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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Goodwill Strat?

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Riff Twang

Tasmania Australia

torn between country and the blues..
Aug 26th, 2016 02:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think that the strat #2 would have pickup covers, knobs and pickguard made from a phenolic resin, similar to bakelite, whereas by 1957 they would be a formula of abs plastic.

That could make all the difference.

Personally I'd be a little surprised if strat #2's are original, as the pieces were notorious for chipping and crumbling away (especially the pickup covers), and although hard to see in the pic, the switch tip does not appear to be the football shape of the originals either.

As for the goodwill strat, your guess is as good as mine, but I had serious doubts of authenticity too.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
Aug 26th, 2016 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

If they honestly believed it was vintage, can't figure out why they didn't appraise and verify the thing previously....

Contributing Member

Cincinnati, USA

Aug 26th, 2016 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you zoom in on the back of the vol pot, you can see that grounds has been resoldered multiple times, implying the pickups have been replaced, or the 3-way has been replaced with a 5-way switch.



Aug 26th, 2016 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

The end of the neck is marked "JF 57".

Who is JF?
Have any collectors ever noted his name before, similar to TG or AY?

Moderator Emeritus
(with many stars)

NW Pennsylvania

Aug 26th, 2016 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ain't like none of you boys were gonna bid on it anyway...

Contributing Member

Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Aug 26th, 2016 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's important to remember that nowhere in the auction did it state anything like "100% original vintage Stratocaster..."

It's a Fender Strat alright(correct body and neck), with what looks like some 'apprenticework' done on the electronics.

Contributing Member

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Aug 26th, 2016 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Even so, a 13,000 buck strat isn't just going to plop into the Goodwill's lap regardless of all the garage sale, possible donations stories that abound.

I think they realized the liability they were possibly straddled with and chose wisely to end it.

Moderator Emeritus
(with many stars)

NW Pennsylvania

Aug 26th, 2016 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I disagree.

There's a little music store near here... out of the way and nothing fancy, but minutes from the Interstate, and he ends up with all kinds of cool stuff.

Like vintage Strats.

"My sister died... never learned how to play..."

Joe Bonamassa shops there.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Aug 27th, 2016 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll betcha they have Joe on speed dial. Most big-name buyers are on a first-call list with 2nd-hand shops.



Day late and a dollar short
Aug 27th, 2016 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I've seen some pretty pricey things selling on goodwill. Some vintage horns, violins..etc. Thousands of dollars.

Right now there is some jewelry going for 3+ grand.

old time fender player

United States

Sep 22nd, 2016 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

the neck signature looks accurate to me. i have seen many with the same initials.

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