Help with Strat model/age/etc.

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  1. Donal

    Donal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Premium Member

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    Well I know there are many here with just as much Fender knowledge as Gibson knowledge.

    A friend of mine has a Strat. She got it decades ago from a boyfriend who had it specially painted for her (that`s her airbrushed on it). "Unfortunatly" also the serial etc is also painted over.

    Under the assumption that one can tell the rough age etc from things like headstock shape etc. like with a Les Paul, is it possible to estimate the age of this Strat?

    Bea Fender 1.jpg Bea Fender 2.jpg

    I think I can also take of the neck and check for the year there?

    Thanks
     
  2. TheZ

    TheZ Senior Member

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    It's either mid or late 70's based on what I can see. Is there a serial number on the neck plate? If not that would point to a later 70's build.
     
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  3. Benjammin

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    the neck and/or neck cavity should have a date somewhere. That fretboard looks pretty clean, maybe a reissue?
     
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  4. tigger

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    It has a bullet truss rod and I think late 70's tuners.
     
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    That's a wild and crazy pickup selector!
    I've never seen one like that before.
     
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  6. Donal

    Donal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Premium Member

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    Thanks for the infos so far :thumb:

    Interesting to see what things to look out for on Fenders.

    Here some higher resolution pics.

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  7. Benjammin

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    Is the back of the neck painted too? Jeeze, what a great idea :rolleyes: The hardware and electronics definitely look old (are those 1st generation Hot Rails?), so maybe it's not a reissue. That fretboard is in immaculate shape though. I'm guessing it doesn't get played too much
     
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  8. TheZ

    TheZ Senior Member

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    My old CBS era Strat actually had a fretboard just like that. They really laid the poly on thick starting in the mid 70's. Not that that's a bad thing, just how they were done back then.
     
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  9. tigger

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    Ignore my tuners comments, these are standard schallers F tuners throughout the late 60's and 70's
     
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  10. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Did HE paint the headstock.
    If so, that might not be a Fender.

    High res pic of the headstock?

    And I don't see the Fender markins on the saddles.

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    In the '70s and '80s there were a lot of Fender knock-off that looked "right".
    I had a bullet truss rod look-a-like myself.
    It looked and felt like a '70s Fender!
    Lent it to an ex-gf who used it a few times.
    I forgot about it for a few years (didn't need it, had better ones :D)
    and when I "remembered" that guitar, she had forgotten about it,
    then remembered but didn't know what had happened to it.
    Had moved a couple times. Lesson learned.
     
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  11. Benjammin

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    that whole unit looks like brass or something :hmm:
     
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  12. Donal

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    It hasn`t been played in decades, she just has it stored away.
     
  13. Donal

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    Yes the headstock is painted as well, so good point, might not even be. :hmm:

    I`ll ask.
     
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    I figured as much, my first impression was that it might be a reissue, but on closer inspection, it definitely looks old :laugh2: What a waste of a classic guitar :facepalm: Does your friend play at all?
     
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    No she doesn`t. She can`t even play. She just got it as a present from a boyfriend ages ago.
     
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    on the plus side, since it was a gift, anything she sells it for would be profit. IMO, the best thing to do is have the whole thing refinished, but without the serial number (or original logo) it's not going to be worth a whole hell of alot
     
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  17. Donal

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    She`s not looking to sell it. That`s actually a picture of her airbrushed onto it. So it`s more of sentimental value than anything else.

    It just came up in a discussion a while ago and it was more my interest than anything else.
     
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    Is it 3 bolt neck or 4? If it's 3 I'm guessing late 70s.
     
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    Only one string tree guide on 70s???
    Some smaller, later headstocks had one, but not so sure about 70s, which I thought had two?
     
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    Post '71 had the cast saddles..which were not marked Fender Pat Pend...
     
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