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Old vs New Stratotones

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by PumpJockey, Aug 23, 2017.

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  1. PumpJockey

    PumpJockey Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    New Joisey
    The original H44s etc. have become very pricey indeed, thanks to people like Junior Watson and others.

    What's the word on the new ones made by Eastwood? I guess I'm primarily interested in how close they came on the pickup design. I have an H53 from 1967 but that has the gold foil pickup not the Hershey Bar.

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  2. Big Steve

    Big Steve Tele-Holic

    707
    Apr 24, 2006
    Totally different guitars. The pickups are way different, the wood is different, the neck set versus neck through, etc.

    I had a friend who bought one of the new ones and reshaped the neck and changed the pickups to Hershey Bars. It sounds pretty good, but not like the vintage ones.

    A better approach might be to buy one of the other similar guitars from the 1950's I had a Kay one that was very cool. Kay, Harmony, Rex, Silvertone and Magnatone names could appear on the headstock. Be patient and keep looking and you will find one.
     
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  3. kiwi blue

    kiwi blue Tele-Afflicted


  4. PumpJockey

    PumpJockey Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    New Joisey
    As I suspected.

    My H53, beat up but in fine playing shape (w/replacement tuners) cost just north of $400. I got an old Silvertone that's basically an H54 that I am rewiring, for under $400 (someone did a sparkle paint job on it). Yet there's a Stratotone on Reverb for over $1,500. Say what?? I'll pass.
     

  5. Big Steve

    Big Steve Tele-Holic

    707
    Apr 24, 2006

  6. Grux

    Grux Tele-Holic

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    IMG_1697.jpg I know the originals had 50k pots as well (the 1957 h44 did anyways) so I'm not sure how that effected the stratotone 'sound' but I'm sure it did. I had a hard time trying to find source them in this restore I did for a friend of mine.
     
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  7. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    From my understanding that plays a big part in their sound.

    That being said, the new ones are plenty cool.
     
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  8. PumpJockey

    PumpJockey Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    New Joisey
    Very cool. 50K pots would have a noticeable effect.
     
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