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

Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by Teleglide, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. JackD

    JackD Gold Supporting Member

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    Jim does fantastic work. He did a set of PAFs for me some years ago. Came out wonderful!!
     
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  2. Vintage_

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    Looks like you got a winner there.
     
  3. kevin hart

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    My #1 guitar is a '66 Strat that I bought in '76 for $225.

    Best guitar I've ever owned... and I've owned a lot of them.

    Super comfortable neck shape, as others in this thread have stated.

    Enjoy!
     
  4. theanalogdream

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    Very cool! Do you know what the original colour was?
     
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  5. Babaji

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    ...Jim made me a set of "66" pickups for my mutant "66" C.A.R. Strat...It sounds fabulous!
    He is the "One"!
     
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  6. rdtguitar

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    Curious...Did you measure the pups once you took them out of the guitar to send for rewind? The obvious has gone unmentioned: the treble pup does not have a tone control connected , the others do. Also if the orig owner painted it , what else might have been done? The '66 should have come w a 3-way switch, if it has a 5-way then it was rewired . My point is, have Rolph check the pups before rewiring.. there's def not enough info in this thread to absolutely indicate that you need 2 pups rewired.
    I have a 1960 ( also painted black-- back then strats were so cheap that everyone was modding them just for fun) Tom Brantley did my neck pup when it died ... great job, it sounded perfect compared to the other 2 which are still original. All in all still a treasure found :)
     
  7. knavel

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    I know how you know.

    I spent a summer once in the mid 80s removing what was actually a pretty well done (for a Krylon job) candy apple red refin on a 59 strat. A decent amount of the original finish was there, but there was a surprise when it became apparent that the person who did the job initially had planned on sanding the original finish off at first (presumably) and managed to take off a lot of the original paint below the bridge. I am happy to have the guitar which is all original, but will die early from what I breathed in doing that work that summer.

    Note also the "spent a summer" part.
     
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  8. dr.prick

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    You might be able to tell the original paint from the pocket or cavity. I LOVE restoring old guitars, tho my experience is limited. (Look under Evergreen Acupuncture on YouTube for slideshows.)

    I also have a ‘62 Strat Olympic White all original I bought in ‘81 for $440. Good luck with that project!
     
  9. killer blues

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    Were the pickups disconnected from the circuit before testing?
     
  10. Uncle Vinnie

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    My '66 had noticeably fat neck, especially for a Strat, felt like a Les Paul but with more taper going up the neck.
     
  11. andrew777

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    Yep that's the early 66 neck. I have one of those in my hand right now.
     
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  12. Uncle Vinnie

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    Luck dog. I miss mine.
     
  13. andrew777

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    The fat neck sounds lot better.
     
  14. skydog

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    You do know you can edit your posts, right?
     
  15. andrew777

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    I do no. Thank you.
     
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