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Shlock the monster



Austria

Jan 23rd, 2018 11:21 PM        

HI!<br /> 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!<br /> Three bolt neck, cast iron bridge, three piece ash body carelessly glued together and heavy like a gravestone.<br /> The pickups are only well when played clean, but going into distortion, they sound awfully weak.<br /> An interesting time piece though.<br /> A question to all 70's Strat owners: What's your opinion and experience with this item?<br /> How did you modify them, if?<br />



Shlock the monster



Austria

Jan 23rd, 2018 11:40 PM        

Photo!<br /> Sorry I'm not a professional photographer



Malcolm

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Edmond, OK

Jan 24th, 2018 08:48 AM        

I couldn't bring it up, German site?<br /> <br /> Congrats, I think



littleuch

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Jan 24th, 2018 09:37 AM        

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

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.<br /> 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.



Viera

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Santee CA

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Jan 24th, 2018 06:44 PM        

Welcome to the Hardtail Strat club! <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Enjoy yours.



DrKev

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Paris, France

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Jan 25th, 2018 02:59 AM        

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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Jan 26th, 2018 08:26 AM        

Welcome to the Hard Tail Strat Club. Mine is a Warmoth body. Plays fantastic.<br /> <br /> <br />



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