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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Got me 1979 non trem Strat

Shlock the monster


Jan 23rd, 2018 11:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Recently I bought a 1979 non trem Strat from the internet pure out of interest. Paid big money for it, though I knew, it was from the worst periode of Fenders manufacturing, and it was!
Three bolt neck, cast iron bridge, three piece ash body carelessly glued together and heavy like a gravestone.
The pickups are only well when played clean, but going into distortion, they sound awfully weak.
An interesting time piece though.
A question to all 70's Strat owners: What's your opinion and experience with this item?
How did you modify them, if?

Shlock the monster


Jan 23rd, 2018 11:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry I'm not a professional photographer

non trem Stratocaster from 1979

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Edmond, OK

Jan 24th, 2018 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I couldn't bring it up, German site?

Congrats, I think

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Jan 24th, 2018 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was able to bring it up momentarily on my phone before all the parasites started popping up.

The only hard tail I've ever owned I bought new somewhere between 76 and 79, can't remember what year. Just like that one; burst, black pickguard and maple. It was the first guitar I ever swapped pickups in. With the help of a friend I put in some DiMarzios, which had only been around for a few years at that time. After the swap I recall it sounding really good, but it was a little tedious to play. Chances are it just needed a good setup which was a skill I had yet to even ponder.

I've owned my share of late 70's Strats. Unless they represent a birth year nostaligia, I don't see the attraction. I bought them because they were what I could afford at the time. Gus Zoppi Music on 8 Mile Rd. in Detroit. $425 for trem model, $400 for hard tail.

Had I only known that these would be worth "big money" in the future.

Indiana Mike
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Victory Mansions

Jan 24th, 2018 06:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a '79 sunburst like that but mine had a trem. It was a really beautiful guitar, excellent wood grain and on mine the pieces of the body were matched up pretty well. I recall that the "F" tuners were really nice, despite the reputation of that era. I kept the trem pulled tight to the body. The pickups were somewhat ice-picky but it sounded pretty good to my ears. I was playing it mostly through a "red knob" Dual Showman.
I sold it primarily because it was so damn heavy. I never weighed it but compared to later Strats that I did weigh, it was probably 10+ lbs.

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Santee CA

I forgot my tagline
Jan 24th, 2018 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome to the Hardtail Strat club!

They're different animals than normal Strats regardless of whether you have them blocked or decked. The absence of the trem/spring cavity is sonically noticeable.

Enjoy yours.

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Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Jan 25th, 2018 02:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

On of my students had a '78 or '79 strat. Heavy as all hell, the truss rod was shot but it played perfectly with a set of 11s. The routing for the pickups and control cavity looked like it was done with a blunt spoon. Not a bad sounding guitar though.

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Ch'town, PEI, Canada

He said he was a wit. He was half right.
Jan 26th, 2018 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome to the Hard Tail Strat Club. Mine is a Warmoth body. Plays fantastic.

Here's mine.......

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