Got A Free Strat Body Today

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  1. Tyrannocaster

    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    I was not expecting this at all. I'm in the middle of dealing with ISP changes, wifi relays, and all sort sorts of internet related shit, plus I am working on not one, but TWO new songs, and along comes this: a Strat body that a buddy gave me unexpectedly today. I thought he was going to bring over a trem unit which would have an unusable block for my purposes (long story, but "Reville") but not only did he bring the whole trem unit over, but he also brought its body, too - and gave the whole bag to me.

    While the trem is nothing to write home about, I am interested in the body. I have a weakness for black Strats:

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    That's my '73 Strat. It was a piece of shit. I'm hoping this is better.

    I don't know who made the body, but it is rather heavy, leading me to suspect ash wood. So much of it is covered with paint it's hard to tell. The pg holes line up for most of them but the telltale upper part of the pg is off by about 3/4 of an inch. So not a USA Fender replacement, then.

    Yeah, I can already hear the classic Agile forum cries of "PIX OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN". Neotenic tonehounds aside, I believe in satisfying your atavistic desires, so here it is:

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    View two:

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    Three:

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    Yeah, it's almost the same image as the first one, but it's night time and there's no light except this.

    I'm of several minds as to what to do with this. I have a no-name neck that fits it sloppily, and maybe I'll give that a try. Or maybe I'll try my luck with another Chinese neck like I did with my Esquire, although I am really, really, not fond of those dinky frets at all.

    I already have some good Strats; the one in my Avatar is a guitar I have not talked about much here, which is a shame, as it's a friggin' whore of a good guitar. If you don't like that description, I am truly sorry you don't understand allusions and metaphors - that guitar is a hell of an instrument. It's all Warmoth, made to my specs with a wide, deep neck (as is my red Telecaster), and with Dimarzio Fast Tracks. No, for sure a lot of you guys would not spec that out, but it's perfect for me. So I have no faint hopes I'm going to replace the number 1 or 2 Strat ('94 MIM Strat Special HSS w/Dimarzio Super Distortion) with this. But I would like to make it into a credible player, because if you know anything about me at all, it is that I value how a guitar plays and sounds far more than how it looks. That's just how it is.

    So now...it's mulling-over time. There are worse ways to spend your time.
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Bump for Black Bodies.
     
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    I think maybe sit on it for awhile, and find the perfect neck for it. It seems you don't need it put together right away, so now real rush.

    I dig it. It could be a real fun player.
     
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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    I had to google atavistic.
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Never mess with a sesquipedalien. :)
     
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    My sentiments, too. It does look like it could be a nice body. I don't mind the dings at all; they are real. I'm thinking about it - good to have something to mull over.
     
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    I like your description.
    Plus, it's a Strat. I love Strats.
     
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    Is that some sparkle in the paint? If so could that be a squier std?
     
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    Black bodies are beautiful, indeed.

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    I like Fudge Ripple, myself. And I have to say, fuck you, David Justice!

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    No sparkle. The woodwork is all very clean and regular - whoever made it did a nice job. It's full thickness, too. It could be a ProTone body - they used ash. But if the trem that came with it is original, then I'm stumped. The plate and the block are either one piece (?) or they were epoxied together; there are no screws or even screw holes for joining them. The plate/block/saddles assembly is hefty, not like the cheap stuff I've come to expect on imports. The saddles look pretty good, not cheap crap. My friend got this on CL as part of a trade - no info, of course. Best guess is some sort of aftermarket body, but who can say?
     
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    That sounds like the trem in my Bentley force10. Cheapo super heavy strat but some interesting hardware. I think the body is ply but maybe I assumed that.
     
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