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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Oct 6, 2016.
Badge of honor after your project has been completed?
I would like to please place my order for a double bound Jazzmaster Thinline with Megatrons.
Does it have to have the weirdo JM tremolo?
Well, I gotta admit that bigsby looks pretty cool.
I think we would all learn a lot if you attempted a jazzy with a bigsby. After having a high end 50th anniversary Jag and selling it I now am contemplating a Jazzmaster build with p90s. I didn't like the trem (or the pickups) on my Jag so was considering a bigsby or Duesy trem although worry about having enough break angle to make it truly functional .
I just set up a 80s japanese strat with a neck like this for a buddy. They are very nice and slightly chunkier than a typical strat. The holes are for a locking string retainer that worked in conjuction with a kahler tremolo unit....
Who installed that? An orthodontist?
This intrigued me so I just bought this Coronado body.
Nice one. Should be a great project!
Those necks were on the "Contemporary" Strats from 1984 to around 1987. As previously mentioned the holes were for locking the strings. Fender was trying compete with the popular Kramer style guitars of the time with a Kahler/ Floyd Rose type trem.
Dig the bound F holes. Looks like nice grain on the top, too. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
Ha! That’s a real subtle sanding job they did on that headstock, ain’t it!
If I remember my Fender history right, ’86 was a transition year from CBS ownership to the modern FMIC. They spent the year setting up the Corona factory in California and actually didn’t produce any American made guitars that year. They brought in the Fender Japan stuff to fill the gap. They were such good guitars and sold so well they came up with the “Crafted in Japan” label and continued to market them for the next several years until Corona was fully up to speed.
A trivia side note, when Corona finally started making guitars in ’87 they introduced the “American Standard” models, all of them sporting “E4” serial numbers because they inherited a huge stash of serial number decals from CBS and just decided to use them. As a result, US made Strat serial numbers jump from “E4” straight to “E8”.
The point being … if they really wanted to disguise the Japanese origin of that neck, they should have sanded off that “E6” serial number too!
FWIW, I’ve got a MIJ Tele from that era and it’s one of my favorite guitars. Very well built instruments.
Thats a real old one right? Thats gonna be coool
Yeah. It was cheaper than some of the other 60s bodies because someone had widened the the pocket to Strat size.
You could be right about the locking nut Ricochet but it certainly makes access to the truss rod a bit of a pain.