Strat neck opinions

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    Badge of honor after your project has been completed?
  3. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    I would like to please place my order for a double bound Jazzmaster Thinline with Megatrons.
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  4. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Does it have to have the weirdo JM tremolo?
  5. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Oh yeah!!
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  6. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Well, I gotta admit that bigsby looks pretty cool.
  7. Mudshark

    Mudshark Synchromatic

    Jul 20, 2012
    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 .
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2016
  8. DW_Dillinger

    DW_Dillinger Country Gent

    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....

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  9. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Who installed that? An orthodontist?
  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    This intrigued me so I just bought this Coronado body.

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  11. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    Nice one. Should be a great project!
  12. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Synchromatic

    Feb 11, 2013
    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.
  13. dilver

    dilver Country Gent

    Feb 16, 2009
    Dig the bound F holes. Looks like nice grain on the top, too. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
  14. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    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.

    Last edited: Oct 9, 2016
  15. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    Thats a real old one right? Thats gonna be coool
  16. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Yeah. It was cheaper than some of the other 60s bodies because someone had widened the the pocket to Strat size.
  17. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
  18. Henrytwang

    Henrytwang Synchromatic

    Feb 28, 2010
    teignmouth uk
    You could be right about the locking nut Ricochet but it certainly makes access to the truss rod a bit of a pain.
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