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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Stratocaster 1970 one piece body??



Jun 25th, 2016 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a stratocaster from 1970 with a one piece body. How rare is this??

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Jun 26th, 2016 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

While exact numbers are impossible to know--they do exist. It's not particularly collectable. Being a one-piece body adds value only when the buyer thinks it's better than a multi-piece body.

Tyrone Shuz


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Jun 28th, 2016 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Unless you strip it, you won't know if it's a one-piece body. I doubt it seriously (not saying impossible, perhaps a custom order?)

They generally did one-piece bodies for blonde/ash guitars at least through the early '60's. For 1970 I'd say it's uber-rare if you can prove it.

I test drove a '60 Tele that had been stripped and poorly refinished natural. Looked like a one piece body for sure unless you looked at the guitar butt-end up. The top and back looked continuous--the two pieces were not joined in the center--it was a diagonal cut way down on the lower bout. The upper piece was probably 5/6ths of the body, maybe only 4/5ths. The cut went from a bit south of the strap button and into the bottom cutaway.

So because of that experience, unless your guitar is stripped or a natural finish (don't think they had those in '70) I don't see how you can ascertain it's a one-piece body.

And I believe it would add to the value of the guitar, at least a dealer would certainly mark it up. A personal seller may not see any benefit.

Te 52

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Jun 29th, 2016 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fender has historically been very good at grain-matching. But as Tyrone says, if you can view the butt end, and can see the tree rings, the truth usually comes out.

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Santee CA

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Jun 29th, 2016 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 50th Anni Amer Series Strat appears to have a 1 piece body. I've looked many time in varying light environments and have yet to find a seam. That said, I seriously doubt that it actually has a 1 piece body.

IOW, what Tyrone & Te 52 said.

Indiana Mike


Jul 1st, 2016 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fender has been good at grain matching when they want. I think most of us have seen examples with apparently no regard for grain matching. My opinion is that one piece bodies only matter when there is very attractive grain. If the body wood is very plain, as was common in the sixties, who cares?
I have two Strats with what I believe to be one piece bodies and they don't sound any better to me.



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Danny Nader


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Jul 12th, 2016 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

The glare hurts in trying to determine whether this is less than three pieces. Potentially two, but it could be matched very well. I would rule out a one piece body, but it's possible.

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Jul 12th, 2016 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah the glare doesn't help

but looks like there may be a faint seam line near the belly cut just where it starts near the

this could be a play on my eyes due to the angle of the guitar

(This message was last edited by LeftRightOut at 09:36 PM, Jul 12th, 2016)

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Sep 22nd, 2016 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

one piece bodies are not desireable. they warp and cup much worse than multiple piece bodies. As soon as you rout a one piece body it starts to cup in the direction of the rout. the differing grain directions of a multiple piece body help prevent this.

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