70s Strats... ANY good ones?

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  1. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    There were plenty of perfectly fine Strats made in the seventies.

    When I was in my twenties, I taught guitar in a music store, in the SF Bay Area, throughout the 1970s.

    Strats were my favorite solid body electrics at that time and I played plenty of new Strats during those years. Most were perfectly fine guitars that a great many guitar players loved, including guitarists of the day like Jimi Hendrix, who got along just fine with seventies Strats. :D

    My 1976, that I still have today, came from that music shop in 1976.

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    It had -and to this day still has- an almost unbelievably low action, a perfectly straight neck, and great tone. I have no doubt that there are plenty of other seventies, eighties, nineties, etc. Strats that are excellent guitars.

    BUT, if I was shopping for a Strat today, unless there happened to be some nostalgic reason to buy an old Strat, I'd just buy a new Player, Performer, or Professional, or a lightly used Standard or American Special, be happy as a clam, and never look back! Strats from current and recent years production are better than they've ever been.
     
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    Buddy of mine had a couple brand
    new ones back in the day. (70s)
    One that kept going out of tune
    he blamed on the 3bolts.
     
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    Do your research and see if a 70's Strat is really what you want.
     
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    The 70s Strats that are now going up in value - now in the $3-4k range - are an interesting case study in the price of nostalgia. An American Standard is at least as good a guitar (if not better) as an average 70s Strat, and can be had for about $800 across a number of year models.
     
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    Nostalgia is certainly a factor for some buyers. Not for me as a buyer today. I have a 1976 Strat because I bought mine in 1976 and have kept it all these years. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy an old Strat today, though.

    I agree, a lightly-used recent production American Standard makes much more economic sense and is probably a better guitar.
     
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    I've encountered many over the years. They are certainly not all bad. I wouldn't, however, buy one I haven't played yet. They do have a tendency to be a little brighter sounding than either earlier or more "vintage styled" examples.
     
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    I think 3 bolt was a running change in '70.
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Every one for sale is "one of the good ones."
     
  9. DHart

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    Every Strat for sale, regardless of the vintage is "one of the good ones." :lol:

    You can get good ones and (a few) messed up Strats, from any time period.

    The smart money (if value and build quality matters) is buying lightly-used American Standards, inspected in person or returnable, from the last 5 to 8 years, or so. ;)
     
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    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

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    I always liked the looks of the big headstock models, especially the black on black, maple FB models.

    I remember seeing one at a shop in the 80's for about $800. Might as well been $10,000 to teenage me.

    I finally bought a similar one: 1983 Squier SQ. Great neck pocket fit, sweet sounding pickups, light sen body.

    My only complaint is a matter of preference: the neck is a little skinny for my giant meathooks.

    I suppose 1983 ain't vintage yet, but give it time...
     
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    Strats are parts guitars. Parts guitars are good. Therefore all Strats are good.
     
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