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1975 Left Handed Strat almost stock Lefty

Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2011-01-03)
Price paid : US $ 600



1975 Left Handed Strat almost stock Lefty 1975 Left Handed Strat almost stock Lefty 1975 Left Handed Strat almost stock Lefty 1975 Left Handed Strat almost stock Lefty


I got this around 2005, I was on a "I hated 70's strats" phase until one day when I was selling an amp on Craig's List, I told the buyer (who was a lefty as well) that I hated 70's strats and would never own one. He brought his 79' down and I fell in love with it. He wouldn't sell it to me, so I was on a quest for a 70's strat (showed me never listen to the "Vintage Guitar" snobs, you'll miss out on a lot of good stuff). I traded a Fender Super Six I had for a while and $400.00 for it ( I was told by the people at the store I traded it to that a "Rock Star " was looking for Super-Sixes and they were trying to buy up as many as they could find). The first time I saw this guitar it was E-Bay, someone was making fun of it on the comments saying what P.O.S. it was and it was too ugly to sell and nobody would want it. It was at a local guitar store in San Francisco, so when it didn't sell I went down to check it out. It had a great neck, unfortunately someone did a lousy job making it a righty. The former owner put a righty bridge and tuners on it (I don't know why). I had to fill in the bad routing job they did and reinstall a lefty bridge. Part of the body was cracked and I glued it all back together. I installed a lefty bridge and lefty tuners. The frets needed to be replaced but I did a fret level on it to buy some time (it had just enough meat on it), I will re fret it sometime soon. The electronics were all original (the pickguard was not correct, found the correct one at Southpaw), pickups and pots were all original. The bridge pickup need to be fixed (winding broke),I sent it to Fralin for a rewind. He did not want to rewind it hotter like I asked, he said repair it instead of a rewind, "Clapton loves these pickups". After 15 minutes of him begging me not to rewind it, I said go ahead and repair it. When I got it back and installed it, it was not hot enough for me (I'm in a hard rock band), I bought a Seymour 1/4 pounder and that wan't hot enough either. I finally bought a ultra hot "hot rail" pickup and that was weird sounding. It turned out the stock 250K volume pot was bad, I replaced it with a new 500k pot and put the stock pickup back, of course It sounds great. After all that, I thought "how stupid am I that I didn't want to replace the original pot because I wanted to keep this thing original,look at this thing". All the money and time I wasted on pickups and it was the crappy pot! Now it sounds awesome, better than most $20K 60's strats (I've played with a few people that had them). I've been using it a lot lately, it stays in tune and is extremely versatile. My favorite vintage strat.


Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2011-01-03)
Price paid : US $ 600



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