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BY Molly
#814319
philly wrote:
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:
olegmcnoleg wrote:I quite like the big headstock, but yeah, those CBS era guitars were generally speaking nothing to write home about.

Funny how CBS Strat's get slammed, and I'm sure much of that is deserved because the quality no doubt nosedived from 1965 onwards.

Still good enough for Hendrix mind... :thumbup:


best strat i ever played was a 66-67.... beautifully resonant... fantastic feel.
i was offered it for (i think) about 5K around 10-15 years ago... not 62 prices but quite a lot for what was essentially not a "collectors" jobby
had the transition logo and big headstock
candy apple red tho so that was the end of that


You could be describing my CS 66. It's certainly got something.
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BY philly
#814320
olegmcnoleg wrote:
philly wrote:
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:Funny how CBS Strat's get slammed, and I'm sure much of that is deserved because the quality no doubt nosedived from 1965 onwards.

Still good enough for Hendrix mind... :thumbup:


best strat i ever played was a 66-67.... beautifully resonant... fantastic feel.
i was offered it for (i think) about 5K around 10-15 years ago... not 62 prices but quite a lot for what was essentially not a "collectors" jobby
had the transition logo and big headstock
candy apple red tho so that was the end of that


That’s cool, and I’m sure there are some crackers out there, and the closer to the transition it is, the more likely it is to be good. The worst Strat I’ve ever played—including a bunch from Mexico, was a ‘69 It was just horrible.


i'm not sure it's as simple as dates... they were made in a factory/workshop where they were trying to cut costs all the time.. as they were in the 50's.. they'd ship alder or ash in.. whatever they would get cheapest.. join bits up for economy's sake....i think most people that worked there then would be horrified by the reverential/biblical status of some of these instruments. sometimes they would end up with a peach.. other times a lemon. they didnt give a shit...as an aside i actually remember when 60's guitars were cheaper secondhand than 70's new ones :-)
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BY vintage52
#814327
I like the smaller headstocks.

Other strat variants where the headstocks are made to not look exact make me think of what a special needs Fender might look like.