Old vs New Stratotones

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  1. PumpJockey

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    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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    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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    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.
     
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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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    From my understanding that plays a big part in their sound.

    That being said, the new ones are plenty cool.
     
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    Very cool. 50K pots would have a noticeable effect.
     
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