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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Strat Ashtray covers Timeline



Mar 12th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Anybody know when Fender had Ashtray covers on the Strats? I'm not talking RI's but old Strats...

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Mar 12th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

All through the 1950s--since the beginning.



Mar 12th, 2017 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I read somewhere they used them for 20 years. What year did they fade them out? I don't think they made it to the 70's...

Doc Sarvis
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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Mar 12th, 2017 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

My '65 has its original ashtray cover so they were standard issue during the CBS transition.

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Axe Victim
Mar 12th, 2017 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I guess Fender didn't get the idea of the needing to mute the strings. (:oD

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Mar 12th, 2017 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, Leo didn't call them "ash trays." Players did.

They removed them from their Telecasters (they were first) and then Strats.

Rather than tossing them in the trash because they were useless, players discovered they made an excellent ashtray to keep from burning the tweed or Tolex atop the amp.


TheGulag Archipelago

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. --1984
Apr 3rd, 2017 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have one from my '74 around here somewhere.

Fiesta Ray

Pewaukee, WI USA

Apr 7th, 2017 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 76 (purchased in 77) came with an ashtray.



Apr 17th, 2017 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

My '76 hardtail had one.

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