I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

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I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

Post by shoule79 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:15 pm

I’ve been wanting a change lately from my JM and Tele. I walked into a pawn shop on Friday and they were prepping a 1979 hard tail Strat for sale. I know, I know, one of the worst years for anything Fender. I’ve tried half a dozen 1979 strats and teles and hated all of them. Mostly dead sounding and too heavy.

It’s beat to hell, but mostly original and has a good neck. It looks like someone either tried to relic it, or was trying to take off the first few inches of poly. The only things not original are the bridge and a mid boost/switch wired into the pickguard.

The only reason I’m interested is 1) 1979 is my birth year and 2) its surprisingly light for the period, 8 pounds at most (same as my JM), 3) it’s the same price as the higher end of a used MIM Strat.

I know I’d play the heck out of it, and it was comfortable enough that it would be with me for quite a while. It sure is ugly though.

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I’m going back to see if it’s on the floor tomorrow. I couldn’t make it there yesterday so it may have sold. So what say the group, am I crazy?

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Post by lunaticjaguar » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:30 pm

the neck looks pretty rad, the poo brown body is kinda poo brownish

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Post by Futuron » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:39 pm

Everybody needs a Strat (or 2)! But brown guitars are boring, and maple necks are boring!

Grab it now - but don't!
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Post by Larry Mal » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:40 pm

I wonder if you have an X-1 pickup in the bridge position there? That would be cool.

I say go for it, it is kind of ugly, but who cares... if it plays and sounds good for you then what else counts?
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Post by shoule79 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:47 pm

lunaticjaguar wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:30 pm
the neck looks pretty rad, the poo brown body is kinda poo brownish
I’ve already been joking with my wife that I’ll call it the shatocaster.

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Post by shoule79 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:55 pm

Larry Mal wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:40 pm
I wonder if you have an X-1 pickup in the bridge position there? That would be cool.

I say go for it, it is kind of ugly, but who cares... if it plays and sounds good for you then what else counts?
Tough to say, the bottoms looked grey in the pics the guy showed me. I’m assuming it’s a 79 based on the serial, and the pots all dates to 78 and 79. Still you never know.

The mid boost intrigues me, but it may end up getting yanked if I don’t like it.

Can’t wait to plug it in, I just wish the best amp in the shop wasn’t a line 6 spider with an 8” speaker.

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Post by ThePearDream » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:12 pm

Strats are wonderful and you should have one. But, there is no reason to ever own a hardtail strat.

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Post by NewKId » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:13 pm

I believe that color is called Mocha. I hope it's still there wating for you when you get back. As long as you like how it feels, its worth it. Good luck!
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Post by Larry Mal » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:34 pm

ThePearDream wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:12 pm
Strats are wonderful and you should have one. But, there is no reason to ever own a hardtail strat.
Yeah, that's my only quibble... then again, "the Hitmaker" is a hardtail Strat and that one sounds pretty good.
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Post by eskmsaul » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:04 pm

Strats are wonderful, and the more I play guitar the more I appreciate them. They're just perfect workhorses. I actually really like hardtail strats, they have a nice woodier sound than normal strats. I had a hardtail Bullet Strat that sounded very nice.

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Post by shoule79 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:34 pm

Hard tail doesn’t bother me. When I’ve owned strats in the past I’ve never been into the trem. Setting up the trem was one of the major reasons I sold my last strat. I don’t like doing it for some reason.

Don’t get me wrong, if it had a trem I’d set it to float and use it, but it’s not taking the place of my JM.

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Post by countertext » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:15 pm

Buy the Strat.

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Post by jvin248 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:52 pm

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Get it!

Clean it up (that will do a lot). Put an aged MOP pickguard on it to dress up without refinishing, and is reversible. set it up.

Play it ;)
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Re: I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

Post by takeittothemall » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:23 pm

I think Strats get a bad reputation because they can be made to sound terribly cheeseball. But they can also sound downright great (and not remotely cheeseball) in the right hands—Built To Spill, Pavement, Yo La Tengo just to name a few.

If you have the itch there’s no reason not to get a Strat.
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Re: I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

Post by mbene085 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:26 pm

Agreed, strats get some great tones. I just love the 1/3/5 positions. 2 and 4, while iconic, just conjure up images of cheesy chorus-laden wedding band tones for me.

If it's a birth year guitar and the price is right, I say go for it. I picked up a birth year strat, myself, so I could really argue against it!

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