1960s Strat, beat to heck and beautiful

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  1. rogue.guineapig

    rogue.guineapig Member

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    Went into my local shop to chat with a tech I've known for a long while...


    lo and behold!
    There was a beat-to-heck strat on his bench...way too beat to
    be relic'd I thought.
    Turns out it's an early 60s (I think 1963) strat, 7.5" radius and all he tells me.
    He was doing some work on it for the guy...who paid in the
    area of just under 20K for it.
    Me? I had a cellphone handy.
    and I pass the p0rnage to you.
    Enjoy!

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  2. Mike Duncan

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    Stunning, just stunning!
     
  3. sinner

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    Cool, thanks for sharing!

    I love the worn smooth volume & tone knobs!
     
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    Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Broken in just right!
     
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    beautiful..... now why can't Fender reproduce that....??;)
     
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    and great pics for a cell phone!.........did ya get to play it?
     
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    Very nice.....................
     
  9. rogue.guineapig

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    I got to wrap my hand around the neck...
    if I had the money it would have been an $18,000 mistake. :)
    The pix were edited in CS3...you get a lotta mileage outta
    ANY pic with CS3. :D
    Now I want a sunburst body like that, and relic it just like that.
    Anyone? I'll trade my MIM black for your MIM sunburst +cash. :D
    it's too easy to get GAS when ya see a nice relic.
    RGP
     
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    I was just checking out a few "sub 20K" early 60's players in Chicago last week - that guitar looks great. When you play these wonderful instruments you just dont want to wash your hands afterwards.

    I wish I worked in a vintage shop where I could enjoy them all the time.
     
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    I don't usually get excited about relics, but when it's the real deal, it's something nice.
     
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    Had to go back and look---Perfect touch, ain't it. It's nice to see a guitar that's been played!
     
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    i thought it was a K-line....

    :stir

    j/k chris!
     
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    Very cool pics... Thanks for sharing!
     
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    looks alot like my 64 :)

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    Wonderful pics. Thanks, Rogue.guineapig. Notice the details most relicers get wrong. Very little actial wear down to the wood and then the wood is highly polished and filled with a patina of dirt and sweat. I like how the detail on top of the vol/tone knobs has almost worn away leaving polished plastic. And not every strat has hardware that looks like it was mounted to the deck of a ship.
     
  18. rogue.guineapig

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    I really have been looking it over...it's amazing what a REAL relic
    (ie a 60s strat or K-Line) looks like...then you see those ripoffs on eBay
    and they look like some idiot took a screwdriver to one.
    mostly chipping of the finish/paint, doesn't look like a belt sander hit it. :)
    the real thing, or a K-Line, maybe a Custom shop. Relicing seems to
    be harder than it looks.

    RGP
     
  19. edward

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    Indeed, great pics ...thanks for sharing!! Now I've got to ask you all for your collective opinion on this: will the plastic knobs "really" wear like that in 40 years?? I totally "get" the wear on the body/neck ...makes sense of course, especially if it's seeing real stage time and travel. But those knobs bother me ...did this guy have acid sweat ...just doesn't look right to this ignoramous. Thoughts??

    Edward
     
  20. rogue.guineapig

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    well he bought it for 18G, so I am assuming he's probably not the
    original owner. :D
    I guess it would make sense in one way that the paint or whatever it was
    would wear off. maybe not as good of paint back then?
    Never really seen knobs like em before.
     

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