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    I just recently became the proud owner of a vintage 1978 Fender Stratocaster. Blond body, black pickgaurd, vintage black pickups, large headstock...beautiful. What is so amazing to me is how well it was taken care of. The guitar is damn near pristine. Even the frets look great. Hardly any wear at all. And get this, I paid $970 for it. The thing's got to be worth at least 14 or $1500. No, it's not a 60's strat, but the 70's models are starting to take off. Personally, I think it's the best investment I have ever made since my Music Man.

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    You gotta be careful with the 70s strats. The early ones are worth much more than the late one, but if you have a good one, then you're lucky. I have a '79 that is pretty cool. I picked it up at a pawn shop for $600, but then I had it refretted and did some other work to it (added a mint green/white pickguard and covers). It's great!

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    Cool Jape! I heard that some of the 79's had a problem with the coating on the body. Something about...some of them were recalled because the laquer (or what ever they coated it with) began to peel. At the music store where I bought my 78, they had a 79 just like it except that the coating on the body was all cracked up.
    $600 is an excelent price to pay! Arn't pawn shops great...well, some of them anyway.

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    Not sure about the coating. Mine is black, so it's a little different from the normal clearcoat 70s strats. Mine might have been refinished, but if it was it's a really good job — not the average looking refinish. It looks old. All of the old 60s & 50s guitars were finished in nitrocellulouse lacquer (sp?) and it's actually desirable to chip. It's very thin and over time it cracks and comes off, but it's a cool vintage look. They actually sell "Relics" that are brand new guitars that look old and worn-out.

 

 

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