I love the look of the late 70's strats but hesitate to buy one because I've heard they're inferior guitars, that they're too heavy, lacking in tone. Is this an earned reputation?
monstermike said:Some of them are. Concrete bodies, no contours, tweezily tone, and horrible neck pockets.
The 79 I had was beautiful - not too heavy, with a sweet, liquid tone. The neck did shift, but drilling it out for four bolts and careful filling of the gaps in the neck pocket (sawdust and epoxy? I'm not sure what the repairman used) made it as stable as any Strat I've played, and increased the sustain substantially. I wish I still had it.
I would personally think about buying a 70's Strat like I would about buying a silverface amp - there are great ones out there, but even the great ones might need some tweaking to maximize their potential.
Exactly. You are more likely to get a nice one in a '65 than a '75. They still made some exceptional guitars in the 70's. If you plan on buying one blindly from ebay w/o playing it first then you probably shouldn't expect an amazing guitar. I have owned a bunch of them and didn't buy the boat anchors. In general I like the 3-bolt stuff up until about 1974 w/ staggered pole pickups. I usually have avoided the later stuff only because of the affordability of the earlier 70's models (yes, they are climbing now).Unburst said:Don't believe the hype, there are no absolutes in the guitar world.
I grew up playing a late '70s Strat and never had a problem with it.
Ditto for Norlin era Gibson, I had an '81 LP Deluxe that was great in every way.