RS Guitarworks, what do you get for your $, my 63 strat refin.

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  1. bgwicks

    bgwicks Member

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    I picked up my 63 strat today after it was refinished and restored by RS.

    This is a cool guitar that I bought of ebay. Gulp! It was totally original except for the pickguard, the finish and some screws and is dated Feb 63.

    It had an intersting life starting off as a sunburst, then going phsycadelic in the 60s, before being stripped back to natural in the 70s.

    As a result the cavities were an interesting mix of wild paints. Luckily there was almost no loss due to sanding, and all the routes etc are original. The natural finish allowed me to verify the dowells etc.

    I love sonic blue and so it was restored to that.

    I would describe my experience with RS guitarworks as outstanding. They are careful, meticulous and knowledgeable. The end result is better than I ever expected. The stripped body had evidence of the nail holes, although filled with red paint. The nail holes have been re-instated correctly. Also under the red was the body date intact.

    I don't like heavy wear, which posed a problem as the guitar had been heavily played. This is also a bonus of course as the thing rings like a bell, and vibrates madly.

    They did a great job of ageing the pickguard to be in between the browned out hardware and the new sonic blue finish.

    The lack of relicing was my order, despite the advice of Roy! They felt it needs more and recommended I play the heck out of it to get it.

    The guitar had 4 coats of blue nitro after undercoat and the finish is superb.

    Finally it had a very nice, clean refret back to vintage frets.

    All that is left to do is enjoy it. I haven't had a chance to do it however i am told by the folks at RS that the neck pickup is to die for.

    I recommend RS to anyone who wants to restore an instrument with great care and in accordance with the way it would have been made originally!

    Here are some photos.

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    Let me be the first to say....That is a great looking guitar!!! Enjoy it in good health man!

    Johnny
     
  4. snarkle

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    That's very nice! I have a Fiesta Red ’62 that had also been stripped (except for the body cavities); I had it refinished in the late 1980s, but what RS has done to yours is far, far more convincing.

    I've already had my Xmas and New Year's presents, but I feel a birthday coming on...
     
  5. rastus

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    Excellent! one of the most appealing Strats I have seen in a long time!!
     
  6. bluesjuke

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    Very well done indeed!
     
  7. sinner

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    Awesome looking! RS did an outstanding job, looks perfect to me!

    A Happy New Year Strat!
     
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    Holy Sonic Blue Strats, Batman! Looks amazing! Congrats. :AOK
     
  9. buckwild

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    Damn that is a cool strat! RS is so great
     
  10. Mike R.

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    Beautiful!

    My favorite Strat/board color combination!!!
     
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    Thanks for posting that

    I'm going to have them refin my strat sometime this year hopefully. Your post put me at ease to say the least.
     
  12. gtraddict

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    better than the CS Relic,
    great looking guitar love the color
     
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    They did a great job! I like that they left the 2/63 body date intact. I also noticed that they used the correct pickguard for an early 63 strat. Once again, Congratulations!:drool
     
  14. bgwicks

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    Thanks for all the nice feedback!

    Having now played this guitar, I can safely say the neck pickup is very special.
     
  15. Mike9

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    I love Sonic Blue - man that's sweeeeet!!!
     
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    THAT'S a proper looking relic job! Very nice!
     
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    Hi, I'm the one from the "which shop to restore my '57" thread. Just posting to tag this thread. Incredible job. I'm convinced.
     
  18. BrownDog

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    Agree with you 100% - RS just aged my Beano replica LP - outstanding as well on all counts.

    Again, very very nice!

    With tone and oneness, Mike
     

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