A Nice Surprise - 1/56 Strat Body - Pictures Updated 9/3

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  1. relix63

    relix63 Supporting Member

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    I've had a beat up old Candy Apple Red Strat for as long as I can remember. It was a partsocaster when I bought and it had a 60 slab board neck and various other early 60's parts & hardware. Being a hardtail, there was trem cavity to have a date in it. I removed the finish from the middle pickup cavity and no date there either. It was always going to be a mystery until I got the Strat in the thread below that had a date in the control cavity.

    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/56-59-strat.1873761/

    Today while changing the strings I decided to try removing some of the thick finish in the control cavity and this is what I found.

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    Looks like it might have a 1/56 date in it. I've had the guitar well over 20 years and I had no idea the body might have been from the 50's. I'm currently working on another project guitar but this might be the next one. Here's my 55 Tele project.

    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/ngd-rescued-a-55-telecaster.1940822/

    Oddly enough this happened to me one other time with an unknown Strat I bought.

    https://www.thegearpage.net/board/i...f-my-signature-strat-vintage-content.1601849/
     
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    Yes, that's a 1-56 body date alright. Congratulations!
     
  3. Jack Daniels

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    Cool. How did you remove the paint and not damage the date?
     
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    A heat gun was my weapon of choice. The first part I uncovered was the dash and I thought I burned the wood. I almost stopped right there unti I figured out it wasn’t a burn mark. Heat guns work great but you need to be very careful.
     
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    That makes it an ash body, too - no?
     
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    I would assume that but won’t know for sure until I strip the body. That’s not going to happen for months. Finding out this is a 56 Strat body doesn’t make it sound any better but it sure made it cooler.
     
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    Ash body, for sure.
     
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    Yup, obvious as all get-out.:cool:
     
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    For those that are interested, the body has been stripped. There's still a lot of prep work to do before refinishing but at least now I know what path I'm going down. This guitar begs to be done in a 2 color sunburst. Here's some before and after pictures.

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    So the CAR was a refin, then. Could it have been a factory refin in the late-‘60s? CAR Fenders had the gold undercoat after ‘65, I believe. Nice thing to find out about a guitar you’ve had for years. Cheers!
     
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    This will be at least the 2nd refin and possibly the 3rd. There was a trace of blue under the red/gold/white. I can't imagine why anyone would want to cover up all that beautiful grain. Now I begin the search for some proper parts. I might just buy a Fender 56 Vintage RI Strat to start with for semi correct parts. I'm not certain buying actual vintage parts makes much financial sense.
     
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    What a beautiful piece of ash! I'd go with a sunburst finish on that one!!!
    Show that grain.
     
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    Here is the Strat before being stripped of parts and finish. On the right is it's soon to be twin, a 55 Strat. Both hardtails.

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    very awesome. I just had RS restore one from clear coat so it's cool to see the grain once. They found the body date under the paint even older than the neck.
    those sanded shots are great! huzzah
     
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    And a 1-piece body too! An excellent foundation for what looks like it will be a really cool project!
     
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    That body would look amazing -and different from your '55- in Mary Kaye-style blonde.
     
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    Kind of like this one? It was blonde but has yellowed a lot over the years. It's an ash 56 Strat with a 59 neck.
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    What a gorgeous body!
     
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    The body is now all cleaned up.
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