1966 Stratocaster Under a Bed For Decades, Now With a Pic

Teleglide

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I just acquired a '66 Stratocaster; one of those stories where a friend of a friend bought it for $100 in the 70s and stuck it under his bed. Somewhere along the way it was spray painted black with a rattle can, so it's not pretty (yet!). Electronics, pickups, and hardware are all original, frets are OK. needs a setup.

I'll post pics soon to document its restoration, but I have a question about the DC resistance readings I'm getting.

The bridge pickup measures 5.76k ohms DC resistance and sounds amazing. Middle pickup sounds like it should, but I'm getting a weird DC resistance reading of 301.8k ohms. Same reading on the neck pickup, which actually sounds a little weak. According to a tech I know it's wired correctly. I'm hoping the pickups are all alive and well, and that this is a bad pot or bad wiring.

I'm using a multimeter on a guitar cable, which is probably not optimal.

Has anyone seen this, or do you have any ideas? Thanks in advance!
 

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hogy

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On the pickups with the odd readings, does the tone control act much like a volume control? If so, you have broken coils. You may still get sound, but they'll need to be rewound. JM Rolph is your man for that.
 

deytookerjaabs

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You may be able to carefully remove the oversprayed finish. That would be really cool, but it is an incredible amount of mind-numbing work. Don't ask me how I know...

I did this with an early 60's bandmaster that was spraypainted black. Magic Eraser brought the brown back! A bit faded, but way better than sloppy black. Not sure how to approach a similar guitar.
 

Voxshall

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I took some refinish off to reveal original paint on my vintage strat and the whole process was really enjoyable to me, I feel huge connection to the guitar more than my other guitars after putting so much love into it.
 

rwijaya

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I spoke to Jim Rolph for almost an hour this morning. Great guy. Neck and middle pickups are on their way to him. Now to start on the paint...
rolph is the man for this kind of stuff, he will talk your ears off. man, such a generous human being.
 

skydog

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I read once, regarding vintage Martins, “there are two kinds, those that have had a neck reset, and those that need one”. Perhaps a bit extreme, but I think the same can be said, more and more, about vintage pickups that require rewinding.
 

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Can you tell me how a 66 neck differs, that makes it your favourite? Does it have a really narrow nut like the late 60's ones?

From the stats in the galaxy of Strats book the two 66 necks might be thinner down the bottom of the neck and have less extreme taper than some of the pre cbs 60's necks, but thats a sample size of two.
 
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andrew777

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Can you tell me how a 66 neck differs, that makes it your favourite? Does it have a really narrow nut like the late 60's ones?

From the stats in the galaxy of Strats book the two 66 necks might be thinner down the bottom of the neck and have less extreme taper than some of the pre cbs 60's necks, but thats a sample size of two.
 

andrew777

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The thin at the nut 66 neck is a rare bird. Most are thick at the 1st fret and do not taper much. I have both necks. Got lucky and got a thin one just recently purchased. More likely to get a thin one later in the year of 66. My Feb 66 is a clu .
 




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