NGD 1978 Fender Starcaster Pics Pg. 2

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Re: NGD 1978 Fender Starcaster

Post by HNB » Wed Nov 23, 2022 12:57 pm

Pacafeliz wrote:
Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:14 am
Such envy
I can't believe I have it. Super happy. I am looking forward to getting it into better shape so it can be a player again. :D



FYI another thing you can't unsee is how Fender f*cked up the modern Starcaster's pickguard. The vintage ones attach using the upper right ring screw placing the pickguard next to the pickup. Modern ones screw it to the body next to the pickup ring. I couldn't figure out why I though the guard on the newer ones looked funky, but now I know from figuring out how the vintage ones were done. It makes sense that it looks funky when it puts the pickguard over to the right like a 1/4" or so. The vintage one lines up with the side of the neck better.
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Re: NGD 1978 Fender Starcaster Pics Pg. 2

Post by HNB » Wed Nov 23, 2022 1:02 pm

Also fyi and to help anyone else out there, the modern Large Archtop Brackets will work fine on these. The two holes don't match perfectly, but they are really close. What I will do is use a drill bit to slightly enlarge both holes on the metal bracket to allow the screws to go in more straight. When tightened, it will not look off and I won't have to worry about cocking up the stock holes.

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Re: NGD 1978 Fender Starcaster Pics Pg. 2

Post by HNB » Tue Nov 29, 2022 7:32 am

Dropped it off with Spencer Lull at Mike Lull's in Bellevue. They are going to put in a new toggle and replace any pots that have gone bad. They will give me the originals in a baggy. I care more about it being reliable than trying to rebuild pots or a switch. :) Those have lasted a good 40+ years. New parts should be able to the same. :)
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