Watch Should I replace my Strat pickup covers with relics?

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  1. audiodrome

    audiodrome Member

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    I have a 1983 '62 Reissue Stratocaster which has been reliced just by me playing it for the past 25 years, and I really like the natural "road worn" look. Just recently, I replaced the pickguard with a Fatboy ivory/green relic which looks great, but now I'm wondering if I should also replace the pickup covers to match. When I bought the pickguard, I also bought a set of "Re-Vibe" PU covers which have a kind of "dirty" yellow look. My guitar tech didn't think they looked as if they belonged with the guitar. He thought they would be better suited for a really beat up weathered Strat and he thought the original covers looked just fine. What do you guys think? Here's the guitar with the original 1983 PU covers:

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    And here is the "Re-Vibe" set:

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  2. 12guitdown

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    I'd say keep it as is. Looks good.
     
  3. audiodrome

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    Yeah, the "Re-Vibes" look too dirty compared to the rest of the guitar.
     
  4. crifasta

    crifasta Silver Supporting Member

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    I say leave it as...then offer to sell it to me. :banana

    I worked in a music store back when those reissues first came out and the 62 in the creme color was my fav and subsequently has been on object of lust.

    Don't change a thing...it's perfect!
     
  5. Brock

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    I think it would look cool. But you would need to change the knobs and tip also. Its just cosmetics. Post pics after you do it.
     
  6. audiodrome

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    I might try it on another Strat someday, but I think this one is done. I was originally going to go "all out" with the "aged" look but I don't think it would match my guitar. The Fatboy "Re-Vibe" pickup covers are a little too yellow and their lighter "Parchment" covers didn't look any better than the ones that are already on my guitar, so maybe it's best to just leave everything as is.

    Here's a comparison of the Fatboy "ivory" pickguard and the Fender "Road Worn" pickguard. Looking at them side by side, it's obvious to me that the "Road Worn" pickguard just wouldn't look right on my guitar.

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  7. Matt F

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    That's a great looking strat :AOK
     
  8. K-Line

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    Allparts carry a Vintage Cream cover set as well as knob set. It may be a happy medium between the two. They are a slightly yellower than parchment and would contrast the white/parchment guard slightly. Looks goos as is as well.
     
  9. benjammin420

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    id say let them age naturally, but obviously they havent. go ahead switch, it may only be you who notices, but thats all that matters
     
  10. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The Road Worn p/g looks like an Antigua burst.


    I'm not saying that in a good way. ;)
     
  11. audiodrome

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    I guess it does sort of make it look like one of those Antigua Strats - good thing I didn't settle on that one! It looked a lot better when I saw it on a sunburst model.
     
  12. macatt

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    That's a great looking Strat. I wouldn't change it.

    S Mac
     
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    I've with the camp - Leave it as it is
     

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