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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  

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  

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  

I couldn't bring it up, German site?

Congrats, I think

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Jan 24th, 2018 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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

Here's mine.......



Feb 25th, 2018 11:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

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

Our resident rational liberal
Mar 5th, 2018 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

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.


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

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

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