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Tricky1
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:18 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Cool 80s Japan axe.
If you don't like vintage spec Strats, then you need to pass.
If you do like them, these are very correct High Quality copies.

The headstocks prior to mid 85 were Fender clones.
This headstock shape was only used from Mid 85 through 86.

Someone replaced the original bone nut with a graphite one, and routed the pickguard for truss adjust.
I'll build up a bone nut, and It will get 2 more trem springs and a pickguard.


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Specs:
Pretty much a 63 clone, but with a 5 pos switch.
Full size Alder body
six screw, stamp saddle big block V-trem
63 screw pattern, 3 ply pickguard
Maple neck, Rosewood veneer board
63 D profile
21 Vintage size frets
25.5 scale, 7.25 radius
1 5/8 nut, 2 3/16 heel
truss adjust at heel
4 bolt
Kluson style tuners
single butterfly tree
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:37 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Those were the real deal when they made them (Fender cringe). NICE score Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:14 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Nice looking...congrats!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:45 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Now that I have had time to tear this down and check it out thoroughly,
There some hidden issues. Sad

The pickups have been changed. Someone pulled the original alnico pups and put some extremely crappy ceramic pups in it. These are worse than the cheap Squier pups. Sick

Also the nut fell out of the slot when I pulled the strings. They put a cheap plastic nut with bottom radius in a flat bottom slot. Laughing
I had planned to change the nut so no real big deal there.

The rest looks good.

I have requested that the seller give me a $45 refund to makeup for some of the cost for pups. We'll see what his answer is.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:02 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

The seller was cool about sending the refund.
Now for some Rose pups.

I have already crowned and polished the frets, cleaned and oiled the board, and roughed in the new bone nut.

More to come.

This will be a killer Classic spec Strat.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:11 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Roughing in the bone nut.





Frets crowned and polished. Fretboard cleaned and oiled.
Fitting the nut for slotting.





Pickups. The bridge pup is good, mid/neck have to go.





Body striped down for cleaning. Paint fade, yellowing visible.

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Looking good so far...

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:51 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Hay Terry. How you been man?

Everything ready for the new pups and shielding to arrive.
I'll wait until I get them in, and then lay out the nut slots.

Going to pick up a 79/80 CM140B tomorrow. Smile
That will keep busy in the meantime.
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Tricky1 wrote:
Hay Terry. How you been man?

Everything ready for the new pups and shielding to arrive.
I'll wait until I get them in, and then lay out the nut slots.

Going to pick up a 79/80 CM140B tomorrow. Smile
That will keep busy in the meantime.


I'm doing good...trying to sell some gear to pay bills. Sad

My band has been doing well this year getting to play lots of places. We're going into the studio in December to record out first CD.

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