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who has a early to mid 70s Fender Strat?

RSRD

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I really am missing the 72 Fender Strat I grew up playing. It was my brothers and he handed it down to me in 1982 when I was 12. I had it for 12 years until I sold it in 1994. one, if not THE biggest regrets I have had in life. In fact, I vividly remember a guy that worked at Chuck Levins imploring me NOT to sell it. I shoudl have listened but was desperate for money back then and wasn't playing guitar that much. I'd Kill to have that guitar back, especially since my brother has since passed away.

Anywho.... so I'd love to see some early to mid 70s originals. I know they aren't the coveted years but nostalgia is hard to beat. Im on a strat hunt and I may well end up with another 72. Unless these 65 AVRI's are really THAT great.
 

lost sailor

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I would regret selling mine, so I never will.
The one on the right is a 72 - I have been playing it for about 40 years
(I'm not far from you in Arlington)
 

crhfish

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The two in the middle are from the 70's, the others are reissues. I got the first one 2nd from the left in 1975, its a 74. The other I got a few weeks ago, its a 78 and both are really good guitars.



Does anyone know the differences in the woods between these two guitars?
 

ant_riv

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Back Row: '74 w/trem, '69, '74 hardtail, MIJ mid-'80s
Front row: '73, '72, '73 (non-original finish),
I guess you could say I'm a fan!
 
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RSRD

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Some really nice guitars guys. Ant riv, I'm really digging your 69 burst! How does it sound/play?
 

airportbar

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I had a 74 in natural that was super light, sounded and played great. Ultimately traded it due to that fickle mistress GAS, but still have a just-as-great 78 Tele Deluxe that keeps me from jumping off a ledge in regret.
 

ScottySevins

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Back Row: '74 w/trem, '69, '74 hardtail, MIJ mid-'80s
Front row: '73, '72, '73 (non-original finish),
I guess you could say I'm a fan!
Damn man! 70s strats are my absolute favorite! I love that gold one! Is that an original pai t job? I've never seen a 70s in that color
 

Lucidology

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Have a '71 Tele … weighs more then most LPs
You can hear & see me playing it in a youtube on my signature thread via the red letters below …
 

oldcanuck

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Here is my 1973 hardtail with the somewhat rare original Canadian made Fender hardshell case.... thanks to the once US-Canada wood product embargo.

 

Hulakatt

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I love the hardtail CBS strats! A camp I used to work at had a Fender Lead II, a black late 70's hardtail (black pickguard and plastics) and a drip edge Bassman with the matching 2x15 for the band. I loved that strat and tried to talk them into selling/trading it to me but since it had been a donation, no deal. It has since been lost.
 

buddyboy

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Here's my '73. I've owned a TON of Strats over the years, including the full range of CS Time Machines, a '56 and a '64. I've kept this one the longest. Not too heavy, not too light, big U neck and it sounds like Richard Thompson's when you switch it to the bridge/neck.

 

ChampReverb

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Back Row: '74 w/trem, '69, '74 hardtail, MIJ mid-'80s
Front row: '73, '72, '73 (non-original finish),
I guess you could say I'm a fan!
My '74 looks just like the natural one on the bottom in the middle. I bought it used from a friend in '75 when it was less than a year old. I eventually had to replace the pots and pickup switch about 20 years ago because they had developed some kind of crumble-ish corrosion and were becoming intermittent. I had the neck refretted about 15 years ago by Jim Mouradian and rarely play it theses days because my parts Tele has captured my attention. Great guitar though.

-bEn r.
 

custom53

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I had a mid to late '60s Strat once.. Should have kept it... This picture was taken in 1974..


 
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ant_riv

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So many nice strats in this thread!

No unfortunately the gold is not original. It is a nice job, though.

The '69 is the best strat I've ever owned. Everything a late-'60s strat is claimed to be, this one is. Almost didn't buy it because I hated the color at the time. Couldn't forget the sound though. The red has faded a lot over the years.
 

blong

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Here's mine. It's actually a later 70's. 78 to be exact. It's a road warrior that saw many gigs at one point.





Bob
 

b_rogers

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That is sensational! What are we looking at?
Thanks! The outside two are parts casters projects and the center is a 74 road dog. Has crappy noiseless pickups in it when that shot was taken. Now it has a set of late 50's strat pups that someone drove the pieces flush on and a Hot hand wound bridge pup with ilitch backplate. Great guitar.
 

arem

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Here's my 1972, it still has some 1971 details making it one of the earliest 3 bolt guitars. It was modded heavily by a previous owner but I have it close to stock again (the EMG's are gone). If there was a fire this would be the guitar I grab to save.

 






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