Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by TSims1, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congratulations on your new very cooool guitar. Privilege of your still young age: if I'd were to buy a '66 guitar, that might turn very expensive...

    Ha ha, same here. It hurted when I got 28 eight and had only written a few crap songs whereas Hendrix had already completed all his masterworks. Getting better at 43: at least I was not a fat full of peanut butter monster:D
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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Happy early 42 tony . I haven't seen 42 in 20 years ....... beautiful guitar . Reminds me of the old days :p A friend of mine had a white Strat back in high school and I remember it had the best action on any guitar I ever played even until this day . I always described the action on that guitar as silky and soft . My friend Ed and I saw each other for the fist time in almost 40 some odd years this past Christmas . As you know , guitars come and go but old friend are priceless ......
    ( I'm the little guy at 5'6" )
  3. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    Well I turn 62 in a couple weeks :mad:
    Birth year guitars are pretty pricey lol
    Congratulations on yet another new guitar day
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  4. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
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  5. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
  6. Zeek

    Zeek Synchromatic

    May 29, 2016
    Illinos USA
    Congrads and Enjoy
    I do a 1966 bigsby search on reverb all the time ... also one of those expensive years, Lol.
  7. Armygirl

    Armygirl Country Gent

    Mar 14, 2014
    I love it Tony! Congrats! Oh and hi everyone... I remembered my login eventually!
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  8. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Neat! I can't afford a birth-year Strat... but I do own guitars with my kids' birth years.

    So maybe they will, too, one day. :)
  9. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    Feb 17, 2020
    Let's see...I can't afford a birth year Strat, or LP, or ES335, or SG, because they weren't in production yet!
    What was out in Sept. '51, the Esquire and Broad/Nocaster? Wiki says the first Teles were made that month.

    A high school friend, my age, found and restored a birth year Indian.
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  10. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    My first Fender Strat used to be a 78 one. Like yours, Tony.

    I bought it second-hand ca. 1984 or 1985 from a local mom an pop shop.
    It was a crazy dicoloured see-through red one with a rosewood board.
    The edges and some spots on the front were nearly milky white at some places. Crazy.
    It had a massive after-market chrome pickguard and was heavy as a boat anchor. It came with a square Fender-imprinted molded plastic case with aluminium surround.
    I remember paying the equivalent of ca. 450 EUR for it. Not cheap in these days.
    Super funky pickups and a super-sloppy far-too-oversized neckroute .
    Sold it after one year of trying desperately getting accustomed to it`s heavy weight and thin tone.

    As it turned out I was the third owner of that guitar.
    Actually I bought my first 1969 vintage Marshall 100w Superlead (with the original 4x12) from the first owner who sold it to a latter bandmate.

    The "latter bandmate" went bankrupt and his only idea to solve his problem was to sell it and take the money to the local casino.

    So he went to the casino and bought chips for all the money he got. He placed one bet only at the roulette table.
    DM 800 (Deutsche Mark was he currency then over here before EUR) on the lucky number "17". (Yes, he confirmed this was the actual number.) He lost all of his money and went away crying his eyes out.

    Every musician in our town seemed to know this guitar and it`s story. "The big gamble".
    I really felt ashamed for selling it. It was something of a local legend. But to me it was just unusable because of it`s weight and it`s shrill pickups.

    The U-shape of the neck was wonderful, though.
    I am hunting that special neckshape for decades and never found one equal to this.
    I`ve gone through a dozend of big headstock Fenders and Tokai SilverStars since that and never really arrived.
    Last stop was a MIM Jimi Hendrix model. Great guitar but not "the last word" when it comes to the "grail" of seventies Strats.

    Big congrats, Tony. I really envy you. Yours seems to be everything I always wanted from a cool Strat.
    Great colour, great weight, big headstock and it should have the right neckprofile, too.

    Wonder whether the pickups are up to your expectations, friend.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2020
  11. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Actually, this story has a different ending than I expected.

    As I went to change strings and do my typical setup, I of course had to peek under the hood n see what she looked like. I realized very quickly, there was NOTHING original going on under the pickguard. Pots, switch, wiring, pickups......none of it was original. :(
    I called the shop up today and told them and they offered me a full refund, which I took. I’m bummed. The guitar looked great and played fantastic. But it wasn’t worth the asking price anymore, and I don’t want anything less than a real ‘78. Dang. I guess the search continues.
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  12. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Unlucky Tony, well you were nearly there, well done for not settling too and keeping your search going.
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  13. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013

    Sucks, but I didn’t want an expensive partscaster. I’ll get there one day. In all honesty? I’d PREFER a good ‘78 Telecaster......maybe it’ll happen.
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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Good luck T . You'll have one before you know it
  15. michelb

    michelb Gretschie

    Mar 27, 2020
    Gratz again Tony :p
  16. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats T, I like that.

    edit: oops, didn’t read the whole thread. Too bad.
  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Very cool. I'm thinking a 1957 version will be a little less affordable but just about anything from my birth year seems to be pricey.

    Big head Strats rule!
  18. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    The only Strat I ever owned was exactly the same color scheme, but it was a ‘76. Cool instrument, but I never bonded with it.
    I agree that paying for something that isn’t there (the original electronics) isn’t right so you did the right thing by returning it, but if you liked it I would have checked the current pickups and electronic features to find out if they were good stuff and not cheap replacements, and then asked for a large discount in refund. I’m telling you that because my ‘76 suffered of the ‘end of the seventies disease’ that affected all guitars: pickups were overpowered, pots were overpowered, everything was over dimensioned and the guitar didn’t sound nowhere near to a classic Strat sound. A friend I played with at the time had a 1983 JV Squier that sounded way, way better (and more 60s appropriate, which I’ve always been told it’s been the Strat golden age) than mine.
    Btw, they sold you something not right so you did good.
    Happy ‘78 searchin’! :)
  19. I did the same thing. In 1977, I thought being 42 was old, because that’s what the papers labeled him. But I passed that mile stone. I am close to the Jerry Garcia age. Assuming I make it past that, I am shooting to out live Keith Richards. I’m just not as well preserved as he is.
  20. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Congrats Tony! I don't know if I want anything from my birth year--'79, but my first electric, an '82 G&L SC-1 was close enough :)
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