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

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

Post by Maggieo » Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:26 pm

shoule79 wrote:
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I should also add that I used to be very anti-Strat, hated them because of boring-ass blooz lawyers and players like Clapton and Ywngie (no idea how to spell that guy’s name and I refuse to google it, how did I do?), it’s only been over the past four or five years that I’ve come around. There’s a reason so many people play them.
I used to be in the same camp. I did used to own an 80’s MIJ strat with that Fender branded locking trem thing. I actually liked it, but hated dealing with snapping strings mid set and having to get out the allen keys to restring it.
It sounded similar to my MIJ JM, so out it went, and I haven’t had a strat in close to 20 years until now.

Now everything I play sounds like Stevie Ray. I’m off to buy a poncho.
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Re: I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

Post by shoule79 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:21 pm

It may not be the blues, but it sure makes me sad.

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

Post by sallikaan » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:03 pm


Too late, I own it and am keeping the colour as is, muahahahaha.
just enjoy :w00t:
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Re: I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

Post by shoule79 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:39 pm

Little update, I took the strat in to the shop earlier in the week. Heard back from the tech earlier today and it will be all setup Monday. He’s currently cleaning up/modding the electronics and letting the new setup/fret dressing sit for a couple days.

The good news is that it didn’t need a refret, and there were no issues with the truss rod. The truss rod has me a bit spooked, being a basket case pawn shop find.

Other than that he’s putting in the 7 switching mod as discussed earlier, and the cap out of an Eric JOHNSON strat. He had one lying around and threw it in. Worse case scenario, I put the old one back in if I don’t like it.

He also recommended a guy to do a refinish....

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

Post by Larry Mal » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:02 pm

See if he can verify what those pickups are.
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Re: I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

Post by Con-Tiki! » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:05 pm

Larry Mal wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:02 pm
See if he can verify what those pickups are.
and screw the refin.
that guitar is fab.
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Re: I suddenly think I need a Strat. Somebody talk me out of it

Post by Telliot » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:31 pm

Con-Tiki! wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:05 pm
and screw the refin.
that guitar is fab.
Cosigned.
The cool thing about fretless is you can hit a note...and then renegotiate.

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

Post by marqueemoon » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:50 pm

Another vote for no refin.

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

Post by boxeldah1 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:00 pm

I happen to adore the Mocha finishes but I reckon I'm within the minority.
I think overall I tend to prefer 70s finishes in general, the look of black on black maple strats or blackguard 3TSB maple strats is a lot more inspiring to me. Maybe because they're less common!

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

Post by countertext » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:37 pm

Keep that color!

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

Post by shoule79 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:39 am

Don’t worry, I’m keeping it as is.

He suggested a few things, total restore, add some more mocha in places to make the fake relic less noticeable or to add some clear to even out and protect some I’d the wear spots. All for future work though, not right now.

He digs the strat as is. He told me that if I ever sell it he wants the body due to the lower weight compared to other strats of the era he’s seen/owned.

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

Post by StevenO » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:31 pm

Leave it as is.

Curious how you know someone tried to relic it. Is it obvious? From the picture, it just looks like regular wear for those years.

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

Post by Tehz_ » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:05 pm

Don’t refinish it :)

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

Post by shoule79 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:21 am

StevenO wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:31 pm
Leave it as is.

Curious how you know someone tried to relic it. Is it obvious? From the picture, it just looks like regular wear for those years.
There is some real wear and chipping, but these were the years of thick poly. My guess is that a previous owner tried to sand it down so that it wouldn’t be as thick, or to help it age more naturally. Maybe they started sanding to do a refin and gave up. In some areas, mostly on the lower bout you can see what looks like sandpaper marks.

Some of it looks legitimate, mainly the upper bout, chipping and neck, but thinning the finish probably helped it along.

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

Post by Futuron » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:59 pm

I don't understand how everything that's brown is apparently "poo" coloured.

What about CHOCOLATE, CARAMEL, COFFEE, PEANUT BUTTER coloured etc? Lots of nice tasty things that a brown thing could be called.
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