't think I've seen a guitar needing fretwork this bad in a while!
I refretted my 71 Tele, the refret cracked the fretboard varnish. As it was a refinned body, and going to be player I had it refretted with med jumbos and had a Danish oil finish on the fretboard ...... It is now a sweet player, all the vintage tone, with a superb neck.

For pics and stuff, search for threads I started. NVGD 71 Tele.
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That HAS been played!

Agreed, just refret and leave the rest alone.

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Old March 11th, 2013, 06:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
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A good clean up & refret.
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Agreed, clean up, fret dress, setup....nothing more

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Yes, my buddy and sometimes bandmate is one heckuva guitar player. He's put in the time on the bandstand.
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Those frets, just from the pictures you posted, and it is hard to get a good feel for them from a few pictures, are no where near refretting to me, dressing yes, but I am ok with lower smaller frets. Everyone is into the jumbo size now. I would try dressing them a bit and playing them first before refretting.
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