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Getting my 1966 Stratocaster back!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by clothwiring, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. clothwiring

    clothwiring Member

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    Getting my 1966 Stratocaster back today, I can't wait. Had a refret and new nut put in. The guy says it plays great, I can't wait.

    Remember these pitted frets???

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  2. straightblues

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    Wow, was that guitar playable with those frets!
     
  3. PanamaCZ

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    Joe F,

    I had the same fret grooves in a '76 Guild D50 accoustic. They got there (under the same strings by the way) from playing a lot of open chords over many years.

    Mike
     
  4. Third Stone

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    cool, who did the refret?
     
  5. gkoelling

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    Yeah, I remember those frets. Post some after pics when you have time.

    How long was it in the shop?
     
  6. drolling

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    When I finally had my old tele done, I went w/fatter frets & a mild reradiusing of the board - Not only does it play better, the strings seem to ring out longer, too!

    You going w/direct replacements or will you be trying a different fret wire?
     
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    Where does one find a trustworthy shop for refrets? I've got grooves in the frets on a '56 LP Special but I'm paranoid about having anyone touch it, for a number of obvious reasons. Here in Dallas, there's Charley's Guitars, which seems to have a good reputation among players...anyone had experiences with them?
     
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    That's a nice dark rosewood board. That's the way they should look.
     
  9. clothwiring

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    And the exact reason it had those problems. The guy was the rhythm guitar player in a band in the 60s/70s. The first 3 frets had major issues.

    I got the guitar back and Tope in New Hartford, NY did a wonderful job, it plays like a dream and obviously made the guitar fully playable again! He said it'd be a few weeks because he was backed up but he called me within 6 days (4 working days) and I got it back yesterday. The bandmates want me to play it out and sell my other Strats. lol
     
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    I was expecting a better story from the title. Something like: I sold the guitar many years ago and I'm getting it back today.
     
  11. clothwiring

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    Sorry to disappoint...my story telling skills are best saved for songwriting. :) I did get it back yesterday and it sounds phenominal.
     
  12. nsriley

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    No kidding? Tope works on your guitars? I've had him do many of my guitars before! I live in Utica. He does awesome work. He refretted a '76 Les Paul I used to own, and it was top notch work. He's the only local luthier I trust. I haven't seen him in a while because I sold off most of my guitars and only kept a few that are in good shape. I do have a MIM Strat that needs new frets though.

    -Peace
    -Nate
     

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