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

Shlock the monster

Austria

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

HI!
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

Austria

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

Photo!
Sorry I'm not a professional photographer

non trem Stratocaster from 1979

Malcolm
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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

littleuch
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Florida

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

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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

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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.

DrKev
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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.......

JeffreyAK

California

Feb 25th, 2018 11:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love mine. I'm not sure what you have, but mine (bought new in 1980) is one piece ash, not three pieces glued together, and the bridge is chrome-plated brass, not cast iron. Did you pick up a Chinese forgery? It does have a 3-bolt neck, but I've never understood why anyone thinks that's a bad thing, and the really nice thing about it is the micro-tilt adjustment. For mods, my original maple neck was shot and I didn't think it was worth re-fretting and re-finishing, so I just put a new Warmoth neck on it, maple, ebony fingerboard, SS frets, black Tusq nut. CG bridge to replace the shot original, and I've had a Seymour Duncan hot stack in the bridge position since the early 80's, for a thicker sound.

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Staten Island, NY

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Mar 5th, 2018 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have 1978 with trem, and I love it a d have loved it for the 28 years I have had it. I upgraded to Callaham saddles when the originals were worn out, and it needs a new nut. Otherwise it’s stock and it’s fabuolous.

I played it with 12’s in my gigging days, I’m all the way down to a 9-46 set now. Few adjustments and it was business as usual.

I have loved its tone since the day I first played it and I still do.

MrErikJ

United States

Erik Pearson
Mar 28th, 2018 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Beautiful! I'm sure a pickup swap would do wonders.

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