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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:20 am 
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So did the pickguard on that Strat of yours come in that discolored hue to it or are we seeing the many miles that have been put on there?

Really, REALLY eye-catching whatever the reason. :love: :love:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:57 am 
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Iceman wrote:
Bought this one back in 1987 from some dude who had put an ad in the Twin City Reader. Went to take a looksee and it was in the back of his garage basically under a pile of auto body parts. The original machineheads only had 4 of the tuning pegs working. $40 paid with the stinkiest OHSC any of you could have possibly smelt in your life. I still had milk behind my ears as far as looking at guitars went at the time but he claimed to be the 2nd owner on it and said it was from '63 (my birth year ) so I figgured for a couple of double-sawbucks... eh, why not?

Put new (26 years old now) Gotohs in the headstock, finally found a period correct pickup for it last year that didn't require me unscrewing my right arm from the elbow. The Wilkinson is a vintage copy of the original bridge, the last one I bid for on evilbay went for over $400 IIRC and as much as I dearly want to get this one back to stock that just wasn't happening.

Wine red in a vintage MM would be one of the colors that was available starting in 1966 I think. Did you take time to play that one? The chunkiness of the necks on these is really something hard to describe, almost like a baseball bat been sawed in half lengthwise. They are fun though, this one is my wife's favorite couch noodler.


Yea, they thought '65-66 or so. I could not deal with that huge baseball fat neck. I like worn played guitars and I buy mostly beat pawnshop guitars and basses exclusively now,but I won't pay big buck for them. I'll pay for the condition they're in. I imagine the earlier Melody makers have the slimmer necks. If so, I'd really like to pick up one of those. :)


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