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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / To repair or not? My 1973 stratocaster

MyFirstFender

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Apr 16th, 2019 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

So, I will first start off by saying I have never played a guitar so I hope that doesn't contour any resentment that I am here. This past weekend, I bought a 1973 stratocaster for 300 dollars. It has had some changes made. Different pickups, different tuners, and a difference bridge. So the question is what to do? There are extra holes in the head for the changed tuners and there are extra holes where they tried to install the strap lock. Should I simply leave it alone and learn to play it or with all the modifications, is it not worth messing with at all? I am definitely out of my element here and looking for the advice of those with far more knowledge than I have.
Thank you for at least taking the time if you have read this post. Again, I hope me being here as a non player is acceptable.

Pinetree
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Apr 16th, 2019 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just play the dang thing.





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Knuckleheading
Apr 16th, 2019 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dang! He beat me to it.

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Play it

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 16th, 2019 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep yep yep.

Take it to a competent tech and have the guitar properly set up. A "setup" costs somewhere around $50-$75 in most places, and it is the absolute best thing you can have done to a guitar to make it play well and sound great.

This is critical as a new player, because an improperly set-up guitar is harder to play. It makes your fingers hurt and you'll be less likely to want to pick it up and play it.

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Pinetree
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Apr 16th, 2019 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, In all seriousness (and there's little of that to be found here), try not to get hung up on the details.


I have seen countless (really crappy) guitars for sale in junk stores that have been played and played... someone REALLY loved those things and REALLY wanted to learn how to play guitar.



Te 52

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Apr 17th, 2019 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

When Fender comes out with your signature model in a few years, they will add all those extra holes to make it authentic.

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Apr 17th, 2019 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with all the above posts.

You got a pretty good deal. (Could be a *great* deal, but I'm not up on the current 70s Fender market. It was hot for a while back.)

Get it set up and learn to play it. However, feel free to flip it down the line if you find something you like better.

Pinetree
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Apr 17th, 2019 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Okay boys, let's place our bets to see if the OP ever returns to this thread.



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Knuckleheading
Apr 17th, 2019 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ll bet a ‘73 Strat

MyFirstFender

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Apr 17th, 2019 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the vote of confidence Pinetree! I know how forums can be. Some rando shows up and wants to know "what its worth" or does anybody want to buy it". I am simply asking what everyone thought I should do.
I appreciate the useful, serious comments.
And Leftee, you owe my a 73 strat. I'll send you my mailing address! :)

(This message was last edited by MyFirstFender at 06:13 PM, Apr 17th, 2019)

Pinetree
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Apr 17th, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Welcome aboard!




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Knuckleheading
Apr 17th, 2019 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dang!

LOL

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 18th, 2019 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

MyFirstFender,

Leftee will pay up. Not that he's a man of his word or anything--but we all know where he lives.

It takes a village!

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