1969 Fender Strat Restoration!

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1969 Fender Strat Restoration!

Post by kracdown » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:11 pm

I found this for sale locally - what looks to be a 1969 Fender Stratocaster that has had a refin, new tuners, refret, new pots, new neck pickup, and some routing. It weights 7.5 pounds and the neck is .87" at the nut, so it seems like a killer candidate for a Danocaster refin. Everything checks out, but I want to double check with the kind and knowledgable folks at OGS:

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by Pacafeliz » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:16 am

:derp: :-* DUDE I'D SO HIT THAT IN A SEC!!!
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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by Con-Tiki! » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:37 am

are the horns reshaped?
maybe the photo is distorted, but the cutaways look too big. If so, I'd start looking for a body, before I dumped a bunch of work into that one.
I've been to one World's Fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing i ever heard come out a pair of headphones.

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by Trout » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:44 am

Con-Tiki! wrote:are the horns reshaped?
maybe the photo is distorted, but the cutaways look too big. If so, I'd start looking for a body, before I dumped a bunch of work into that one.
I think that is just the picture
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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by øøøøøøø » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:04 am

I agree that something looks a little funny about the cutaways/horns, particularly on the bass side.

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by Trout » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:36 am

The strap knob is def off, but that's no biggie.. Ask for more pictures!
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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by kracdown » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:28 am

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I don't think the horns are weird. Pictures are definitely weird, but from our communications I can tell his internet skills are not great. The pickup routes look correct for early 70's (he says this is a late '69, which the serial number on the neck plate and almost every feature seems true to).

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by mgeek » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:12 am

This looks absolutely amazing...I wouldn't touch that finish, just sort out the playability and any non original parts

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by mcjt » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:30 pm

The horn looks fine.
Freaking awesome project, man. the finish looks f'Ed up, but WHO CARES?

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by kracdown » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:09 pm

Thanks for the replies... For the price, I think I'm going to have to jump on it. I want a Danocaster Aztec Gold refin eventually... I'm trying to complete my set! Still need to find an SG, Jag, and well, everything else :fp:

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by kracdown » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:34 pm

Good news... I am now the proud owner of a 60's strat ;D ... will update when the guitar is home.

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by Stam » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:57 pm

Congrats! Keep us posted on the restoration!

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration Candidate

Post by kracdown » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:08 am

Good news! It's home, and a LOT less of a mess than I thought it would be. For now, I'll let the pictures do some talking. I have some plans for it - both immediate and long term. I'll fill you guys in along the journey. This thing absolutely rips. Never really bonded with a strat before, but this thing has a legitimately chunky neck (measuring .87" at the nut) and weighs under 7.5 pounds... Think I found a good one!

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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration!

Post by takeittothemall » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:25 pm

That is some of the most intense checking I've ever seen. Almost like a well aged bench inside a baseball dugout.

Seems like an amazing find.
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Re: 1969 Fender Strat Restoration!

Post by kidmo » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:28 pm

Congrats on a killer strat. As they say, it's yours to do as you please. but man that refin has got some serious mojo, the kind that can't be duplicated. It's definitely one of a kind, congrats again and look forward to seeing the outcome.

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