62 Strat

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  1. Phil Coggan

    Phil Coggan TDPRI Member

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    I bought this 62 Strat a few years ago, it was unplayable as the neck was twisted and bowed, there was a new 5 way switch fitted, the original was in the case broken in half. It's been re-sprayed at some time, previous coats show light blue, but I think it was sunburst originally.

    Here's some pictures showing the repaired switch and the neck correction.


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  2. Nick-O

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    Lovely...a month younger than me!
     
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    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    Nice to get her playing again!
     
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    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice!!
     
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    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Nice work, mate!
     
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    68tele Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    How long did it take to 'untwist' the neck?
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    I like this guy! I can’t wait to see what’s next

    Woe! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a truss rod nut sunk that deep

    I wonder if the red paint has anything to do with Hank?

    There was an article I read once where they interviewed a guy that sprayed the bodies from sunburst to fiesta red when they arrived in England, I think he may have sprayed them for Selmers and maybe another dealer as well
     
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  8. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Weird neck stamp. Looks possibly touched up. Maybe this is being accentuated a bit because the photo is out of focus.

    A slab board at that point in 1962 is strange. If original, it was sitting around for a while before being stamped.

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    monkeybanana Tele-Meister

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    Impressive. I feel like most people would have chucked that switch too.
     
  10. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Tele-Afflicted

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    Great job, incredible guitar! Looong for one...

    What results with the neck? I have a bass with a bowed neck, tried to keep it under pressure for some days, but no result. Ironing helps? Can you tell me a little more about...
    Thank you...
     
  11. Phil Coggan

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    It took about an hour to set up, then heat applied for another hour then left over night.

    The neck stamp is original, the truss nut was pulled right in, so packing had to be used to bring it out so that the neck could be adjusted.

    The heat adjustment principle is this. The neck has to be clamped straight, the twist was pulled out with the guitar strings, so when the tuners are adjusted, tension pulls the neck to the correct position, the heat softens the fretboard glue, when it cools it locks the neck in the clamped position.
     
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  12. Phil Coggan

    Phil Coggan TDPRI Member

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    Here's what it sounds like with an old Shadows tune Kon-Tiki, recorded as close as possible to the original, 62 Strat > TVS3 > VOXAC30H2 and through an Altec 436c, Fender Jazz Bass, Taylor acoustic and BFD2 Drums.

    https://app.box.com/s/z4sf2zehlxxih2q7p8ycm0va06jmyp5b
     
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    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    Nice! 3 weeks younger than I.
     
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    fenderrookie A fan of Leo! Ad Free Member

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    A stunning example..... nice save with the neck.
    What was used on the switch, 2-part epoxy?
     
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    Unionjack515 Tele-Afflicted

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    I’ve never heard of a September ‘62 slab board—they were using veneer as early as June or July—but I suppose anything is possible! Either way, nice work saving it.
     
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    Wow, great restoration. Really nails the Hank sound on that recording too!
     
  17. Phil Coggan

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    No hard and fast rules with Strats, this covers nearly everything, after July 62 a "curved fretboard was used, ie convexed, to replace the slab, but there were lots of things done at the factory which were not documented, older stock necks were probably used...who knows?
     
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