Late 70s Strats - thoughs?

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Re: Late 70s Strats - thoughs?

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Slowy wrote: Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:47 pm Just watch out for the grey ones with 'Anniversary' printed on the body. Horrible objects. The only good things I've heard said about them were from owners desperate to find a buyer.
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Ah, see all that goopy finish damage along the upper bout? Mine had that also... I've never had that problem with any other guitar. HAving said that, I did gig with it a lot, so maybe it is unfair to pick on it for that.

Like other have said above, I also really like the bigger headstock.

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Not a fan of the big headstocks at all.

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Re: Late 70s Strats - thoughs?

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Oh boy, this is not sounding particularly positive. The good news is the bridge and tuning pegs are not original anyway, so those issues are easy fixed.

My main concerns are the weight and the neck joint. It is well played, which I see as a good sign.

There is a reason those ‘closet classics’ have been in the closet 😂

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Re: Late 70s Strats - thoughs?

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There was a lefty 70 something on TM not too long ago that offered for $2k. The guy had it listed for about a year and I guess someone was interested enough to take the punt. It was a sunburst one and didn't look too bad.

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Not a Strat but this is currently on Vintage guitars and gear NZ on FB. They're a bit of a cool kid indie guitar and they apparently sell at about 4K USD so this could be some pretty sharp buying.
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kdawg2a wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 1:57 pm Screenshot_20240313_110032~2.png
Not a Strat but this is currently on Vintage guitars and gear NZ on FB. They're a bit of a cool kid indie guitar and they average about 4K USD so this could be some pretty sharp buying.
Caught my eye.
The actual sale price history puts them a fair bit lower. 2.5-4k NZD

I think id always resent it for not having a JM trem

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JustMatt wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 1:40 pm Oh boy, this is not sounding particularly positive. The good news is the bridge and tuning pegs are not original anyway, so those issues are easy fixed.

My main concerns are the weight and the neck joint. It is well played, which I see as a good sign.

There is a reason those ‘closet classics’ have been in the closet 😂
nahh dont be put off mate. I mean, other than by the fact its a strat :wink:

Prove everyone wrong and pull a ripper out of the bag. Good luck hope its cool and you enjoy it.

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I have a couple. Aesthetically they're both nicely aged with a lovely amber on the natural finish 79 and yellow, faded white on the 72.

I can't argue with most of the preceding criticisms, but have come to recognize that all guitars have their own thing. If you like it the flaws don't matter. And they're inconsistent as opposed to universally bad.

Have a listen to Ainsley Lister on TPS as he cycles through his CBS Strats. In his hands they sound great.

Lastly, think about Brian May's Red Special and all the axioms that could be used to slate it. I'm really not sure the rules are as hard and fast as we believe. PRS think they have it down to a science but I'd rather beat the crap out of a simple Telecaster.

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NippleWrestler wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 1:47 pm There was a lefty 70 something on TM not too long ago that offered for $2k. The guy had it listed for about a year and I guess someone was interested enough to take the punt. It was a sunburst one and didn't look too bad.
I guess that would be me 👋

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Re: Late 70s Strats - thoughs?

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JustMatt wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 6:57 pm
NippleWrestler wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 1:47 pm There was a lefty 70 something on TM not too long ago that offered for $2k. The guy had it listed for about a year and I guess someone was interested enough to take the punt. It was a sunburst one and didn't look too bad.
I guess that would be me 👋
I didn't know you were lefty. That's cool.

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Every guitar is unique. I’ve got a 76 strat I bought through Grant. Had it re-fretted by Ramsay. Plays wicked. Sounds wicked (the pickups are very aggressive). Weighs a shitload.

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Yep, that was the one I mentioned earlier. Great guitar that one.
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NippleWrestler wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 7:11 pm
JustMatt wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 6:57 pm
NippleWrestler wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 1:47 pm There was a lefty 70 something on TM not too long ago that offered for $2k. The guy had it listed for about a year and I guess someone was interested enough to take the punt. It was a sunburst one and didn't look too bad.
I guess that would be me 👋
I didn't know you were lefty. That's cool.
Im not 😂

I am however happy to swap a nut around and play it upside down

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Re: Late 70s Strats - thoughs?

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JustMatt wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 7:52 pm
NippleWrestler wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 7:11 pm
JustMatt wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 6:57 pm

I guess that would be me 👋
I didn't know you were lefty. That's cool.
Im not 😂

I am however happy to swap a nut around and play it upside down
That would never work :think:
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Molly wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 5:17 pm I have a couple. Aesthetically they're both nicely aged with a lovely amber on the natural finish 79 and yellow, faded white on the 72.

I can't argue with most of the preceding criticisms, but have come to recognize that all guitars have their own thing. If you like it the flaws don't matter. And they're inconsistent as opposed to universally bad.

Have a listen to Ainsley Lister on TPS as he cycles through his CBS Strats. In his hands they sound great.

Lastly, think about Brian May's Red Special and all the axioms that could be used to slate it. I'm really not sure the rules are as hard and fast as we believe. PRS think they have it down to a science but I'd rather beat the crap out of a simple Telecaster.


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quite right, Brian. And also, I would buy that white OLY white one in a heartbeat, it just looks so cool.

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