ANTI-RELIC: Post Your Restored or Like-New Guitars

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by icr, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. icr

    icr Member

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    I have been looking for a good 70's Stratocaster for a long time. Grew up in the 1970s and wanted one all my life. Saw so many in guitar shops and being used by bands back then.

    This near-mint 1974 that I obtained originally had white trim, but the original pickguard is cracked and the prior owner changed everything to black. Otherwise looks unplayed. Has replaced 5-way selector, but this will stay.

    I'll be changing it back to white trim and adding the two-piece bridge and steel saddles that the early 1970s Stratocasters would have come with. The 3 bolt neck is straight and rock solid on this one. Original staggered pickups are awesome through my new and vintage amps.

    My American Standard Stratocaster is nice and plays well and sounds good, but this 1974 SOUNDS LIKE A STRAT! This is the bottom line. Complain all one wants about them, but some 70s Strats deliver the sound!! This is the reason to get one.

    Speculators and flippers need not apply to the 70s Strat club.

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  2. gulliver

    gulliver Supporting Member

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    Your pics are not working. I'd like to see it.

    I don't think there are complaints about the guitars, I think it's more the high prices ... which many feel are not warranted. Same with '80s MIJ Strats. Mine WAS minty, but I had to go and mod/matte it. I can't have good things.
     
  3. FStrat_man68

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    My dream 70's strat is a 1972 vintage white (yellowed) with a rosewood fret board. Found one but the price was absurd especially for its condition. Guess the seller added his emotional attachment fee to the price.
     
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  4. Norrin Radd 1966

    Norrin Radd 1966 Member

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    Here's mine with a fresh top coat!

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  5. mrpinter

    mrpinter Supporting Member

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    These are all still like new:
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    The last three were demos. The first couple of Warmoth-casters I've just taken good care of.
     
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    Most of mine have a dent or chip. But they don’t look like I’ve been beating them with chains. My biggest problem is wearing out frets.
     
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  8. Scary Uncle G.

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    Same with mine. I paid good money for them so I take care of them.
     
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  9. nl128

    nl128 Silver Supporting Member

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    it took me a few hours of scraping my dead skin off of this one



    This isn’t an after pic but it’s back to new again like it was in this picture
     
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  10. johnsav

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    You have an excellent eye for design and colour.
     
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  12. Jdstrat

    Jdstrat Silver Supporting Member

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    Here's my dad's '59 ES-125TDC that started its life as a 125TD (no cutaway). He bought it in the early '60s, and sold it out of the family in the '80s. I bought it back around 2008 after my dad passed away.

    When it came back to me it had been altered beyond recognition. How it came back:
    • Original binding replaced with white
    • Bound neck
    • Black overspray on the whole body
    • Cutaway added, reinforced with bondo
    • Broken and badly repaired headstock
    • No pickguard
    • After market knobs and tuners
    • Original pickups and wiring still intact!

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    How it looks now, after a full restoration, literally better than new with cream binding, stainless frets, and all period-correct parts:

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  13. billyguitar

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    Good on you. I have a '59 just like that and your luthier did a great job!
     
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  14. Abram4235

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    Dude, I hear you man. This is my 2011 American Special Strat. I've replaced the pickups and pick guard. It's now my only electric. The frets have been leveled twice and will need to be replaced next time around.

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    Wow, that's quite the transformation.
     
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  16. 9fingers

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    I like the shapes on your Pinters! Very pleasing and functional looking.
     
  17. makeitstop

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    The only two that are in 'as new' condition are this Dean Colt hybrid

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    And an OLP Music Man that I picked up over the holidays

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    Everything else is either a relic or older guitars with honest wear.
     
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  18. MBreinin

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    In 1989 I went to a local music store to look for a Strat. I had an '82 Les Paul Custom in natural that I paid $300 for to trade.

    I found an all original and well worn black '71 Strat. The kind of guitar I would fawn over today, because it was a real deal relic with lots of body wear and basically no frets left. They wanted $750 for it. I traded the LPC and $200 for it. I figured I still came out ahead, LOL.

    I took it home that winter break from college and I put it in my bedroom. I looked at it every day and that wear drove me nuts.

    So, I took it into the basement, got out my stripper and sander and stripped/sanded all of the finish off. I then repainted it black with rattle cans. It came out well, but the clear coat kept running and it drove me nuts. I stripped it again and painted it white with a one stage rattle can job. It looked great to me. LOL.

    I then became a Satriani nut, and had a local luthier put a PAF Pro in the bridge and put jumbo frets on it. Later, I traded it, with the original parts, to a local guy for a..................silverburst '82 LPC.

    Those were the days.
     
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  19. ShredSquatch

    ShredSquatch Conspiracy Experience Director & Stunt Guitarist Supporting Member

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    I love relics...

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