1976 Fender Stratocaster-Player grade
This is a 1976 Fender strat. At one point a portion of the headstock was broken off. This was glued back in place and looks like some wood filler was also used. Honestly from the front it doesnt look to bad, from the back its not pretty but its solid. Additionally a brass nut was added. When this was done it looks like the broke off a chunk of rosewood behind the nut, not on the 1st fret area but behind the nut towards the headstock. It appears glued back in place. At one point the serial number was removed from the headstock. The neck has alot of wear here and there but its a nice thin rosewood board with a overall great feel to it. The frets have some wear but nothing bad, there all level with each other and there is NO fret buzz.
The tuners are original however the E string tuner is missing the bushing and it turns at a angle as the shaft is slightly bent.
The body has some wear, dents and dings but no cracks. I took a photo of a darker spot on the edge of the body, this is rather smooth but the finish is missing down to the wood, you can see one of the seams in this area , its not a crack and its not separating.The body has no additional routes and is a nice looking piece of wood.
I am going to undersell the guitar by listing the flaws very detailed because I want you to know when you get it it wont be some preserved specimen but if you are chasing play ability and tone this is the strat for that.
The guard is original and so is the bridge, saddles and block. I know the bridge pickup is not original but I have no idea what it is. I am unsure if the pots are original. I was told by the previous owner the neck and middle pickup is original and they do look correct to me, but I am not well versed in strats, i took a photo of the neck pickup.
So its a bit ugly but so was SRV's strat. The thing is it plays fantastic. When I first got it I figured I would retire the neck, maybe sell it and get another vintage one but then I played it and the action is low. Super low, like unbelievable low with zero buzz. The neck feels killer and It won me over despite its looks. If it bugs you then you can pick up a period correct neck for $500 or less. You could get $300 for this one, so add another $200 on top of this purchase and you are getting a mid 70s strat for pretty cheap.
A 70s strat is worth more then a 70s P bass, why? no idea they just sell for more. I think A 70s P bass even in this shape would bring about this. I think I am listing it for a rather fair price.
If you search ebay a naked bare wood natural body identical to this one sold for about $500 shipped, just the body.
Final drop you wont see a strat this old and this complete this cheap
The photos kind of suck but its the best I could do at this current time, if you need photos of anything let me know.
biggest wear spot on the body you can see a body seam, it is not a crack
I do believe the bridge pickup is a Bill Lawrence.
Thanks for the info I looked it up and I think you are right.
Once again I am willing to part up this guitar
Sweet Strat! That thing looks like it plays like butter, you can just tell. Free bump for an awesome seller and an awesome guitar!
Thanks dude , its a sweet fiddle but I know the crack isnt purty.
i think she's beautiful..
definitely deserves a bump.
Okay a final drop on this. I am fighting with myself not to grab the screw driver and cut it up. Its lived a life ten times over and deserves to keep going. At this price you could even make money if you parted it up on ebay. Also the crack in the photos looks dirty, well it was I cleaned it all up. It was dusty and grimy as dust settled in that area.
As I stated in the add you can grab a complete neck with tuners for around $500 in good shape and sell this neck/tuners for $300-$350. Thus would would be into a mid 70s strat under $1200, thats cheap especially considering the prices they have been going for or just leave it as is. The body and all the hardware is in decent shape for its age, the neck is where the brute of its devalue comes from, crack,nut, etc.
FYI why its so hard to not cut up is because of what just the bare bodies alone sell for, these are completed and sold listing and one is routed out.
Final drop guys, its on ebay , craigslist and I had a good trade offer this is the last chance to pick this up the price is $975, the bare body with no parts really would bring $500 on ebay and the bridge $200, the rest of the parts probably $400-$500 . I know for a fact $200 could be made splicing it down but its not worth it to me to do so.
I may even be able to save a tad and I mean a tad bit more off, lets talk
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