Thin '57 Strat reissue neck

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  1. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    I bought what I thought was a '57 reissue Fender Strat in 1989 when I was young and naive. The neck has a 7.25 radius, the correct # of frets and the tinted finish, but the shape of the neck is a very shallow "C" shape, no where near the period correct V shape.

    I was once told by a repair guy that the early versions of the reissue had this style neck, but I have never come across another one like it.

    Does anybody know about this or have a similar experience?
    Thanks.
    Peace.
     
  2. Berlin Chris

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    yep, that is correct.

    I have an 57 Reissue from 86 with a very thin neck too.
     
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    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    Do you know of any ID marks on the neck? Mine has some scribbled marker on the heel, but it doesn't look like a date of production.
     
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    Mine says "86" written with pencil but I cannot remember the month.
     
  5. Rich

    Rich Silver Supporting Member

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    Had one from 96/97-- thin neck.

    Ditto with a 52 RI Tele from same period.

    I dont know when Fender went to the beefier profiles, but it had to have been later than that.
     
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    My '82 & '83 AV reissue strats have very thin necks, both the '57s and '62s. All of the Fullerton AVs I've played have had thin necks. Haven't as much experience with the later non-Fullerton AVs, but the 80s models I've owned have also had thin necks.

    This isn't to say I'm an expert, or that I've played them all. Just my experience.
     
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    I have a '94 '57 RI with a fairly skinny C shape nack on it.
     
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    My main strat is a '57 RI that I got in '89 and it was made in late '88. It's got more or a "C" neck and not a "V". I've heard that these guitars are not as true a "re-issue" as the name would lead one to believe.

    Before I bought mine, I played about four or five of these and they all had the same neck profile. Great guitars, but not what I would call a true re-issue.

    I've had the luck of playing a few strats and teles from the '50's and they had much more of a "V".

    Steve
     
  9. Luke V

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    I think they changed to the bigger neck, correct dot spacing and beveled magnets in 2000.

    My '83 '62 AV neck is skinny. The Thin Skin '62 AV I had was much bigger.
     
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    FWIW, back in the early '70s I had an actual '58 strat with a skinny C or U shaped neck, it didn't have a pronouced V at all. I heard there were differences in neck size from guitar to guitar back then.
     

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