1960 Strat restoration

reddog112

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Pictures like these American treasures on the 4th of July, what a treat....I am a 335 guy but DANG those are some fine looking guitars!
 

Jazzandmore

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Dekel, my man, you are in for a real treat! This guitar sounds and plays unbelievably great! I know you dig my blonde '61, yours is every bit as good. Maybe a bit better on the neck pickup, but I would never admit that. Perfect Strat weight, too, at 7lbs 4oz. On the dot the same as mine. This was a project well worth doing.

Starr Guitars did a beautiful job on the color. Mine has seen more smoky bars, both look killer to me.

Just got the frets done, everything assembled. Ready for the next 50 years. This is really a lifetime Strat, they don't get much better than this thing.

Can't wait to hear the music you'll create on this guitar!

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@Dekel Bor can‘t imagine a better indication of how happy you are going to be with this guitar!
 

Spider-Man

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send me a pic!

Here ya go.

I have had a black guard on it at times, and the color looks better with the black pickguard. But the color is not really butterscotch either. For a '58, it shouldn't be that yellow. I suppose whoever did the refin may have been going for a yellowed/smoked out look. I'll probably leave it as-is, but am still debating...

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Here is is with a black pickguard, and a neck pickup. I should probably just leave it like this because the yellow doesn't bother me as much with the black pickguard.

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Dekel Bor

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Here ya go.

I have had a black guard on it at times, and the color looks better with the black pickguard. But the color is not really butterscotch either. For a '58, it shouldn't be that yellow. I suppose whoever did the refin may have been going for a yellowed/smoked out look. I'll probably leave it as-is, but am still debating...

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Here is is with a black pickguard, and a neck pickup. I should probably just leave it like this because the yellow doesn't bother me as much with the black pickguard.

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Took me a minute- our 1st baby just arrived!

I like it with the black guard and neck pickup, and if the refin is done right and aged right I’d leave as is probably.
Most of the refins I see are poor and for me worth the effort- have a 58’ 335 that Ken McKay did an insane top refin to, matching e back 100%
 

Dekel Bor

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Man, that is a superb refinish! It's giving me ideas about my '53 Tele, which was refinished at home by the prior owner without removing the hardware (meaning there is still original finish underneath).
I’d absolutely take it to the right guy to rub the refin off :)
 

lowyaw

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Dekel, my man, you are in for a real treat! This guitar sounds and plays unbelievably great! I know you dig my blonde '61, yours is every bit as good. Maybe a bit better on the neck pickup, but I would never admit that. Perfect Strat weight, too, at 7lbs 4oz. On the dot the same as mine. This was a project well worth doing.

Starr Guitars did a beautiful job on the color. Mine has seen more smoky bars, both look killer to me.

Just got the frets done, everything assembled. Ready for the next 50 years. This is really a lifetime Strat, they don't get much better than this thing.

Can't wait to hear the music you'll create on this guitar!

32rebBJ.jpg


WWP77uo.jpg


ZEczsKs.jpg


geZ5bBR.jpg


L7xpqwW.jpg


AgmIxMt.jpg


dat's pretty
 

Sampler

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Here ya go.

I have had a black guard on it at times, and the color looks better with the black pickguard. But the color is not really butterscotch either. For a '58, it shouldn't be that yellow. I suppose whoever did the refin may have been going for a yellowed/smoked out look. I'll probably leave it as-is, but am still debating...

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Here is is with a black pickguard, and a neck pickup. I should probably just leave it like this because the yellow doesn't bother me as much with the black pickguard.

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That thing looks completely different with a black pickguard (maybe the lighting is different too)! I think the finish looks great....FWIW.
 

Spider-Man

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That thing looks completely different with a black pickguard (maybe the lighting is different too)! I think the finish looks great....FWIW.

Yes, the lighting is different. But it does look completely different with the back guard. I had a color theory class about 10 years ago, and one thing that really stuck with me is that colors are relative and look very different against other colors. I'm leaving the finish as-is with the black guard installed.
 

kev

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Took me a minute- our 1st baby just arrived!

I know this is TGP, guitars rule, etc., but what an amazing announcement, congratulations to you and your new family!

I've been lurk/following this resto with vicarious interest, and the guitar is fantastic! With Hogy stoked, I am not sure there is a higher stamp of approval aside from your own.
 

Dekel Bor

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Yes, the lighting is different. But it does look completely different with the back guard. I had a color theory class about 10 years ago, and one thing that really stuck with me is that colors are relative and look very different against other colors. I'm leaving the finish as-is with the black guard installed.

great choice!
 

Pauly B

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That refinish looks amazing... but I wanna know what the heck the previous owner was thinking when he put that furniture polish finish on a '60 Strat. That was flat out hideous.
 




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