Dropped my Strat, is it damaged?

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  1. mikebat

    mikebat Member

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    Yesterday, at rehearsal, while standing, I was adjusting my strap locks and my Strat came loose and the headstock swung down and made contact with the carpeted floor, cement under the carpet.

    The neck did not snap off, thankfully, and in truth, remained in tune, but I dd notice a crack in the lacquer along the truss rod skunk strip. There does not seem to be a crack in the wood itself.

    I completed the entire rehearsal, with no incidence, or even getting that far out of tune

    Do you think I did any serious damage? What should I look for?

    Thanks.
     
  2. zztomato

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    If it hasn't changed then I wouldn't worry about it.

    Just watch that little crack in the lacquer to make sure it doesn't grow.
     
  3. daa2202

    daa2202 Silver Supporting Member

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    It's a Fender...relax. With many other brands/styles, you would have had a problem.
     
  4. firebird1999us

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    It's probably fine. If vids of SRV walking his strat all over the stage by the trem arm have taught me anything it's that beyond cosmetic damage those things are virtually indestructible

    Although a recent setup mishap (not by me) with mine led to some nasty laquer cracks in my otherwise perfect finish:(
     
  5. bluejazzoid

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    If the skunk stripe itself starts pushing out of the back of the neck, then it might indicate the damage to the truss rod... or something you might want to have looked at. Otherwise, if it's just a crack in the finish I wouldn't worry about it... it's a Strat, they're pretty tough.

    Good news is, you're on the road to making your own relic! ;)
     
  6. mikebat

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    Thankfully I was not playing the LP, it would have been game over after that fall, right onto the headstock.

    I will keep an eye on the skunk stripe, to see if it is bulging.
     
  7. AustinIsPresent

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    I dropped a tele on plain cement before problem free. Fenders are built to be played hard, including playing-related accidents!
     
  8. TheoDog

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    You are probably in better tune now
     
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    Battle scars look good on Strats.
     
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    Long ago in my less restrained youth, I tossed a Tele across the yard during a particularly contentious practice. I then picked up the guitar, cleaned the grass and dirt off the headstock and tuners, retuned it, went back to practice. No problems with the guitar.

    I also had a partscaster that was breaking strings, so I slammed it on the floor SRV style. Again, no issues.

    Two lessons learned: Fenders are really tough, and nothing gets your point across better than tossing a guitar.
     
  11. RockDC

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    I believe they call it relic'd now.
     
  12. mikebat

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    thanks for the posts, folks.

    As for relic'ing....it's pretty much only the player who will see this "artificial aging", as it's on the back of the neck alone.....so far


    Any other insights or things I should watch out for, let me know.
     
  13. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    One of my Strats has cracking all around the poly finish by the skunk strip and is flaking on the fretboard. If yours is a 90's era Strat then, that is pretty common. I think you will be OK.
     
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    The finish crack might have already been there and you never noticed it.
    Do the E strings look ok where the fretboard ends?

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  15. StompBoxBlues

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    I feel a little like George pointing out the irony of the cigars burning down his GF's fathers cabin, but...

    I found it very ironic that you were adjusting the strap locks, when the guitar fell.

    If it stays in tune, seems ok (except for the laquer) and sounds ok I would not worry about it. Think of it this way, WORST case...something is slightly broken, etc. but when of it that became apparent, you'd still just have to fix it or have it fixed. That's worst case. Sounds like you came out ok.

    Hope so!
     
  16. mikebat

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    Just double checked, mine looks good. Same tolerances at first and 22nd fret.
     
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    ah the irony... what can say, I could have changed the details to save me from that, but.... we are all friends here, right ;)

    p.s. I miss Costanza
     
  18. Gotham City Blues

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    I wouldn't worry. People are paying good money for that kind of damage these days.
     
  19. rummy

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    It is damaged.
     
  20. Cuthbert

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    I can guarantee that it's fine. If it was an SG, Les Paul or 335 the headstock would have popped right off.
     

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