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  • So my '79 Strat has a '73 neck apparently

    I've got my Strat up for sale and someone noticed that the neck looked more like a '73. Just done more digging and it appears they're right. What a crazy surprise - I thought it was stock when I bought it.

    Do you think that changes the value much, including the original '73 tuners?

  • #2
    No . Pic would be nice.
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          • #6
            Nice guitar. Those always remind me of that glassy ping that ash makes.
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            • #7
              Personally, I think it ups the value. Gilmore's strat with the 73 neck comes to mind.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by badpenguin View Post
                Personally, I think it ups the value. Gilmore's strat with the 73 neck comes to mind.
                That's because it's Gilmour's - Clapton's partcaster Blackie is worth more than a lot of mid-50s Strats simply because it was owned by someone famous.

                I don't think it will increase the guitar's value because it's earlier than the rest of the guitar. A collector would prefer all-original parts, from the same year. For a player, it probably wouldn't make a lot of difference either way.
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                • #9
                  PS It's a beautiful guitar Grant. Do you have any pics of the back of the headstock?
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                  - George Carlin

                  "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                  - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                  "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

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                  • #10
                    Did you find a date stamp on the neck?

                    Just did a quick search and saw the 76 headstock which looks identical

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                    Fenders with Patent Pending decals have the date on the heel of the neck and need to be removed to be dated.

                    Some tine in 76 they started putting the serial number instead of the patent pending number on the decal. I wouldn't be surprised if they used up the 75 necks first and the new necks has the serial numbers.

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                    • #11
                      It's not in original condition, so it's not a collectors piece, definitely a player. It does have all of the original parts, but they didn't have a second string tree so that was added.

                      There's a 4 digit number stamped on the butt end of the neck that confirms the year, plus the original tuners have the shaft end visible rather than fully sealed. Plus the neck is stamped J TORRES, which is another clue.

                      The weirdest thing is that I bought this from some guy in the suburbs in Canada in 1989 and it looked stock and very lightly used. I suspect the original owner put his old favourite neck on his new 1979 Strat because he had smaller hands. The neck is really narrow compared to most.

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                      • #12
                        Here's one of the original ones. The exposed end of the post means it's old apparently.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks - I thought the tuners looked like they had been changed from the original F-stamped tuners. Frankly, I'd consider that a desirable upgrade - I hate the original F tuners.
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                          - George Carlin

                          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                          • Grant Harding
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                            Right on both counts and agree. I changed to locking Gotoh tuners years ago, but still have the originals.

                        • #14
                          very nice guitar.

                          as of value, even if its all original it would not be an collectible, as there are to many '70 strats out there and also a lot of them are lemons.
                          i think for a longer time that '70 strats are overprized on ebay and co, i would not pay more than $1500 for a perfect '74 strat and only because i'm a '74 and it would be a matching age.
                          asking above $2000 and way much more is rediculous IMHO

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                          • #15
                            Those late '70s strats are actually premium guitars although they are a little "different." The 25th anniverary year was 1979 and the strats produced then had shallow tummy and arm cuts, uneven pickguard overlay on the lower bout, painted sheilding in the control and pickup cavities, fully shielded pickguard and a hotter bridge pickup. They are also very heavy and they sound great.

                            Because the body cuts are different, the guitars did not have the 'Original Contour Body' sticker on the headstock.
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