oliade677
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Join date: Oct 2012
612 IQ
#1
Picked up a 1991 '57 reissue Fender Strat last night. The body shows many signs of use. The neck is losing some of it's finish and has some slight chipping along the bottom edge. The pickguard is cracked, along with one of the pot knobs. The guitar is loaded with a Seymour Duncan STK-S1N. The tuning pegs appear to be original. Should I do anything to this guitar? Is there anything I absolutely should not do? If anyone have any additional input or thoughts, I would appreciate it.











jakub421
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Join date: Dec 2008
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#2
Put it together.
If it plays good and sounds good leave it how it is.
If not, fix whatever problem you may have.
Guitars are meant to be used and worn.
KG6_Steven
Eats ponies for breakfast
Join date: Nov 2006
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#3
It has, what we call, mojo.

As already suggested, assemble it, string it up and play it. A lot of guys would pay big money to have something like that. Think, relic.
oliade677
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Join date: Oct 2012
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#5
Cool, just wanted to make sure before I tweaked anything. It was strung up before I pulled the neck from the body. The cracked pickguard does concern me, but I'll leave it as is until it affects how the guitar plays. I paid $375 with a Fender tweed case. Would it be safe to say this is worth around $1,000?
al112987
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Join date: Jul 2008
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#6
Quote by oliade677
Cool, just wanted to make sure before I tweaked anything. It was strung up before I pulled the neck from the body. The cracked pickguard does concern me, but I'll leave it as is until it affects how the guitar plays. I paid $375 with a Fender tweed case. Would it be safe to say this is worth around $1,000?
Depends The condition of the guitar is fair, and if I were a buyer, I'd certainly like to see a few things cleaned up before I'd spend money on it. Need to know more about the guitar. The neck has Hector Montes stamped on it, he was a guy who went on to work for Fender's custom shop later on in the '90s.

As for any mods... if it were MY guitar... I'd get the frets checked out, I'd also probably swap out the pickups and replace the pickguard. Duncan stacks don't really do it for me, but they do sound good and a lot of people like them. I just like something with more of a classic strat chime and bite. The stacks sound almost like P90s to me.
Last edited by al112987 at Sep 3, 2013,
oliade677
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Join date: Oct 2012
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#7
There isn't anything on the guitar that specifically states were it was manufactured. The serial number on the neck plate is V05XXXXX. I'm fairly certain it is US-made.
al112987
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#8
I'd imagine it is with the Montes neck. I can't tell you how much it's worth, but I can tell you that it's worth way more than what you paid for it.
oliade677
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#9
That's good news. We met in a public area, but there was low lighting. I could tell the condition wasn't great, which I imagine played largely into the price. I'll take it to a local guitar shop and see what they have to say about the fret wear and such. I won't change or tweak anything unless absolutely necessary.
hyper5
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#10
Definitely get the frets fixed, nut, pickguard and knobs replaced, possibly the bridge as it looks reasonably beat up and might not intonate properly. But other than those playability issues, I wouldn't go too far as its a great looking strat with alot of character, good buy for $375 imo.
oliade677
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#11
Took it by a local guitar shop. The owner said as long as it plays well, there is no need to service the guitar. He noticed that the frets had been worked on previously. All of the electronics are functioning, and it seems to play fine. I'll probably leave it as is, though I did order a new pickguard.